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Omerettà the Great has taken the internet by storm with her unbelievable rapping skills and her viral videos. With her lightning-quick bars and striking beauty, this Atlanta princess reminds you of a mixture of Nicki Minaj and Twista. Ro had the chance to catch up with her and find out what’s next.

Describe your journey to becoming Omeretta the Great.
It started on Twitter. I just [began] to post videos of myself rapping to popular artists’ beats, and people liked it. My videos were about real life stuff. [People] just started gravitating to them. It started off slow but picked up. I’m not even sure how [my popularity] switched over to Instagram. One day, I looked up and I had a following on Instagram, too.

How do you describe your brand of music?
I just talk about real, everyday life stuff. Just relatable music, with lyrics about what people [go] through, stuff people can relate to. Real music with real lyrics. 

When did you know music was your calling?
I don’t know because I’ve been writing for a long time. I used to write poetry and books. I just started taking it seriously at the end of high school. At first, I wasn’t going to rap. I think I wanted to be a lawyer before I got to high school. When I got to the 12th grade, my senior year, I knew I wanted to have a rap career.

You decided to leave school to pursue your dreams. How did you come to that decision?
It was like the second semester of college. I really didn’t want to do college but I just went anyway. By the time the second semester came around, I went to class one day to do an essay and I was just sitting there like, “I don’t want to do this anymore.” I also had a friend and she wanted to do music, too, so we just dropped out together to actually pursue our dreams.

For someone battling between finishing school and leaving to fully commit to their dreams, what advice would you give them?
I’d tell them they shouldn’t waste time doing something that’s not beneficial. If you know that you can, if you know what you’re good at and that your passion can be a career for you, why waste time doing something else just because you think it’s security? If you know you can do something that’s going to make you happy for the rest of your life, do it.

It’s almost been a year since the release of your mixtape Black Magic: A Dose of Reality. How’s your life changed?  
A lot, I feel like I got a lot accomplished this year. Last year, I felt like I was just on Instagram and I didn’t even have that many followers. I was just on Instagram. But now I have worked with a couple of people in the industry.  I’m in the music industry not just on Instagram. I’m here now. I’m not exactly where I want to be, but I’m here.

Photo courtesy of Omerettà The Great

What gets you inspired to hop into the booth and work?
It’s just the right beat that makes me want to go in. If I don’t have a good beat then I probably won’t say anything. But if I have the right beat then it’ll just make me want to get in there A.S.A.P. It motivates me.

Who has influenced your approach to rapping?
Lil Wayne, YFN  Lucci, and Jay-Z for sure.

What impact do you hope your music will have on listeners?
I want my listeners to learn something from each of my songs. I’m just speaking about real stuff and I want to help people with their situation. I can probably be going through something in my life and I can rap about it and I can probably make somebody else feel better. A listening and I could be going through something similar, and I say something that will motivate them to feel better. 

You’re pretty fresh to the industry. What are three goals you want to achieve?
I know I want to hit number one on the Billboard charts. I want a Grammy, and I want to work with Jay-Z.

Any upcoming projects?
Right now, I have a single called “The Intro” and I’m working on a mixtape.

Nia Chantal

Journalist. Actress. Music Lover. Concert- Goer. Travel Enthusiast. Beauty Addict. Just a Southern girl living life to the fullest. Follow my journey on Instagram @niachantal