We were first introduced to Sota Black not too long ago when she stopped by Sheen Magazine for an exclusive interview with Sheen Talk host, Kimberly Chapman. Since then, she hasn’t stopped the grind on her road to success! We caught up with the rapper to discuss where she finds the inspiration to write her songs and her journey to get to where she is today.

Tell us about yourself. What made you want to get into the music industry?

My name is Sota Black. I am a rapper and I also screw music on the internet as well. I’m ambitious, smart, I’m not just book smart but I’m street smart as well. The reason why I got into the music industry is because when I was a kid, I was in the choir. I would always see a girl sing lead and I always wanted to sing lead but I couldn’t because I can’t sing. I started rapping when I was a kid and when I was about 13-years-old; I started writing my own music. My family has always been into music and writing their own music, it let me know that I could. When I became an adult, I realized that in order for me to be successful in the music industry and have longevity, I heard to learn the business.

Where do you find the inspiration to each song you release?

My inspiration for the songs that I write are mostly about my life, things that I’ve learned and things I’ve had to unlearn growing up. My own life experiences inspire me. Whatever I go through, I write about it.

What challenges have you had to face in order to get to where you are today?

Some of the challenges that I have had to face was mostly the balance of my life and music. I had to live my life and take care of myself while doing music at the same time. Being that I’ve always been popular, doing music means that I’m always being watched. People are always watching to see what I’m doing with my life or where I’m going. I’ve always had to maintain myself and do music at the same time. I always persevere, I always overcome and continue to make music to see my fans.

What artists do you enjoy listening to? Who inspire you?

I always say one of my favorite artists is Beyoncé. She inspires me a lot because she sings about the good side of love and the bad. I always feel her. In a time when I was going through some things, she was the artist that inspired me to turn around and make great songs in hopes that my fans can turn around when they’re going through some things in life.

I listen to rap music so when I was growing up, I really liked Nelly. Today, I still love Young Jeezy. Right now, I love Lil Baby and Alessia Cara. I love her song “Wild Things,” “Scars to Your Beautiful,” and her song with Logic and Khalid, “1-800-273-8255.” I love those songs. I feel them! I hope that one day I can work with someone like her.

Can you share with us some goals you may have for the future? Where do you hope to see in the years to come?

The goals that I have for myself in the future is to get better at writing. I want to get plaques, trophies, awards, and to get more people to listen to my music. I just want to be able to get on a bigger platform and make more music that touches people.

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