“Here I am thinking to myself “you know, I did you a favor doing the record but now this is going too far, this is about to be on a whole other level.” He went on to tell me that after the video he wanted me to go with him and do the album release party, and I was just like “NO!” Everything just went so above my head I mean, I love hip-hop, I love the music, I am a fan, but I did not want to be a rapper.”
Tell us a little bit about the life of Trina, growing up in Miami and how those experiences led you to be the woman that you are today.
It was kind of normal because I come from a very well-grounded family. My mom has 4 sisters so I was surrounded by women. I feel like I grew up great. My mom, she had a couple of beauty salons so I would always be hanging out at them. I had a lot of friends and I just got to be around a lot of the fun stuff. I think that those things are what has made me be a strong, independent, self-motivated woman who can do whatever she feels like doing. I grew up around that kind of environment, where the women held the home down, with no father around, so that is why I am like I am today. It was amazing for me, I had a pretty great childhood, honestly.
We focus a lot on the aspect of inspiration in our interviews. We feel as though artists today, when given the chance can have an amazing impact on others through the sharing of their story. Who were the people in your life, Trina that played an inspirational role?
I would definitely say my mom, because she is the go to for everything. No matter what it was, whether it was school, whether it was girlfriends, just no matter what it was that I could think of, I felt like she had an answer to it. She was always the voice of reason that would say “that is going to be the biggest mistake of your life,” or “just go for it.” I would watch what my mother did in her life, and it was a huge inspiration for me to want to be like her. I wanted to dress like her, I did steal her clothes… (HA HA) I would see in her how she carried herself and just how she was as a person.