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Goldielocks on Grime & Nice Guys Getting Their Due

On paper, Goldielocks may not sound like an especially big deal – a 22-year-old rapper who started making tracks by accident, worked part-time in Starbucks to stay afloat and named herself after a fairytale character that gets eaten by 3 bears? Well, if you look past all that, you’ll find a young female rapper that’s been described as “all the best and worst bits from Dizzee Rascal, MIA and Mike Skinner” and has worked with grime MCs like Tinchy Stryder and pop starlets like Kate Nash and Mutya Buena. So what if she only started rapping because she had to do it for a college assignment? PsychoPEDIA caught up with the rising star and asked about her namesake and what’s next:

Where did you get your name?
I have blonde hair and my husband started calling me that when he first met me. I think he was trying to flirt.

Who inspires you to make music?
People like Dr Dre and Kanye West inspire me to produce, but I don't really get influenced by other artists. It's more like films I’ve seen, or colours and food. I like to write about food and weed. It's like, if I see a film about gang bangers, then I wanna make some west coast kind of stuff. If I watch something like Clueless, then I want to make girly, shouty songs.

Do you still work in Starbucks? How much does that suck?
No, thank god! I didn't like the way they stripped every tiny bit of individuality from me. Like my makeup, my hair and my nails. They just wanted me to be a Starbucks robot.

What are your songs about?
At the moment, I kinda feel like I don't have anything to write about. Doing music full-time is great, but it also limits you with material to write about. When I was working at Starbucks and sticking my hands in a sink full of stale coffee and wet napkins, it was quite inspiring. I try to only write about stuff I have experienced, or people I know.

Do you ever get hated on for being a white woman with blonde hair that makes grime-hop?
Probably, but I'm not really aware of it. Most people are quite nice. Although, I sometimes wonder if artists actually think I'm shit, but their label makes them do songs with me, cause I may be 'commercial' in the future. Actually, I do get the odd MySpace hater. Someone left me a picture comment saying I had fucked-up teeth. I think I might get my braces back.

Who was the last person you punched and why?
I have never punched anyone! I'm a lover, not a fighter. It takes quite a lot to piss me off. I fucked around with some girl’s boyfriend when I was about 14 and she managed to trick us into getting into some dude's car. We got dumped on the motorway, then she punched me in the eye and ran away. I still need to write a song about that.

How would you classify your style of music?
I hate this question! I’d say it’s a mix of electro, grime and pop. With a bit of hip-hop, too. I like to say Paris Hilton vs Dizzee Rascal. Does that sound pretentious?

Have you ever seen Deuce Bigalow, the movie about the male gigolo?
Yeah it was jokes! I don't really remember it that well, just the giant Swedish lady with big feet or something. I'm a quarter Swedish, but I'm quite small.

Would you say that the movie was slightly better, slightly worse or the same as Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle?
Ah no, Harold and Kumar was better. Actually, I don't know! I haven't watched either in a really long time. I guess they appeal to different types of people. I like the fact that they made a whole film about them going to find a burger place. It’s the kind of thing that I’d do with my friends, except none of us can drive.

Do nice guys always finish last?
I think if you do good things, then good will come back to you. So, it depends on what you consider ‘finishing last’ really. It might take longer to get somewhere, but that doesn't make it worse, right?

What can we expect from you in 2008?
A release of some sort, hopefully. It's been going on for ages and it’s really pissing me off. But I think my manager, the label and my publisher are finally on the same page as me. If you don't see a release for a few months, then it's obviously because someone has fucked up along the way.

~Donald Crunk @ Styleslut

First photo styled by Gloria Loves Valentine, and shot by Lele Saveri
Fifth photo by Jackson Kidd

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