Billboard has tapped Ice Spice as the new “Princess of Rap.” In a cover story with the magazine, the 23-year-old rapper discussed the difficulties she’s faced balancing her private life with her newfound fame. She also touched on the challenges involved with getting used to the spotlight.
These revelations had Twitter buzzing.
On Being Named The Princess Of Rap
Many found Ice Spice’s new title as the princess of rap well deserved. That’s considering the incredible strides she has made in music since bursting on the scene with her single “Munch.” Still, a number of Twitter users weren’t as pleased with the title and had a few things to say about it.
“i can give u 2 flo mili verses better than her entire discography unreleased and deleted,” one user tweeted.
The general consensus was that Spice’s new title hasn’t been well-earned.
“Meg was the princess some weeks ago, doja cat was the princess 3 days ago and now there’s a new one?? good God,” another user tweeted.
Colorisms and Flo Mili Comparisons
Many have attributed Ice Spice’s explosive career to colorism. Those sharing that claim often cite fellow 23-year-old rapper Flo Mili as an example of a talented female rapper who hasn’t garnered as much popularity. They say it’s due to the color of her skin.
But others have called for a shift in that discourse. They suggest actually supporting female rappers like Flo Mili instead of using them as references for the adverse effects of colorism in the music industry.
“I know Flo Milli and the other darker skinned, women rappers are tired of being used as Twitter talking points. Pls just support those girls organically. Run them streams up, show up to shows, buy some merchandise,” writer, Wanna Thompson tweeted.
Masters and Creative Control
In her interview with Billboard writer Heran Mamo, Ice Spice and her manager James Rosemond Jr. also revealed that in her deal with 10K Projects/Capitol Records, she owns her masters and publishing while also maintaining full creative control over her work.
“No one on the label side touches the music,” Rosemond said in the interview. “There is no traditional A&R with her. No one’s picking beats, no one’s saying, ‘Do this, do that.”