People say that honesty is the best policy, and in this musician’s case, it seemingly rings true.
Segen Abraha, better known as Affy, is a Michigan-based female rapper who pulls no punches in her lyrics. Aside from this, the themes at hand center on words to live by, calling one’s bluff, and self-confidence. Although she is soft-spoken, Affy’s all-around energy gives every song that oomph listeners are searching for. The most notable element of her musical styling is the top-tier punchlines and its combative arrangements. Take, for instance, her recent song, “Affy Reloaded Part 2.” She raps witty punchlines like, “Something like a shopping spree the way I’m always in my bag,” and “I ain’t thought of a top 10 since them MySpace days.”
“Affy Reloaded Part 2” is a trap hip-hop offering that sees the rapper speaking about her consistent grind, dropping some words of wisdom, and bringing the truth about fugazies to light. As the song continues, Affy unveils that she has hittas that’ll ride for her at all cost if others want to flap their gums. One notable line goes,
“I see you lurking on your friend’s page/You’re looking for blues clues, I’m looking to get paid.”
Amber Lé got the opportunity to sit-down with Affy here at The Feature Presentation, where she answered the following:
What inspired you to make music?
My big brother and sister always were rapping growing up. My big brother did battle rap, and my sister was a monster on the beats. Watching them both inspired me to find my own wave. Once I started playing with the beats, it was only up from there.
What would you say is your biggest accomplishment thus far as an artist?
I think it’s my ability to be versatile. It’s hard to come from the battle rap scene and jump into the industry lane. Most rappers fail when they try to covert over. Seeing how far I’ve come since my battle days surprises me because that’s where a lot of battle rappers drop the ball.
What is your writing process like?
I can write anywhere, anytime, while doing anything. I mastered noise cancelation in my younger days. So now I can get in my groove at any time. At times I can be annoying because I’m not paying attention to the people around me, but when I’m in my zone, it gets crazy.
What are the pressures of being a female rapper?
In this game, being a female is hard. Period. A lot of times, people don’t take you seriously. They may downplay your work. Or even in some cases hit on you and throw passes. The rap game used to be a male-dominated industry, but we are starting to get a new wave of female artists in this new generation. I think this is the best time to be a woman in the game. Although our point doesn’t get across as much as we would like, they are bridging the female artists’ gap to run the show.
What do you want your legacy to be?
I want my legacy to be prolific. I want to leave this world knowing my words will be remembered forever. Knowing that I can touch so many souls with my music inspires me always to go tenfold. When my days are done, my message will permanently embed in someone’s soul.
She may be humble, but her overall artistry gives her leeway, in terms of bragging rights. Affy is destined to take the world by storm.
Her new project, Affy Reloaded, will debut soon.
Check out “Affy Reloaded Part 2” below: