February 23, 2020
Sarifa Malaika Sokutu is causing a stir in all the right ways with her brand new single You Know It. The beautiful, amazingly talented nineteen-year-old is bringing hip-hop to life with her exciting voice and inspiring attitude. Here at The Aesthete we’ve got you covered with interviews from only the very best musicians. That’s why I’ve taken some time with SA_Rifa for this interview.
“The music industry is typically a male dominated society,” I started. Even though she’s still in the early stages of her career, SA_Rifa reminds me of every empowered woman in the entertainment industry, “We see this example illustrated perfectly, particularly in the hip-hop and rap genre. I have to applaud you, SA_Rifa. You are becoming an influential woman through your work. On the topic of equality, what is something that you’d like to share with our readers?”
“I think in terms of equality, women are still fighting the struggle.” SA_Rifa answered, “We are made to seem more inferior than men, and when it comes to the hip-hop scene, it’s the same thing. Even the way women are addressed when being spoken of, it’s always SA_Rifa – the female rapper and never just SA_Rifa -the rapper. Females are never put against male MCs no matter how good they are, because there is the stereotype that men will always be better than women no matter what. I want my music to be heard and to be listened to because it conveys a message and because it slaps not because of who I am or how I dress. When I make music, I make it for everyone and I never want to be judged based on my gender. My music has no gender, it’s either you like it or you don’t. That has nothing to do with whether or not I am a female.”
“The lyrics to You Know It are very impactful. As vulnerable as it is, there’s still a victory element to it. I love the strength you display in your song writing by transforming the low points of life into something that one can rise above. What is something you would like to change in the world through your music?” I asked.
“Thank you so much,” SA_Rifa expressed gratefully. “I’m a person who doesn’t like feeling sad for a long time, so with the music I make I always try to convey a message without being too emotional. Hence my beat choices at times. It’s like we have problems, but we can still dance to it, right? My music is always about finding happiness in everything. I would like to change the world through my music by transforming the way people see their problems. No matter what one is going through in their lives, there is always going to be a light at the end of the tunnel. I always want people to know that it’s going to be okay and that you’re not alone.” SA_Rifa answered. I think it’s beautiful that SA_Rifa likes to look on the bright side.
“Now, SA_Rifa, the music industry is very lucky to have you, but I want to know something,” I said. “If you didn’t decide to pursue your musical career, what would you be doing?”
“Well, since I’m almost nineteen, I’d probably be doing my first year in university studying Business Management,” SA_Rifa shared. “Straight after that I’d study cosmetology because I want to have my own business, such as a bakery. I have a very sweet tooth. I also want to open my own beauty salon.”
“Which musician would you like to collaborate with next and why?” I asked the closing question.
“Oh my goodness!” SA_Rifa exclaimed. “There are so many, but I’ve always wanted to collaborate with Drake. He’s been at the peak of his career for the longest time, and I respect him for that. Right now I would love to make a song with Roddy Rich, because he’s like, my favorite artist at the moment!”
SA_Rifa is clearly an ambitious individual. Interviewing her was a genuine pleasure.
All of Sa_ Rifa’s social media’s can be found here!
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