We had the good fortune of connecting with Trapdollazmanny and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Trapdollazmanny, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I grew up in PG county, Maryland. Growing up in the richest African American community in the united states really pushed me and showed me that i could do anything. I love being from Maryland and our culture is just different. Growing up my grandad was a singer, he was apart of this band called “The Rough Band” and hearing him sing growing up always made me want to pursue the same career. My last 2 years of high school a artist named Rico Nasty who lived in my area started surfacing and ever since then i was really pushed to follow my dreams because i saw that if she could achieve it so could I. She definitely has influenced the DMV culture and my music.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart from other music creators is that i’m hungry… meaning I eat, sleep and breathe music. I’ve had so many sleepless nights just trying to make songs in my head come into fruition. I’m different because I produce, write, sometimes engineer, rap, sing, record and arrange everything in my bedroom. I also do all my own graphics, come up with my own photoshoot concepts and video concepts. I stand out because I wear many hats, I do everything myself. Sometimes it can get very stressful but I know in the end it’s all worth it. I love working with myself because I don’t depend on anybody else to get any of my jobs done for me. I haven’t had a normal 9-5 job in almost 3 years because I have been hustling to have a career in music. I have had to hustle and grind to be able to pay my bills and still live my dreams. When something feels so close and it’s near and dear to your heart you reach out and you obtain it especially when you know its yours and i know a career in music is for me. I truly believe i am one of the most talented people i know not to toot my own horn lol. I want the world to know that “Trapdollazmanny” stems from Hustling. Trapping is the new hustle, and it’s never been a day where I have not hustled and did what i had to do to survive and get stuff done.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well first we would have to go to the carryout because if you’ve never been to the DMV you gotta know we have the BEST Chinese food ever (don’t @ me either lol). You have not lived until you’ve had Mumbo sauce with a 5 piece wing and fry combo I’m telling you! Then we could go shopping in Virginia in Tyson corner where it’s luxury meets affordable.. you got your gucci store, Louis vuitton store & then you also have like forever 21 & Hot Topic in the mall to. We also have the best crabs ever (even though i don’t eat them anymore) we could go down to the Wharf in DC, catch some sun while we crack some crabs open on the water. Best thing about living in the DMV is that you literally have 3 areas full of adventures all on top of each other and I think that’s what makes us special.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate a shout out to Rico Nasty, My friends, and my family. If it wasn’t for Rico Nasty I would never be where I am today, She inspired me and showed me that you can be yourself and be genuine and have people love you for you. She showed me that it was okay to make music that’s outside the box because that’s what makes your sound unique.
I wanna give a shout out to my friends Angel S, Angel R, Rell & Amari for always giving their opinions on my music and listening to me complain about a song and how I don’t think it’s perfect and how a hi hat or 808 could hit harder lol. I make them listen to my unreleased stuff so much I know they get tired of me sometimes, I love them.
last but not least my parents. we’ve had a rough year with the passing of my brother in 2020 and music has given me something to smile for & music has brought new people & things into my life. My parents have supported my music from the beginning even when i was scared to show them my first explicit song they were all here for it and the way I express my feelings through my art. I love them a lot.