TrinaWhile hip-hop seems to champion fertile, philandering male MCs, who are equipped with hard d***s and stashes of bubblegum, female MCs, are encouraged to be the “bestest” silicone-inflated, semen-slurping porn stars, “baddest” Barbie doll bitches — all while balancing the veneer of being a debilitating lyrist and business-woman.

Trina, the dominant face of Southern female rappers, is intimately aware of this double-standard. Having burst onto the scene as an eye-catching feature on Trick Daddy’s “Naan,” her lyrics were as candid as her beauty. Throughout the last decade, subtle changes in her lyrical content, self-presentation, and overall happiness have transformed the once nasal blow-up doll into the respected “Queen of the South.” This emerging mini-mogul talks to about her latest album Amazin’, and about females in hip-hop. What’s up with you, how are you doing?

Trina: I am so blessed and happy as I hope that you are. The rap scene has been feeling your presence for over a decade. To date, you’ve released four albums, and four mixtapes. With your release of, Amazin’, how will your evolution as a rapper be displayed?

Trina: Yes, I’ve been truly blessed, I’m so thankful. I am just thankful that I am able to make music that people can enjoy, and hopefully my music has been able to touch their lives in some way. As you’ve lyrically matured and seized more creative control, have your lyrics advanced to the point to where you feel confident enough to only use your crafted rhymes?

Trina: I just write according to what is surrounding my life at that time or in the past. It’s a musical form of expression that is in conjunction of reality and real life situations! I think music is a form of expression as a artist creativity comes from everyday life. Over the years you’ve remained relevant to the mic. Your popular track, “Million Dollar Girl,” featuring Keri Hilson and Diddy, has helped to reinforce your presence in the spotlight. How do you handle the ramifications of that lurking public eye? Are you always conscious of its presence? What kind of relationship have you formed with the paparazzi and your fans?

Trina: I don’t worry about the ramifications of the public eye. I just make music, and when I have down moments, I’m still working hard or performing all over the world consistently, so I stay connected with my fans at all times. Within hip-hop are female MCs facing a glass-ceiling. What are you personally doing to chip away at this barrier?

Trina: It’s always gonna be less recognition for female MCs because it is a male dominated industry. I work as hard as the male artist do, if not more, so I just stay focused on that and continue to keep grinding. I don’t let those barriers distract me at all. What has hip-hop come to mean to you. How has it impacted other aspects of your life?

Trina: Yes, it’s been a great aspect because I learn more and more about music and the hip-hop generation in general as I go along. You’ve gone from being called the “Baddest Chick”, to being hailed as the “Queen of the South,” according to Katrina Taylor, what factors have helped to contribute to this change in title?

Trina: In my opinion, it’s all about growth. I’m happy that I continue to change and grow everyday, it feels great! I stay true to who I am as a person, and I think it helps balance me in my professional or personal life! There’s almost 24 hours in a day. How are you learning to divide your time amongst your obligations as an entertainer, branding your clothing line, Pink Diamond Couture, and overseeing the rap duo, Pretty Money? At what point do you delegate time for your loved ones and yourself?

Trina: There is NEVER enough time to balance out all that I do, but I manage to make it work, I try to see my loved ones every chance I can get a break no matter what. I speak to my mom everyday, and I try to balance out my personal life the same, it’s really important!