In 2000, a 21-year-old rapper from Miami made a bold proclamation: she was the baddest bitch. Period. On her debut album, “Da Baddest Bitch,” Trina made it clear that she wasn’t going to put up with shit from anybody, especially not from a man. Her songs are filled with empowering swagger, boasts about her sexual prowess, and reminders that most men are only good for getting you money and getting you off.
16 years later, and not much has changed. Trina is still the baddest bitch around, and there isn’t a fuckboy alive she can’t take down.
Calling yourself a bad bitch is so popular now, but you were calling yourself “da baddest bitch” over a decade ago – do you see yourself as a trailblazer or someone who was just following in the overt girl power of the time?
I think I was just ahead of my time. When I came out with that, the whole baddest bitch thing, that whole attitude was just about being fierce, being determined, and going after what I wanted. I didn’t really care about anything else. I was fearless. I didn’t take no crap from no guys. So it was just that effortless feeling.
Now, I mean, it’s funny to me when I hear everybody saying it it’s like, wow, that is way over a decade ago, and now everybody wants to be a bad bitch.
Trina’s Been The Baddest B*tch Since Before You Knew the Term
How do you think the music industry has changed for women who own their sexuality since you first came up?
I think it has drastically changed. I would say that in hip hop, R&B, pop, the whole music genre, when it comes to females, they are a lot more expressive, a lot more sensual, a lot more open now. You know, you see all the women that are out. Everybody’s daring. They’re not afraid to be sensual, to be themselves, and be real sexy.
I think it’s a great thing that women are empowering themselves and becoming more dominant when it comes to how they carry themselves.