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Tokyo Jetz on motherhood, music, and women in rap

What has it been like being signed to Grand Hustle and working with T.I.?

He’s like a dad. When you go into the studio, he’s going to listen and critique, but he gives me free range to do whatever I want to do. If I wanted to release a song today, I could do that. A lot of artists aren’t able to do that. It’s me making the decisions I want to make, and he has the experience to give his opinion on certain things.

What are your thoughts on the state of women rappers?

I think it’s a great space right now for women. For so long, it’s always just been only one woman could exist in rap. But right now, there are a lot of us out there, and all of us really mess with each other, which is dope. It’s only going to get better from here.

How do you balance work life, home life and making sure everything gets done?

When I first had my son, I wanted to do everything. But you have to take a break. You may go through postpartum [depression], and there is a lot of stuff that can happen. In my situation, I had a C-section when I had my son. I ended up tearing my scar open because I was trying to do so much, and I had to sit down and take a break and let other people take over. So, give yourself time to heal.

Story by A.R. Shaw

Photos by Deanna Griffin

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