Whilst getting glammed up for our shoot we managed to get an interview out of our old time friend/UE Best Rapper 2016 Award winner, Ms Banks.
RFB: So what’s going on in your life right now?
MB: A lot of things I’ve just been working, new music coming out! I’m putting out my first single soon so look out for that, it’s gonna be a mad ting.
RFB: Jheeze! I’m sure you won’t let us down! How long would you say roughly you have been in the music game for now?
MB: I would say about three years.
RFB: Oh wow it seems like it was just the other day, and for the three years how have you found it?
MB: Well it’s been good. Obviously I’ve gone through transitions. I’ve gone through just loving art and always having fun, you know what I mean?
MB: And being more strategic, business wise but I’m loving it again just like the first time I started. I’m in a good place. I feel like my new music is going to be the beginning of my prime. It will be my best music so far.
Dress: Buffisha – ‘Mint Green Oversized Shirt’
Jacket: Parka London – ‘PHOEBE Faux Fur Gilet’
RFB: I hear you. It definitely feels like you have been growing consistently as an artist. When you first came to the scene did you feel like you had to come through with a certain image? For example, some girls may feel they need to come into the game with the whole sex appeal vibe to sell their music. Did you feel you could just “do you”?
MB: I felt like I had to be a bit more girly because I didn’t know how everybody was going to accept me and my story. I didn’t know if they were going to take it for what it was. First of all, if they were going to believe it and if they were actually going to accept it. I felt like I had to carry myself in a certain way.
RFB: That’s very interesting.
MB: You got good questions.
RFB: Who me?
RFB: (Getting gassed) Thank you! At the moment are you independent?
MB: Yes I am.
RFB: In most recent years, we have seen a lot of successful artists remaining independent and the desire of being with a label drift away. Is this something you want to do also?
MB: It’s a tricky one because I’m very happy with being independent as I’ve always been able to do what I want to do. But if I could have a deal where they would let me have creative control then, yeah, I would be with a label. Obviously, every record label’s main goal is to make money but if they believed me enough to just give me time without rushing me or telling me how to be Ms Banks then I would do it. But, yeah, I’m not in a rush to be with one and if I had to be independent for the rest of my career I wouldn’t mind. It’s a good way to go.
Jacket: Topshop – ‘Shiny Satin Puffer Jacket’
Bralet: Nicce – Cropped Bra let White
Bottoms: Topshop – ‘Logo elastic joggers’
Socks: Topshop – ‘Fishnet’
Trainers: Nike – Air Presto (Footlocker)
RFB: I hear you. I guess it’s about what is best for you?
RFB: So on a typical day in your life what would you expect?
MB: Phone call from my manager first thing when I wake up. He’s probably gonna tell me what’s going on and what needs to be sorted out. Probably go on the gram, everyday preeing, story of my life [laughing]. Normal day stuff and studio.
Hat: New Era – 9FORTY MLB New York Yankees Mesh Cap
Jacket: Duck and Cover – ‘Chamonix Quilted Puffer’
Top: Nicce – Khaki Body
Bottoms: Duck and Cover – ‘Formula - Men’s Jog Pants
Trainers: Nike – Tuned 1 Jaquard (Footlocker)
RFB: And on a casual how would you dress?
MB: I’m about comfort more than anything. I’m always in a pair of trainers. Right now cos it’s winter I’m in a puffa jacket, love a bomber jacket. I love fur! Oh my god! I’ve always loved wearing high waist jeans as well because it makes my shape look better. Joni and Jamie jeans in Topshop!
RFB: Random – which pair of kicks that you really hate?
MB: That I hate?
RFB: Yeah! You know when you see them on someone’s feet and your like “Ahhh, come on man! Allow it, please”.
MB; Hmmmm [laughing]
RFB: Or something you like?
MB: I like Balenciaga’s on boys but the low top ones. The high top ones start to get that creasing and starts looking mad
RFB: [laughing] I hear you. Which artists – UK or internationally – would you say have been your influences, growing up?
MB: I would say Estelle
RFB: Oh yeah! I forgot about her…
MB: Wretch 32, Giggs..
RFB: I knew you were going say that [laughing].
MB: Of course are you mad! [Pauses to think]…Miss Dynamite. I know, I’m not as conscious as her but she always spoke to me as I was growing up.
Top: Kappa – Authentic Spanagle Crop T-Shirt
Bottoms: Nike – Tech Fleece Pants (JD Sports)
Trainers: Diadora – N9000 ‘Green Olive’ (Footlocker)
RFB: what would you like to achieve in the next five years? In life, music, anything!
MB: I would like to have a Brit award. I would like to have charted in the billboards in America and here obviously, with something that is very Ms Banks. Not just something that is like “Pop”. Breaking a record or doing something that a black female hasn’t done before in the industry.
MB: I don’t know if that is getting a mad amount of streams or doing a tour in somewhere they have never been or just breaking some type of barrier, opening the doors as a black female artist.
RFB: And is there a sort of dream person you would like to collaborate with?
MB: Nikki. Nikki Minaj!
RFB: Jheeze! You two on a track would be fire! Do you have a message you would like to say to up and coming girls that are trying to do what you’re doing or probably don’t have that courage yet?
MB: Be confidant, be honest and just don’t watch no one. Just do you. At the end of the day there are people out there with big fan bases and you do not know about them. Just be yourself and be confident and that will do everything for you.
RFB: So do you get a lot of DM’s?
MB: Yeah. I get weird ones now like guys are trying to be extra harsh towards me. Like, proper trying to “friend zone” me real quick so I don’t think that they’re trying to move to me. Yesterday, for example, I got a DM that started off saying “Bro…”. Then some people will be like “Oh, I just wanted to let you know that you’re beautiful…” and I’m like “Thank you”. But some people I’m just like “Do you think I’m really going to reply to you? Like you’re boying it”.
RFB: [Laughing loudly] So the worst one you had was someone starting off with “Bro..”
MB: Yeah it started off with “Bro..” or the one when the guy said “Ohh I’m not DMing you like that”. But…what do you mean? Don’t DM me then! [laughing]
RFB: That’s mad. So what would be the best way a guy should approach you? on Insta anyway.
MB: “Hi Ms Banks, I know this is your music page but I just wanted to say I think you’re beautiful and I’m really interested in getting to know you”.
Jacket: Schott NYC – ‘AW16 Shearling Leather Jacket’
Top: Urban Outfitters – Metallic Foil Ribbed Cami
Trousers: Forever 21 – ‘Tailored Trousers’
Chain: Asos – ‘Reclaimed Vintage 90’s Heart Choker’
RFB: Jheeze! Say no more. The last question is what does a Rebel mean to you?
MB: Someone that doesn’t care about society’s opinion and breaks all the rules.
Jacket: Schott NYC – SS17 Satin Bomber
Top: Tommy Hilfiger – ‘Long sleeve crop top’ (Urban Outfitters)
Bottoms: 11Degrees – Core Joggers Khaki
Trainers: ‘Nike – Air Max Plus University Red White’ (Footlocker)
Look out for Ms Banks single dropping real soon and follow her @msbanks94 and during the meantime check out her latest video!