Who exactly is Whitney Peyton, you ask? According to the “unique emcee” hailing from the outskirts of Philadelphia, she’s a cross between a melting pot of sounds and a unicorn. Looks can be deceiving when it comes to Whitney as there is more than meets the eye. Whitney is a gifted lyricist with a humbling attitude and complex thought process.
We got the chance to speak with Whitney as she discusses her thoughts on other female emcees, working with renowned acts such Chris Webby and a lot more.
You describe yourself as a “unique emcee”, but what exactly makes you unique?
Whitney Peyton: I am a melting pot of sounds. I am a relatable girl next door type.. not an overly exaggerated wild image.
Do you think emcees like Nicki Minaj and Iggy have made it harder for other female emcees to be taken seriously with overly sexualized lyrics?
Whitney Peyton: Not at all. There are plenty of female MCs who rapped about sex before them. If anyone should be blamed for what is popular or not it is the masses. The masses choose what’s “hot”.
You ever get those negative reactions/comments from people like, “Here’s another person trying to make a name for themselves off of “black culture”? How do you deal with it?
Whitney Peyton: My music clearly isn’t for them so I don’t worry about it to much. I don’t want people who think like that to listen to me anyway. If you are an African American singing country music… are you trying to make it off of “white” culture? Talent doesn’t know race. It’s surely important to appreciate the roots of where something started, but saying that someone “can’t” do something because of their color is ridiculous.
What are the things that influence you when it comes to your music?
Whitney Peyton: Life experiences, friendships, failed relationships, anxiety… anything can influence a song.
How do you go through your creative process?
Whitney Peyton: I need to be by myself. I get distracted so easily. I just like to be in my own little world.
You have performed/collaborated with the likes of Jadakiss, Cassidy and Chris Webby; what have those experiences taught you?
Whitney Peyton: I have been lucky to see some great performers! I’ve learned a lot. I’ve seen what to do and what not to do. You need to be a sponge in the industry and learn all you can.
You have been featured and/or interviewed by numerous radio stations, colleges and magazines, but even with all these achievements, what are some things you are hoping to still accomplish?
Whitney Peyton: I still get turned down for so many things! I just want to be happy in life. That’s the min goal.
What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?
Whitney Peyton: I have over 10 years of Equestrian Training. I used to be a stable hand when I was a kid.. I haven’t ridden for a long time though.
What are you working on for the future?
Whitney Peyton: I’m working on worrying less. We can’t change the past and we can’t over analyze the future!