Colombian Palm Beach based rapper and rising artist Lil $o$o, often referred to as the “Trap Selena,” is making big moves in the industry. Lil $o$o embraces the essence of a true Florida girl. Having an adverse background and being raised in South Florida, $o$o is an authentic representation of what it means to be a strong, independent woman while navigating a male dominated industry. In our exclusive interview, she tells us how she got started and what’s on the top of her bucket list.
Thanks for the opportunity of chatting with you. How are you doing? I’m doing well, thank you!
Tell us a little about your background and where you’re from. I was born in Chicago, Illinois, but moved to South Florida when I was very young. I grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida, and I’m Colombian.
We like your style and energy; how did you get started in music and how did the name ‘Lil $o$o’ come about? I’ve always loved music, all my life. My mom grew up in Chicago and listened to all genres, but she especially loved the drill music scene out there. I started taking music more seriously in 2021, and it all started when I began hanging out in the studio and doing freestyles for fun. I’ve been rapping ever since. As far as my stage name, Soso has always been my nickname, and I’m short, so I thought, why not Lil $o$o?
How would you describe your personal style? I think my style is a mix of girly and tomboyish. I’m into things that stand out and look different. I think I can pull off anything, and I have an open mind when it comes to trying new styles.
Every girl has her favorite designers, who are your go to designers? My favorite designer would have to be Rick Owens. His designs really stand out to me, so I’ve always gravitated toward his pieces when building out my wardrobe.
What inspires your music? What’s the driving force behind the messages in your music? I’m a naturally goofy and funny person, but my attitude can also turn serious. I grew up with a rather chill personality and was not that much of a girly girl, so I think now that I’m older, I incorporate both of those sides of my personality into my music. I like to think of my music as fun, upbeat, and turned up. I’m definitely all about women’s empowerment, and I encourage that in my music as well.
What has toughened you and the driving force behind your strong will and resilience? I think all the things I’ve been through in my life have really pushed me to keep going. I’ve always elevated myself in life, no matter the circumstances, and I continue to do that in my career as well.
What have been some of your biggest achievements so far? My biggest achievement would have to be the moment my song, “Florida Girl,” was featured on Issa Rae’s show “RAP SH!T.” At the time, I had just started making music, so being recognized so soon on such a large platform really affirmed that I was going in the right direction.
Tell us about the amazing collaborations you’ve had in your career and which ones have been your most exciting. I would have to say my recent collaboration with Tay Money, another dope female artist from Texas, has been the highlight of my collaborations so far. The song is fun and a guaranteed banger. The song is called “No Hands.” We shot a video for it, and the visuals for the song are some of the most creative I’ve ever released. The song and video are out now so check it out!
What projects are you currently working on? What new music can we look out for? Right now, I’m working on some new singles. I have my song, “Bunny Hop,” out right now, which is getting nonstop play on the radio in Florida. I’m looking forward to dropping my project called “Girl Rap” soon. This upcoming project is all about showcasing the force of women rappers right now and how we are taking the music industry by storm.
What are the top 2 things on your bucket list to achieve this year? I want to have a viral song on all platforms and also get a feature with one of my favorite female artists: Latto, Coi Leray, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Doja Cat, or Megan Thee Stallion.