Ice Spice’s name is bound to come up in any conversation about a new rapper taking over the music industry.
But what if the legitimacy of your success is called into question because of your skin colour? Ice Spice became a hot topic on the internet after going viral with her viral hit “Munch (Feelin’ U),” and many wondered if her success was due to her talent or because she’s pretty and light-skinned.
Ice Spice, real name Isis Naija Gaston, responded to the criticism in a recent interview with Teen Vogue, explaining why she doesn’t take it personally.
“I have seen those opinions,” Ice Spice admitted to Teen Vogue. “I feel like that’s not something personal to me.”
“It feels like that’s been the topic of conversation for generations and forever, since the beginning of time.”
The Bronx native admitted that she doesn’t “feed into negativity” because when people try to use it against her, it’s not coming from a constructive or positive place. And, in the end, they bring people down.
She does not believe anyone could have fully prepared her for fame. Ice Spice revealed that she is simply learning as she goes. And, despite all of the talk about her career, she’s proud that she was able to stay grounded and true to herself.
“A lot of people are comparing me to people who are much older than me or who have been in this sh*t for much longer than me,” she added. “I’m starting to feel like I know who I am.”
“I’m that bitch, and I tell myself that all the time because I’ve learned that I have to know who I am because everyone else is going to try to tell me who I am.” So I learned first.”
It’s lovely to see her tune out the negativity and focus on herself!