Sevenpie snagged a golden opportunity with the one and only Lil Asian Thiccie, a Malaysian rapper who has made a name for herself after making headlines for her single Get Munni and Wenowano!
Having garnered over 500,00 streams on Spotify alone for the single Get Munni together with Zamaera and reaching almost 600,00 views on the music video to Get Munni, Lil Asian Thiccie is definitely a force to be reckoned with.
From releasing a banger hit in 2019, to performing on the Good Vibes Festival’19 stage, to releasing another hit in 2020, Lil Asian Thiccie also known as “The Fresh Princess of rap” is with Sevenpie to share a little more about herself and her journey in becoming Malaysia’s rap princess!
1. Hello Lil Asian Thiccie! Could you give our readers a brief introduction about yourself?
I’m Lil Asian Thiccie. I’m a Leo sun, Libra moon, Sagittarius rising so that’s like 2 fire signs and 1 air sign combo… mess. I rap and sing with a lot of autotune haha.
2. What made you want to pursue music? Were there any inspirations that inspired you to start your journey as a rapper? Did you always want to be a rapper?
Everytime I tell this story it doesn’t get any less embarrassing but I kinda got into this by accident. Long story short, I put out a soundcloud track at 3am on a Monday for shits and giggles and the next thing I know is I’m waking up to a billion texts about how I’m a rapper so yeah I just kinda went with it. I’ve always written music ever since I was lil but I have massive stage anxiety and lack the pipes I REALLY WANT to pull off the music I initially wanted to make – R&B. Rapping kinda made music a future reality for me… especially since I never believed that it would. Plus I have fun doing it. I don’t know, bruh, like it’s still really surreal to me that people want to hear my music or that I’m actualising these ideas in my mind into real songs. It’s been super tough these past 2 years just trying to find my sound and also juggle my school work, education, shows and a social life. But I’m at a point in my artistry where I’m super excited with the catalogue of demos I’m sitting on… just waiting to release them!!!
3. How did the stage name, Lil Asian Thiccie come about?
It’s been my social media handle for years now. I got it from this other girl who’s handle was “lil mixed hunny” and made it my own. I think it summarises me perfect: short, chinese and chubby.
4. Your single “Get Munni” is almost a year old! What was it like recording and producing a single with Zamaera and SonaOne?
We actually got that track done in a random session 4-6 months prior to releasing it. It was during a chill hang out at the studio. I didn’t even think it’d see the light of day tbh like… I’m still an independent artist and putting out big name bangers are kinda out of my budget. So I really couldnt have gotten it put out without Zamaera. She’s someone I’ve always felt comfortable confiding in about being in the industry and with whatever insecurities I have. Getting to know her and working with her was one of the most inspiring months for me. And i love working with Sona. He was one of the first people who really invested time in me as an artist. And he was the first person to ever bring me to my first studio session, I’ll never forget it! A lot of my knowledge on crafting melodies and lyrics, I learnt from him. Honestly without either of them, I don’t think I would be where I am at today… at all.
5. The response to Get Munni was insane, it was playing everywhere! Could you bring us back to a time when you realized that “Get Munni” blew up?
Um funny story, I have really bad self-esteem so I’m always always ALWAYS downgrading my expectations to the point where it’s self-slander. It’s still surreal when I walk into a club or a store or a GRAB and hear the song. It makes me cringe but IN A GOOD WAY.
6. The music video to “Get Munni” was really unique! How did the idea of the music video come about?
Just me and Zam sitting around her house drawing up storyboards. Zamaera is a very VERY hands-on person, she’s invested in every part of the process but she’s also great at including everyone in it. So we both kinda spoke out our ideas and drew them into teeny storyboards. We just wanted it to be very fashion-centric and BRATZ doll vibes. ATG (@longliveatg) filled in the inbetween details.
7. You were one of the first acts up on stage at Good Vibes Festival 2019, what was your experience like performing “Get Munni” on the GVF’19 stage?
Being an early act is so nerve-wrecking. I was so sure that nobody was gonna show up. But literally every time I turned around to look at the crowd, there were just more and more people and I was like whuuuuuutt! I rehearsed for weeks before GVF’19… like y’all don’t even know… but the best part of performing first is that you get the rest of the weekend to enjoy the festival!
8. “Wenowano” was released just a few months ago, are there any new music that fans can expect anytime soon?
A LOT. I’m trying as BEST as an independent artist CAN to push stuff out but I swearsies, it’s gonna be worth it. I actually high-key hate WENOWANO just because it wasn’t where I wanted it to be yet but I felt pressured to put something out. Learned my lesson and now I will remember never to RUSH THINGS!
9. Living in a conservative country while pursuing Hip-hop, none of those aspects have stopped you from staying true to yourself and who you are as a person, as seen on your social media accounts. What empowers you to staying true to yourself?
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I have a big mouth and a lot of energy. Dual fire sign tings! I mean I’m not really breaking no laws with the stunts I do and I guess that’s what puts me in a place of privilege. I’m not held back by religion, my parents are pretty laxed and I’ve surrounded myself with people who speak their mind. My friends have always encouraged conversations on social issues, it’s just blended into our everyday life and we’re all pretty well versed on them. It gives me more confidence speaking up when you’re in an environment that cultivates different and respectful opinions.
10. Is there anything that you would change in the local music industry?
Hmmm, I would love for there to be more space for different sub-genres to thrive and enjoy the same exposure as the mainstream genres. This idea that a lot of Malaysians have of local music is just the TIP of the iceberg. The Malaysian underground scene has some of the most creative sounds and ideas, they’re just not receiving enough promo or exposure. And I think that’s a big shame…
11. Lastly, do you have any advice for Malaysians who are starting off their careers in the local music scene?
I don’t even have advice for myself! Haha hmm I guess something valuable I’ve learned so far is that it’s 50% music and 50% you – your attitude, your personality, your work ethic, the way you react to situations, how fast you can grow and adapt, etc. Also BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!
Thank you Lil Asian Thiccie for doing this Featured Interview with Sevenpie!