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If rap is a young person’s sport, then Ricci Bitti is controlling the game. On Season 4 of Lifetime’s “The Rap Game” (co-produced by Jermaine Dupri and Queen Latifah), we watched as the 14-year-old rapper put her skills to the test each week. Now with the radio’s attention (Streetz 94.5, V-103 and Hot 107.9) and collaborations under her belt (Drumma Boy, Zaytoven, Keke Palmer), she’s focused on building, and taking her career to the next level. Read about her more below.

When did you first start rapping?
Well, I grew up around it. I watched my older sister pursue music and get signed to Def Jam. So, I always wondered what it was like. I remember being like six or so, begging my dad to write me a rap about cookies and candy, ya know, all just for fun. It was mid- 2016 when I was like, you know what, maybe I can really do this, and that’s when I started to take it seriously and went for it.

We watched you on Season 4 of “The Rap Game.” What were some things you learned on the show that helped you with your skills?
The competition just made me tougher. I was doing a lot of things for the first time. I would definitely say the experience taught me determination.

How do you feel about the female rappers of today? (Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, Dreezy, etc.)
I love the state of female hip-hop. The girls are killing it right now. Ladies are back bossin’.

How important is it to have a great management team behind you?
Very important. As a female, first, you must have people around you that you can trust. Next, your team gotta believe in you. Your team needs to believe in you as much as you do, if not, more. Last, it helps if management has some experience and connections in the business or at least be very hungry.

Your singles “Pop Sauce Swag” and “Ooh Wooh” are standout offerings that allow fans to see and hear your gift. Explain your process of making music.
You gotta find the right beat. These days, the beat is so important with the youth. It sets the vibe. A dope beat, dope cadence, and some punchlines equal a banger.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to be on “The Rap Game”?
Make sure you are ready. Make them notice you. Remember, this is TV. I can’t stress that enough. You have to be rapping and be entertaining to make good TV.

Andre Ellington

Detroit Native. Curator of Media. www.writewithandre.com