Mz. Champagne is a female rapper that does more than just rap. The DMV area native is making a name for her self as a rapper, singer, and songwriter. Mz. Champagne released a string of singles over the last two years that flaunted both her sex appeal and song writing abilities.
Those songs culminated in a mixtape titled Land of the #BadBitch. The free mixtape features thirteen original songs by Mz. Champagne that serve as an appetizer for the meal that’s currently being cooked up.
Mz. Champagne spoke to snaptwig.com about her musical inspirations, the origins of her unique style, and her new mixtape, Land of the #BadBitch.
SS: For those that don’t know who is Mz. Champagne?
Mz. Champagne: Mz. Champagne is a rapper, singer songwriter, leader of the Land Of The Bad Bitch and ruler of the Middle Finger Brigade [laughs]. She’s lyrical, creative, feisty and bold, She doesn’t care what people think and she doesn’t follow the norm because the sh*t bores her.
SS: Explain the title of your new release, Land of the #BadBitch.
Mz. Champagne: Land Of The #BadBitch is a mixtape of all my favorite tracks. It was a perfect title because in the Land Of The Bad Bitch nothing really ever makes sense. Everything is always so random and free-spirited there and that’s exactly what my mixtape is. It’s not cohesive. There’s Hip-Hop, Rap, Electronic, Pop, and R&B all on one project. I talk about every damn thing on my mixtape.
SS: How’d the song ‘Rockz Hard’ come about?
Mz. Champagne: Well ‘Rockz Hard’ is my only collab track I have. I’ve never really been big on collabs for two reasons, One, If I’m collabing with an artist me being a business minded dame the sh*t must benefit my career. I’m not going to just be writing a bunch of 16’s for motherf*cker’s who aren’t doing anything with the track except letting their damn mommy and daddy bump it in their minivan, that right there is a waste of my time and I take offense to that sh*t. Two, I gotta love the track and what the other artist is doing with it. If it sounds like everyone else’s track I’m not even going to breathe on it.
‘Rockz Hard’ was special. I received the track from my old producer, I listened to it, began to write to it, and after I came up with the hook and the first verse I stopped and was like. ‘Yo, this track isn’t meant for just me.’ Like that epiphany wasn’t influenced by nothing or no one it just was meant for more than one person. So I asked another producer that I was working with at the time if he knew two rappers who would totally kill on the track and he said yes, so I put the hook and my 16 down and we sent it to two artist’s by the name of Warchyld and Mike Dangerous. They sent it back with their verses down in about a week. They loved the track. They couldn’t believe a dame was spittin’ how I was spittin’ though [laughs]. They was like, ‘Damn, we gotta go in on this record,’ but it came out great and the video was fun to shoot. We repped for the DMV, Philly and Miami–it was awesome.
SS: How’d you start rapping?
Mz. Champagne: Well I actually began singing. I would sing for a few hundred dollars here and there on rappers tracks. I was always good at writing my own R&B joints. It just came naturally and then one day my old manager at the time let me hear this beat. I was like, ‘Damn that beats tough,’ but I automatically knew it wasn’t meant to be sung on so I was like f*ck it, I’m going to rap on it and that’s what I did [laughs]. I wrote a sixteen and recorded it and I fell in love with how my voice sounding rapping. I was like, ‘Oh sh*t, I sound good rapping,’ then I began playing with vocabulary and melodies. I just couldn’t stop. I created a monster [laughs].
SS: Who were some of your inspirations?
Mz. Champagne: Wow! Well I love old school anything. I love Marvin Gaye, Etta James, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Chaka Khan, The Temptations, pretty much anything on an oldie but goodies disc. I grew up listening to all those artists. See, most of my older relatives are from DC so that’s all I heard growing up and still do. I fell in love with melodies because of those artists at a very young age, now my favorite female rappers are Lady of Rage, Missy Elliot, Lauryn Hill, and Lil’ Kim. I cannot and will not forget Erykah Badu. That woman is the most eccentric and talented person I’ve ever laid eyes on. You can tell she genuinely loves what she does.
SS: How would you classify your sound?
Mz. Champagne: I ask myself that everyday [laughs]. Everyone’s always trying to put me in some suffocating ass box. I’m like, F that box. I want to express myself as it comes naturally, genuinely, so if one day I want to kill a beat with some hardcore lyrical rage I’m going to do just that. But if tomorrow I want to get silly and get on a Pop track and just talk about p*ssy and beer then damn it you better f*cking let me. And you better like it, because I’m not changing for no damn marketing strategy. Just respect me as an artist and respect the fact that I’m doing what I love, how I want to do it. Respect that I’m actually being creative and respect the fact that I want you to utilize your mind when I open my mouth. That’s all I ask for. I’m not asking for a damn nation over here.
SS: How important is it for you to sell sex with your music?
Mz. Champagne: Hmmm, I don’t know. I’m naturally sexual. I talk about all sorts of sh*t and I’m definitely not shy about it. I feel as though I rap and sing about things that a lot of chicks think about and just don’t say. You see, if I wasn’t comfortable with my sexuality I wouldn’t dare talk sh*t about it. I’m just too stubborn to just talk about something I do not feel comfortable with. But I just love feeling sexy, even when no one’s around. On top of that I’m very aggressive .In my relationships I kind of feel bad for the dudes ‘cause I’m like ‘Yeah n*gga so give it up, you gon’ learn today [laughs]. So I guess I feel as though it’s important to only me because that’s just how I am. I just do what works for my comfort level.
SS: What’s your ultimate goal in the music industry?
Mz. Champagne: I honestly just want to be able to always excel in this game. I’ve been through a hell of a lot and every day I deal with scumbag pervs always looking to try to take advantage of a dedicated artist. In this industry the only way you will succeed is if you make errors and fix those damn errors yourself. You can’t be breastfed in this game because once momma snatches that damn nipple from your mouth you’re left standing there looking like a damn douchebag and you haven’t learned sh*t–it’s hard. I guess my ultimate goal is for all of my hard work to pay off. It’s hard being an independent artist because you have to pull teeth to get motherf*cker’s to break a damn record. No one does that anymore. N*ggas is scared to step outside of what everyone else is doing and be responsible for bringing some real sh*t back to life. It’s a damn shame.
SS: What’s next up for Mz. Champagne?
Mz. Champagne: Well, Mz. Champagne has a video to shoot to her single ‘Ghetto’ that’s also on the Land Of The #BadBitch mixtape. She plans to promote the f*ck out of it and appreciate the people who are supporting her. I’m always adding new producers on to the team so I’m in the midst of that and I’m actually in search of a new manager that can do his or hers due diligence when it comes to Mz. Champagne. I have an entire campaign set up and I just can’t wait until it’s executed.
Download: Mz. Champagne – Land of the #BadBitch