Spring is the perfect season for Brooklyn rapper, Nitty Scott, MC, to blossom into her career as a credible artist. Symbolically, spring is a temperate season that embodies ideas of renewal and rejuvenation. In this case, spring points to Nitty’s incredible metamorphosis as a young woman and MC. Before we get into her skills on the mic, which she has plenty of, let’s talk about her tumultuous past and how it brought her to a promising future.
Growing up in Michigan and Florida, Nitty’s home life was rough, as her parents went through a bitter divorce that at times left her helplessly in the middle. Sadly, divorce isn’t an uncommon thing in America, and it has specifically become emblematic of the black and brown experience. Broken homes cause a lot of self-esteem and emotional issues but before you brush this off as a typical story; there’s more.
Nitty is the epitome of a teenage crush. She has a playfully sexy, girl next-door look that is the admiration of any young man’s eye. The kind of look that brings you to certain conclusions when making assumptions about someone you don’t know. Like, maybe, she’s from a Cosby Show type of home, and spends her summers at Sag Harbor or mingling with friends at Jack and Jill? Maybe, she’s a debutante and her mother and father are lawyers? But as Nitty started to become more open about her life, those assumptions are crushed by her harsh reality. Starting at 5 years old Nitty became the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of some trusted authority figures. Keeping it a secret, she quietly harbored feelings of rage, while she masked her shame the best she could. Nitty found her outlet in the music of rap icons, Tupac and Eminem, two songwriters who vividly express their pain through their pens; thus, it makes sense that Nitty would gravitate towards them.
Her discovery of music is where her metamorphosis began, but not without more challenges. Spiraling downward on an emotional rollercoaster ranging from trust issues to suicidal thoughts, Nitty was diagnosed with clinical depression. Despite the stigmata, especially in the black community, of seeking professional help, Nitty found solace in talking out her issues with a therapist. She claims that this helped her a great deal in coping with her past. Shortly after, at 17, she left her unstable home life and moved from Florida to New York to pursue a career in music. Her first few years in the Big Apple were unforgiving. Sleeping at different friends’ homes and being met with New Yorkers cold disposition was probably a culture shock after being used to the southern hospitality of the Bible Belt.
In the midst of her struggles in New York she remarkably endured these hardships with an elastic tenacity that wouldn’t allow her emotional stability to snap under the pressure. This uncommon strength led her to create her independent label, Boombox Family Entertainment, founded by Nitty and her manager, Giuliano Jules. From this sprung a string of great Hip Hop. Nitty recorded her first mixtapes in 2011, The Cassette Chronicles, followed by Doobies x Popsicle Sticks. She recorded her first in EP in 2012, the critically acclaimed, The Boombox Diaries, Vol. 1. She also recorded songs with Styles P, Rah Digga, Statik Selektah, and Kendrick Lamar.
Success is inevitable for Nitty. The anticipation for her new album, The Art of Chill, runs high. The first single, Apex, featuring Ab-Soul, is BANANAS! Accompanied by a melancholy trumpet in the background, Apex, gives you an old-school backpack vibe, back when MCs rapped for the sake of simply displaying their skill set. In a recent interview with Hip Hop DX, Nitty says, “Creating it (The Art of Chill) was definitely therapeutic in itself.” She continues, “I literally took the things that affected me negatively and turned that energy into something beautiful.”
Listen here ——> Nitty Scott, MC featuring Ab-Soul – Apex
Nitty is a verbal assassin that attacks the mic with a gentle firmness that will kill you softly. She’s not overly aggressive or an exaggerated butch. Her femininity is effortless and a marvel to watch. Her sound is definitely reminiscent of the Boom Bap days, where MCs used multi-syllabic rhyme patterns throughout records. Nowadays rapping like this is a gift and a curse. It’s great for critical acclaim but not record sales, and in a business driven by numbers; it’s interesting to see in what ways she’ll make an impact.
Seasons come and seasons go. Flowers bloom and die. This is Nitty’s season to bloom and whether or not she makes an indelible imprint in Hip Hop or not, she has undeniably beat the odds of her tumultuous past by planting seeds of success.
© Copyright Eddie Savoy Bailey III, 2014
Written by: Eddie Bailey of The Savoy Media Group
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