Friday, 15 July 2011

SOMETHING ABOUT SPICE: The dancehall vixen riffs on Nicki Minaj, baby names and Grammys

SPOT ON: Spice goes with her feline instincts.

Her highwire live act, in-your-face lyrics and out-of-this-world approach to style has landed Spice in that pantheon reserved for the world’s love-me-or-hate-me entertainers. Still, the last thing you want do to is try and fit her into a box. Defying categorization, however, is just one of the many traits the 20-something dancehall vixen brings to the party. Ahead of her return to Reggae Sumfest later this month – and on the heels of a hot new track with Missy Elliott – Spice reveals her formula for staying relevant while mixing work and play.

TALLAWAH: You already have a great collabo with Missy in the bag. Which other international act are you dying to hit the studio with?
Spice: I’m really hoping to one day work with Nicki Minaj. I think we are a lot alike. She’s full of energy, and has a lot of young fans. Our styles are similar, and we have the same type of fanbase. And I think it would we do something great together.

TALLAWAH: Missy recently revealed her life-threatening battle with Graves Disease. How is she doing now?
Spice: She’s great, she’s partying. She didn’t seem sick at all when I saw her. She seems to be doing extremely well. The other day she tweeted me that she’s looking forward to coming to Jamaica.

TALLAWAH: There are those female artistes for whom juggling work and home life often takes it toll. What’s it been like balancing fame, motherhood and career advancement?
Spice: I juggle it quite a lot, but my mother is there to support me so it’s not really a struggle. I think I’m blessed. For me, the best thing about being a mother is seeing the look on my son’s face when I’m about to leave and he doesn’t want me to go. It’s a joy, you feel loved.

TALLAWAH: You named your daughter Nicholatoy, which has got to be one of the most eccentric names I’ve ever heard.
Spice: (Laughs). It is but at the same time, it’s unique and special. And I’m sure that she’s the only person in the world with that name.

TALLAWAH: One of the standout moments of your career is your R-rated duet “Rampin Shop” with Vybz Kartel. What are your thoughts on him today?
Spice: Well, to each his own. He must know why he’s doing all that to himself.

TALLAWAH: When will fans finally get a worldwide studio album from Spice?
Spice: I’m definitely working on it. After being in the business for over 11 years, I’m trying to make it perfect, but it’s not complete as yet. I want it to be authentic dancehall that will appeal to fans both locally and internationally.

TALLAWAH: Speaking of the future, what’s your long-term ambition for your career in music?
Spice: Basically, I’m trying to fulfil all my goals and dreams. So I want to go out there and win at the Grammys and sell a lot of records. I want everything.

>> More on Spice (@SpiceOfficial):
What’s on her #ReggaeSumfest playlist?

“Wife for Wife” – Lady Saw
“Fun” – Spice feat. Missy Elliott
“Pepper” – Mavado

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