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Chicago’s Lady Nina Tech has a style that’s very subtle. Her music is calm, even mesmerizing vocally & sonically, her flow is steady & precise—although a stark contrast to her lyrical content, it works well as her unvarying verse compliments the more raw, unapologetic intent. Poised, to fit her own expectations, Nina is most avid about meeting the paramount in her capabilities, whether it be school, music, or style—she cares to be the best version of herself in all aspects.

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Nina Tech

Where did you grow up & how did it influence your creativity? I grew up on the south side of Chicago in Englewood. Of course the things I talk about in my songs are from things I’ve seen around me growing up. Some of my family members had their hands in the streets so although my mom tried to keep me from getting involved, I always at least knew what was going on.

How do you describe your sound? I think my sound is like monotone trap. It’s music that I like personally. It’s easy to sing along to, something you can listen to in the car and start speeding. Hopefully it ups people’s spirits and puts them in a good mood.

What are you most passionate about? I’m most passionate about being the best version of myself I can be. Whether it comes to music, school, style, whatever I just wanna do it to the best of my abilities.

When did you start creating music? I started creating music almost a year ago with my best friends Killavesi and Maiya when we were still in highschool. We would just link at someone’s house everyday and write songs. We were a collective called sbc.

How do you prepare to lay a track? How do you decide which beat to use? When deciding what beat I’m going to use, I just listen to them and see which one I immediately start rapping to. It’s really easy for me to tell whether a beat is for me or not. Once it’s time to record, I usually smoke and drink water and just get in the booth.

How long does it usually take you to come up with a concept for a track & record? I write songs pretty quickly, prolly an hour at most. Then I try to figure out a good name for the track. Once I got all that I hit up one of two of my favorite artists, my brother Nick or my girl Blunt Blesser. They’re both super talented and always make me great cover art w/o me having to give them specific directions. I just send them the song and give them an overall idea of what I’m looking for and they always send me hot shit.

Who’s your favorite artist to collaborate with, why? Um, I have a few artists I love to collab with. Of course Killavesi cause we been doing this music shit together since the beginning. Also Rooski, I love him as a person and a rapper. And I recently got in the studio again w/ BigBodyFiji and he’s amazing to work with. He pushes me as an artist.

When did you realize that music was going to be your thing?
Honestly, I just recently realized music was my thing. I always thought I was pretty good but now I’m coming into my own as an artist. But the moment I really realized that music was for me was at my first show for Red Bull. The atmosphere was amazing, the crowd reacted so well, I had so much fun on stage. I remember getting off stage and thinking that I could do that for the rest of my life.
“The most sound advice I’ve gotten is to just be patient ’til it’s my turn. Sometimes it may seem like shit is happening for everyone but you but you just gotta wait for it.”
What other creative endeavors have you pursued? Well, right now I’m trying to learn how to produce so I can start having complete creative control over my music. I’m also a painter and a woodworker. I learned those skills when I was younger and before music I was always building stuff then painting on it. I damn near should start back.

Who has influenced you the most? From family to other music artists.
Well when it comes to famous people, I was influenced by Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj, Left Eye, Tyler The Creator and of course my favorite rapper of all time Chief Keef.  I love how they are all super creative and smart enough to capitalize off their creativity. Family wise I really look up to my sister, she’s amazing and talented and a true success story.

What’s the most sound advice anyone has given you regard your dreams/goals?
The most sound advice I’ve gotten is to just be patient ’til it’s my turn. Sometimes it may seem like shit is happening for everyone but you but you just gotta wait for it.

What type of music do you listen to? I listen to hella music. I love old school r&b, I just like r&b in general. Older artists like Mint Condition, Faith Evans, Micheal Jackson, Aaliyah, newer ones like Rihanna, Beyoncé, Tamar Braxton, Miguel, The Internet, PND. I like Blood Orange and Alina Baraz. On the rap tip I fuck with Keef, Father, Yachty, Tyler the Creator, Young Thug.

Where does most of your support come from? i.e. family, friends, fans? I am really lucky to get support from a lot of different people in my life. My family recently found out I rap and they’re really supportive. My friends mostly rap too so we give mutual support. And my fans I love them so much they always say the sweetest stuff to me.

Did you reach any milestones last year? What was your biggest accomplishment? Shit, last year was full of accomplishments for me. It was my debut year as a rapper and I booked my first 7 shows, traveled to a few new places, gained a decent amount of fans. I became a RedBull sound select artist and got featured in the Fader. It was cool but this year gone be better.