Despite signing with Lil Wayne’s Young Money, landing major guest features and exposure on reality TV, its been an uphill battle for Chanel West Coast in hip-hop.
For her, proving herself is just the tip of the ice berg. She also deals with the fact that she’s a woman… and in a male-dominated industry, a lot of men just want to hook up with her.
In an interview with TooFab, Chanel discussed these struggles.
“It’s a very horrible feeling to feel like, ‘Oh, this person only wants to work with me because they’re trying to have sex with me,'” she said.
“It’s hard being a woman in this industry, period,” Chanel added. “A lot of the time, guys make you feel like you need to hook up with them — especially as an artist — producers and other artists trying to collaborate with them, they make you kinda feel sometimes you need to hook up with them or flirt with them just to make a song.”
Chanel ellaborated, making it clear she’s never experienced anything as “aggressive or crazy”, but still faces sexism and harassment regularly.
“I know what it’s like to have guys make you feel like you need to flirt with them or be sexy or hook up with them or something and you don’t have to do those things,” she said. “You just have to be strong and stand your ground.”
How does one deal with all this? She says you just can’t be naive. “I think a lot of times, things like that happen to girls because they’re very naive and they feel pushed into it in a way,” she says. “You don’t ever have to feel pushed into anything. You can push your way out of it.”
Chanel recently appeared on VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop Hollywood and dropped a new single with castmate Safaree called “New Bae”.