Throughout 2021, there was a swarm emerging female rap artists from the DMV. Today I was introduce to a rising female rap artist from Prince George’s County who will soon be taking over the DMV rap scene by the name of Ms. Amarachi. From a young age, Ms. Amarachi developed a knack for crowds after hosting events at her church and while attending Bucknell University for undergrad. Aside from hosting events, Ms. Amarachi uses her voice and creative sound to positively impact the communities she comes from. She has performed on many stages and has been featured in Kaboom Online Magazine, Trapstyle, the Hip Hop Enquirer, and several other magazines and publications.
Ms. Amarachi has an infectious charisma and a creative style that is not like those in her generation. However, “with a spirit so pure, rhymes so conscious, and a bright mind”, Ms. Amarachi continues to make strides in the entertainment industry. The motto she lives by is “what is for you will never miss you, and what missed you was never for you.” Checkout our discussion down below.
Q: Can you tell us about your latest project and talk about the inspiration and meaning behind it?
Ms.Amarachi: I knew it was time for me to make a project where I reveled a little more about myself. A lot of people look at me and think so highly of me, which is great, however I wanted to show some of the insecurities I have had to overcome, to become the woman many see me as today. That is the story behind the creation of my project “The Skin I’m In”.
Q: Think about someone or something that may have inspired you to make music. Who was or what was it?
Ms.Amarachi: I took a music class with young girls at a juvenile corrections facility while in college. One of the assignments they were given was for them to select an artist that inspired them and make a presentation on why that artist inspired them. One of the young ladies selected me as an artist that inspired her, and she talked about how my music helped her gain more self-confidence and showed her that her situation would be ok. For that, and countless other stories I have been told, I will continue to make music, even if it inspires just one person.
Q: What accomplishments do you see yourself achieving in the next 5 to 10 years?
Ms.Amarachi: In 5-10 years, I see myself with countless Grammy, BET, MTV, awards, continuing to inspire the world and leaving an everlasting footprint. I see myself headlining festivals, going on book tours, opening community centers in my county, and just doing dope shit for my people.
Q: How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Ms.Amarachi: My music makes you listen intently, make the stank face and rewind to relive the bars that went over your head. I love making music that makes people think and that reminds people about the origins of rap.
Q: What is your creative process like?
Ms.Amarachi: It’s different every time. Sometimes, I get a beat and write to it, sometimes I write a song and find a beat that works, and sometimes I think of concepts and formulate songs from those.
Q: Take us on a journey back to the first song you have ever written. How was that experience?
Ms.Amarachi: My first real song was in the 12th grade. I wrote about my experience while on a trip in DC. It was, interesting to say the least, but now that I look at my growth, even from the songs I dropped a few years ago, I’m happy with my progress.
Q: What challenges have you encountered since being a music artist and how have you overcome them?
Ms.Amarachi: Because I’m a woman who raps, there are expectations that people have about the music I “should” be making. Then I open my mouth and they are extremely surprised about the content and type of music I make. Staying true to myself and the music I make presents a constant challenge, when I look and listen to the type of “female rapper” that is acceptable in today’s times.
Q: Which qualities do you think make a great musician?
Ms.Amarachi: You must stay true to yourself, make music that you believe in and remember that your art will always have an impact, it’s up to you whether good or bad. Also, it’s important to reflect the times that you are creating music in, because music is a universal language, which has the power to heal and/or divide.
Q: Describe your favorite and least favorite part about being a musician.
Ms.Amarachi: My favorite part is recording. I love love LOVE being in the booth, as its the most exhilarating feeling ever! My least favorite part is, ironically enough, promoting my music. I hate feeling like I’m forcing people to listen to my music, idk its just weird. I do however know that all aspects of this process, from creation to release and beyond are extremely important in the success, or failure, of a song/project.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Ms.Amarachi: “Keep going!” It’s very short and simple, but it gets right to the point. A lot can happen in 6 months, 6 days, shoot 6 hours, and the only way to find out what that is, is to keep going.
Q: What’s next for you?
Ms.Amarachi: Music, visuals, and content is ALWAYS in the works; however I will be taking the rest of the year to decompress and prepare to hit the ground running in 2022. Maybe you’ll see me at award shows soon, or performing at a show in your neighborhood… I’ll just let the universe guide me to and through my next journey.
Be sure to follow Ms.Amarachi on all social media platforms @itsmsamarachi. Her music can be found on Apple Music, Tidal & Spotify. Take a listen to her latest other than “The Skin I’m In” and let us know what you think.