This Black History Month, Atwood Magazine has invited artists to participate in a series of essays, interviews, reviews, poetry, playlists, and more features in recognition of, and out of respect for the symbolism and significance of this month.
Today, New Jersey rapper pineappleCITI shares her top five musical influences as a part of Atwood Magazine’s Black History Month series. Active for the past five years, Brittany Dickinson has already established herself as a singular presence in the rap world – and her latest work only reinforces her talents in the space. Following 2019’s debut album neonBLUE, pineappleCITI signed to Red Bull Records and spent the past year releasing a slew of compelling songs. From the effusive confidence of “Believe” and the undeniable heat of “Dance,” to the gorgeous flows on “Lift Me Up” and “Balance,” pineappleCITI left her mark on 2020 just in time to blast off into 2021.
My Top 5 Influences
Jay-Z – I listened to Reasonable Doubt over and over when my uncle first gave me the CD. It changed my life forever. Jay-Z not only has changed my life with music but also his political standpoints, his business ingenuity, and his effortless Black boy joy
Lauryn Hill – growing up and knowing there was a legend from my city inspired me to be great. I’m thankful for what she not only provided to the music industry but every black little girl growing up in Newark, New Jersey. She’s always inspired me to be the higher me and gave me the courage to sing and rap no matter what anyone says.
Rihanna – one of the most influential artists of our time. Not only is her music amazing but her business drive is impeccable. A Pisces queen that speaks her mind and stands up for what she believes in. She’s truly for the people
Andre 3000 – Thankful for Andre showing me to step out of every box they try and put you in. Musically, fashion wise, and his overall outlook on life has inspired me to be authentically me
Erykah Badu – She led me down the spiritual path that I’m on today. Her music feeds my soul.
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