Saweetie x Maxim July Aug 2020 by Brandon Almengo



The stunning rapper opens up about her rise to superstardom, her new project "Pretty B*tch Music" and succeeding in life.

With Instagram followers numbering 5.6 million and counting, plus another 1.2 million followers on YouTube, there’s no denying Saweetie has an audience. But even with last year’s single, “My Type” setting records on Billboard’s Top 100, the rising rapper is after something more. “As a new artist coming from being an influencer, a lot of people didn’t respect me,” she tells us.

Rhyming, rapping and as racy as she likes, Saweetie’s smart enough to know that you can’t expect respect from others unless you respect yourself. It’s all in her new release, Pretty B*tch Music.

“I want to change the meaning of pretty ’cause there’s this model on social media of how a woman looks,” she explains. “I grew up in a house of all shapes and sizes of women. Pretty means different things to different cultures, different groups, different backgrounds and different ages.”

That covers “pretty,” but what about “b*tch”? “Bitch means Boss, Independent, Tough, Creative and Hyphy,” she spells it out in an acronym. “This is going to be a great moment for women. My music is empowering, inspiring, but it’s also fun.”

The new project features tracks by producers like Dr. Luke, J White, and The Morgue as well as Danjahandz & Rob Knox. Timbaland produced a song called “Back to the Streets,” which she posted part of on Instagram.

Special thanks to the creative team who produced this cover shoot exclusively for Maxim, including: Photographer, Brandon Almengo @brandonalmengo; Styling, Bryon Javar @bryonjavar; Hair, Jared Henderson @JStayReady_; Makeup, David Velasquez @mugopus; Manicurist, Temeka Jackson @customtnaiils1; Videographer, Phillip Silver @pgsilver.