Tamara Bubble is a lot of things: a singer, rapper, dancer, entertainer, actress, model, and the ultimate blend of pop, R&B, jazz, soul, and hip-hop.
What sets Charlotte-based creative apart from everyone producing is that she actually is….busy. Named “Female Rapper of the Year” by the Underground Music Awards, Tamara’s productivity is astounding.
“Your Favorite Rapper is a Girl” streaming on all platforms #BubbleOnDeck. Listen and read our interview with the prolific femme below.
How has Missy Elliot’s work inspired yours?
Missy does it all effortlessly, rapper, singer, producer! Her music videos were colorful and out of the box. Her style and fashion was the cookie-cutter stereotypical “female rapper” get up. She’s just dope. She’s a constant reminder that when you’re original you don’t have to fit in, the people will make room for you and your creativity.
Tech N9ne, Chance the Rapper, and Russ (before he signed) were a big inspiration for me. Their indie business models were incredible. I do too many genres for a label to ever understand me. I need my creative control, so it just made sense.
What is the most motivating routine you could have? What have you tried in the past?
Catalog building routine is pretty magical. I’m writing, recording, promoting, and performing constantly! Making all this music and wanting the world to hear it all keeps me motivated to push and promote it.
Where do you draw inspiration for your songs?
Everyday life, watching TV, talking, driving, showering, bathing, eating, fighting. Anything can spark a concept, hook, or entire song and songs pop in my head ALL DAY LONG.
How does feminism play a part in your life?
I think being a confident woman in this climate is being feminist. Women spend their entire lives being defined by glass ceilings, gender roles, beauty standards, pay scales, etc. when we are all freaking amazing!! My music reflects that. I want girls and grown ladies to be able to sing and rap these powerful and confident lyrics until they start to live and breathe and exude them. Being outspoken or just speaking up for what you deserve in relationships, friendship, at work, during play is a display of both your femininity and feminism.
What advice do you have for aspiring creatives?
Experiment to find your sound and style, and fall in love with failure. Make mistakes, but don’t quit. Enjoy the process and learn the business so that you can sustain and continue to create what you’re passionate about.