Saweetie says she's still 'nervous' with every new music release (exclusive)

  • Saweetie spoke to PEOPLE about new music she plans to release soon
  • While reflecting on her latest single “Nani,” the Grammy-nominated rapper shared why she still feels “nervousness” with every new music release
  • Saweetie also revealed which hip-hop icon she listened to as inspiration for her long-awaited debut album.

After releasing four EPs, dozens of singles, countless collaborations, and receiving two Grammy nominations, Saweetie admits she still feels “nervousness” with each new track she releases.

“I get nervous every time I release something. I can't help it,” the 30-year-old Bay Area rapper tells PEOPLE while discussing her new partnership with Postmates and The Boiling Crab. “I get nervous, I can't sleep at night, and I just feel like I'm sharing such an intimate piece of myself because it's created in the studio and then at some point you share it with the world.”

The two-time Grammy-nominated artist says that nervous feeling “just never goes away,” although she still produces hits that resonate with her fans, like her latest single, “Nani.”

Reflecting on the outcome of the track, which she first announced in March before releasing it on Friday, May 17, the “Icy Grl” star says she's “really grateful” that listeners embraced it so quickly.

“This is the first time I feel like there's just consensus that it's a good song,” Saweetie says, adding that her goal was to make the single sound like a “fun, cool summer day with family or friends.” “I didn't really have to fight much online, if you know what I mean. Even the haters were congratulating me, the backhanded compliments… You just have to give credit where credit's due.”

She adds: “It was just a great moment. I think all artists can appreciate a moment where their art is well received.”


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For her next songs – which she's already played for her record label – Saweetie promises more summer anthems, bar-based freestyles and more. “There's definitely a lot more singing,” she reveals. “There are songs where there are a lot of bars going through. There are songs where I'm a little more vulnerable about certain things that may have happened to me. I just feel like you get to know me better with each song and I'm really excited to share that with my fans.”

One thing that Saweetie is still taking her time with is her long-delayed debut album. The project, which is still titled Pretty BITCH musicwas scheduled to be released in summer 2021, but the rapper has repeatedly said she's in no rush to release it for a variety of reasons – mainly because she wants it to be perfect.

“The first album sets the tone for your career,” notes Saweetie. “I really took my time with this piece of art because it's delicate, sensitive and it means a lot to me.”

“I think it is our duty [as artists] to take this art seriously,” she adds. “Not many people get that platform. I'm really just grateful that I even have the opportunity to make a name for myself that is recognized worldwide. I still have a lot of work to do, but because I have so much time to explore myself and get to know myself as a person, as a woman, as an artist, I just feel ready to share these stories. I have a lot of stories to tell.”

Saweetie performs at Rolling Loud Los Angeles 2023 at Hollywood Park Grounds in Inglewood, California on March 3, 2023.

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One icon that the self-proclaimed “student of the game” says she studied to get tips on storytelling is none other than JAY-Z.

“I was listening to a whole bunch of JAY-Z albums the other day,” Saweetie recalls. “No, really. I remember when I was writing my freestyle auto raps, I was listening to a whole lot of JAY-Z. My favorite album [of his] is probably The blueprint“What I liked about it was that beyond the bars, you could get to know the man from New York who went from the block to being a businessman.”

With her upcoming album, Saweetie hopes that people will still get to know her as “the girl from the Bay Area who went to college, who made it on her own, who overcame all adversity, got signed and put out music; who was doubted and who persevered anyway.”

“I just feel like I’ve been through so much and I’m trying to find a way to tell that story on this album,” said the Single life Rap artist continues: “At first I was so private, like, ‘Don’t let me give too much away.’ But when I hear these great albums, like The deformity of Lauryn Hill, The blueprint, [Kanye West’s] Diplomayou could really get to know these people. I really just want the world to get to know Saweetie better.”