Big Mali is a name that has been bubbling beneath the surface for the past couple of years. Her high energy delivery paired with bass-heavy production give her a sound that leaves a lasting impression. Big Mali’s talent has been years in the making. She started rapping at the tender age of seven and began to take music more seriously in her teen years.
The Raleigh, North Carolina native was in high-school when she gained attention from her singles “Migo” and “Hurry” on Soundcloud. Shortly after her growing buzz, she was contacted by South Coast Music Group. She eventually inked a deal with the label at 17. Since her signing, the now 20-year-old has released two albums and collaborated with big names such as Da Baby, Rich The Kid, and Asian Doll.
In an era where rappers are releasing projects at record pace, Big Mali prides herself on taking her time. She pays attention to detail, which is why her latest project has been months in the making. I got the chance to talk to South Coast Music Group’s leading lady in anticipation of her third studio album.
Check out our conversation below!
Who did you show your music to initially when you were younger?
My uncle and my brother. Mainly because my uncle was a DJ and he was working a lot in the clubs at the time. He was around a bunch of celebrities and things like that. My older brother because he knew how to work studio equipment so he could record me and help me.Those are the main two people that when I first started really young, are the people that I took my music to.
When did you feel confident sharing your music on platforms?
I had started going to school and people was finding out that I rap. They kept saying you got to do it for real, like you got to shoot a video. When I shot my first video is when everything got serious. Cause now, videos are forever, so now it’s like everybody know I rap, who I am. It’s like now if I don’t put out nothing else, they’re going to forget me.
Have you been compared to other rappers? If so, who and do you mind the comparison?
I’ve been compared to a couple of rappers. It’s been both male and female. I’m not going to say I don’t like the comparison because people are going to compare you till the day you die… I’ve been compared to other female artists like Flo Milli and Mulatto. Shout out to everybody, I’m not a hater, everybody doing they thing, but I just feel like I’m nothing like those rappers.
You sampled Jack Harlow’s “What’s Poppin” and City Girl’s “Pussy Talk” in your most recent project, “The Big Tape.” What was it about those particular songs that made you want to add your own spin?
I wanted to do songs that were hot right now and songs that people thought were hot. I felt like I can make them hotter by hopping on them.
Do you feel more in your element when you do freestyles?
When I do freestyles, I really feel like I’m saying what I really feel, what’s really in my heart. When you write stuff, you writing it down to study it. I’m not that type of artist. I don’t write at all. It gets me out my element because I feel like I’m saying everything that I really want to say and it’s not scripted.
You seem like you keep it real and rap about your life and experience. Not being able to go places with everything going on, how do you stay creative during album mode?
The only thing that really bothers me about the whole Covid thing is just before this, I was on my way. I was doing a lot of arena shows, 10,000 people -15,000 people. I wasn’t just performing in the club’s, I was actually getting out there. It’s like now I have to be creative through social media. I try to get my music to where I want it to be by promoting and posting and making videos…Corona messed a lot of things up for a lot of people not just me.
With your new album coming out, is there anything that you can say about your experience putting this project together?
This album is a lot different because I don’t have too many features on it. I mainly want people to see what I can do. I’ve been working on this album for almost six months believe it or not. You can definitely see more versatility, my vocabulary has opened up a lot. I just want the people to see what I can do. I just want people to know that I’m all in for the count and it’s my turn.
Stream Big Mali’s lastest project “All In” down below.