Saweetie on ‘The Single Life,’ Takeoff’s Passing, Grammys & More

Image via Publicist/Edwig Henson
Image via Publicist/Edwig Henson

Since the release of “Closer” featuring H.E.R. earlier this year in February, fans have waited tirelessly for Saweetie to drop new music… and now, they’re finally in luck. The Bay Area native returns with her highly anticipated project titled The Single Life, speaking volumes to her transition into being completely independent for a year and a half now (Quavo and her split in March 2021).

The six-track project is spearheaded by lead single “Don’t Say Nothin’,” which she says is inspired directly by the men, media and blogs that are constantly in her business. It’s a reminder that everyone is entitled to the privacy of a personal life. Saweetie spits on the chorus: “Don’t you tell nobody we fucking, shut your mouth n*gga don’t say nothin’!”

Saweetie explains the inspiration behind the record, “It’s my memoir as a single woman, dealing with men who talk too much. I put all of my experiences into one song. The studio is definitely therapy.”

When asked why The Single Life has taken as long as it has, with the release date having been pushed back a few times, Saweetie simply states, “Girl it was baking in the oven. No microwave shit!”

That little video snippet you guys posted was everything!
Yeah, I love her.

You flew her out and took care of her whole team for the video. Can you talk about being on music early? 
I just love new artists. No one reached out to me or helped me out, I figured everything out myself. More women who are in position to help the younger women, we should do that because no one helped me. But instead of having a chip on my shoulder, you have to be the difference you want to see. So that’s what I do.

We all saw your viral interview on Caresha Please… is it hard for you to separate your personal life from the public eye?
Honestly, it’s hard when there’s leaks of information. It’s like, who the hell knew that? It’s a blurred line almost. I mean, that’s what happens when you’re the president. [Laughs.]

Did you feel any type of way about Quavo’s line in “Messy”? “I said, ‘Caresha, please,’ ‘cause she too messy.”
I have no comment. [Laughs.]

Hip-hop took a huge loss with the news of Takeoff passing. What was your reaction to his death? How did that affect you?
It honestly felt so surreal. I feel like the world stopped. He was a wonderful human being. I mean wonderful, like hella dope. My heart, my condolences go to his family. It’s just really surreal. I feel like hip-hop is in a really eerie state right now.

Absolutely. Especially in L.A. with the deaths of PnB Rock and Drakeo the Ruler. A lot of artists say rapping is a dangerous profession. How do you feel? 
No it really is. I think a lot of people aren’t sensitive to rappers, male or women. Not only are we being vulnerable with our stories, it does get dangerous because of some of the environments we are in. I just hope the vibration in the hip-hop community raises, because it’s sad seeing young men pass away at such an early age. They did not deserve that.

Last year, you were the only female rapper nominated for Best New Artist at the 2022 Grammy Awards. Who deserves Best New Artist this year? 
Can you remind me who’s nominated?

Omar Apollo, Wet Leg, Latto, Domi & JD Beck, and Anitta are all in the running.
I’ma go with my girls Anitta or Latto.

What do you think of the category as a whole?
The Grammys period, it’s great to be acknowledged for all of the hard work. Not all artists show behind the scenes, we literally put in so much time. Our schedules get so crazy because we’re working all night, working all morning. Barely have time to eat, rest or see family members. Shoutout to all of the artists that got nominated because getting recognition for hard work is honestly a priceless payment.

What acting gigs can we expect from you in the near future?
Girl, I’m trying to be a superhero. [Laughs.]

Can you speak on the hoodie swap with Champion? 
This Saturday, November 19th, you can go to your local Champion store. You can bring in a Champion hoodie or another brand hoodie, swap it in for a new hoodie and swap yours out. It’s all about showing love and paying homage to Champion, because they started the hoodie vibes.

Anything you can tell us about Pretty Bitch Music?
Pretty Bitch Music is a movement. All of this is Pretty Bitch Music. That’s gonna be my album name because that’s my stamp, but this whole movement is Pretty Bitch Energy. Shoutout to the Pretty Bitches.