GLOW UP QUEEN: COSMO Cover Girl Saweetie Opens Up About Suffering From PTSD Following That Cringey HOT 97 Interview

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Saweetie covers the April 2021 issue of Cosmopolitan where she opens up about suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder following that cringey HOT 97 interview back in 2018. Find out she bounced back, plus how she’s using her early career fails as fuel for her glow up, “pretty privilege,” and more inside…



BAD & UNBOTHERED! We love to see it.

It’s the ICY GIRL’s world right now and rapper Saweetie is enjoying all the fruits of her labor. But before she became our baddie bestie in our heads and the Queen of Content, folks were sleeping on her real heavy.

Like in 2018 when she sat down with HOT 97’s Ebro Darden, Peter Rosenberg, and Laura Stylez. The radio personalities asked her to rap/freestyle, so she did. However, they weren’t feeling her rhymes and made sure she knew it. Ebro called her raps “basic” and said she needed to a lot more to “impress” him. Literally, right after she finished her freestyle, all three hosts laughed. There were also several sexist comments made towards her during the interview.

Check it:

Now, she’s climbing the music charts and landing magazine covers. For her latest feature (which comes on the heels of her breakup from Quavo), she graces the April 2021 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine with confidence, letting the world know she isn’t here to impress—she’s here to f*cking dominate. IKTR!

Following the interview, Saweetie said it felt like the Internet did a complete 360 on her where one minute they were in love with her and the next they hated her. She said she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder due to the turn of events.

“It was a really dark point in my life. I went from being so loved so quickly because of ‘Icy Grl’ to, on my first promo run, well, you saw the interview. The script flipped really quick, like night and day. I was like, Wait…” she trailed off.

“I had PTSD from that.” There were other gut punches too. Like when the whole internet seemed to decide she was a terrible rapper after clips from early performances surfaced online. “Because ‘Icy Grl’ was so popular, I was being booked at huge festivals,” she points out. “I was literally thrown into it.”

After the release of her interview, Ebro hopped on Twitter to tweet:



“Please don’t confuse success in the music business with being good at making music. Thanks,” he wrote.

As expected, fans felt it was shade thrown at Saweetie, but he claims he didn’t know anything about her interview or why folks were coming at him about her. Peep his tweets below:







“I hate when that happens… Im just tweeting listening to music and having discussions, then boom! My tweet is aligned with some other bullshit I ain’t even know happened. Damn,” he said in response to the backlash.


Experiencing L’s early in her career only fueled her drive to become great. The “Best Friend” rapper said she learned a lot from her mistakes, which now makes her appreciate all the rewards she’s receiving now.

“I’m really grateful for my start,” she said. “Because the mistakes, the struggle, the grind—it allows me to appreciate the rewards that come now because I know what it feels like to sleep in motels, to drive and do promo, to be stressed out.”

After taking vocal lessons (more people should so salute to her) and working harder on carefully constructing songs, she’s now a better rapper and performer.

“Some of us have it naturally. And some of us don’t—like me,” she said. “And that’s okay because I know that as long as I work hard, I’ll become one of the best.”

And you can’t be mad at that.

The USC grad also talked about all the tweets and think pieces about “pretty privilege.”

“I won’t act like there isn’t a certain type of power that comes with people admiring your face. But that’s not something that gets me off,” she explained. “I like being Female Athlete of the Year. I like getting 4.0s for a straight year. I like knowing that I write my own songs. I like knowing that I create my own treatments. I like knowing that I donated $150,000 to Black Lives Matter.”

Those are the reasons why she’s naming her first studio album, Pretty Bitch Music, which is set to drop this Spring.

“It’s my way of taking back all those years where I feel I had to dim my light,” she said.

The 27-year-old rapper shared she’s still putting the finishing touches on Pretty Bitch Music.

“I’m always looking at it,” she explained. “It’s like having an essay that’s not due yet. I’m going to keep rereading it, editing it, switching out words for better words,” she said.

We’re ready to hear her new BOPS.

As she continues to mature as a woman, the Bay Area native is all about being comfortable in her skin while showing little Black & Brown girls that they can do whatever they put their minds to.

“Last year was the year that I finally became comfortable in my own skin. I kind of figured out what my purpose was,” Saweetie says. “I think it’s important to show little Black and brown girls that they can be successful in whatever they want to do. If I can do it, you can do it too.”

Loves it. You can read the rest of her interview here.


Photo: Saweetie’s IG

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