Lil Debbie On Leaving the White Girl Mob
For this week's music feature, we spent some time with 23-year-old rapper Lil Debbie. The Oakland native got her start with the Bay Area trio White Girl Mob before being kicked out in 2011 during a span of public infighting.
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See also: Our feature profile of Lil Debbie
Since then, she's had YouTube hits with fellow hip-hop personality Riff Raff, and remains a colorful character. Her debut EP, Queen D, is out next week, and below are some of her excellent quotes that didn't make the story.
On collaborating with Riff Raff:
I met Riff Raff on the Internet, obviously -- through Twitter. [Kreayshawn's hit] "Gucci Gucci" had dropped, and just the whole hype behind White Girl Mob and me and Kreayshawn and V-Nasty was happening. He reached out to me and sent me some of his music, like "Jose Canseco" and some other songs. He had told me he was going to move to L.A. and start rapping more and really push his career, and I was like, "OK, yeah, see you when you get here." [dismissive hand wave] And he really moved to L.A., and he lived with V-Nasty for a little bit. He did what he said he was going to do.
I had moved back to Oakland [from L.A.], and Riff Raff hit me up four months later to come down and record. He had some ideas. At first I didn't really want to, and then I was like, 'Why not? If people don't really like it, Who cares?' People don't like me already from what happened with Kreayshawn.
...He's like, top diva. He takes a long time to get ready. He's a character, and everything's about having fun. His inspiration comes in spurts. He's always doing something or acting out a scene. He just does what he wants to do. He's very forceful. We both bring ideas to the table, but it's hard, and usually it's a girl and three guys.
On Riff Raff's fashion choices:
He needs a stylist. Sometimes I'm like, "What is he doing?" I would like to see him on the front of GQ, very slick but still Riff Raff.
I'm just a sucker. I'm a loyal person. When I moved to L.A., it was really me, V-Nasty, Kreayshawn, Dirt Nasty and Riff Raff. Even today, Dirt Nasty's in my music video for 'Bake a Cake.'
On what made her prioritize rapping over DJing after White Girl Mob broke up:
I really don't know how. It just developed into me doing music. I like the whole creative process of it. I'm always thinking about songs, and I like picking beats and doing music videos, even though it can be frustrating. [I have] three songs in mind right now... Now it's very typical and hip to DJ. It's fun, go for it, but I'd rather be at the club having fun, listening. If I wanted to DJ, I could have been a DJ.
On online haters:
I've already seen and experienced all the hate. The only thing I'm scared of is people invading my personal space. People I don't know on Twitter will be using my full government name, and that's the kind of thing I don't know if I'm ready for.
On how getting kicked out of White Girl Mob changed her career:
There's more input. I'm like a whole different person. White Girl Mob was just a whole bunch of rules, regulations. I'm actually really thankful that I'm not in White Girl Mob anymore. It's sad, I feel like White Girl Mob could have gotten bigger than what it ended up being, and I think [Kreayshawn's] manager was kind of the person at fault with that. I really learned the game of the business through the situation with White Girl Mob. We were thrown into it.