Breakfast on this Saturday morning wasn’t the norm for Loudd. Usually, I get up have a cup of, Seattle’s Best Coffee, get dress, and then off on my 6 mile walk, but on this Saturday morning I get a text saying; “What it Do LOUDD MAGAZINE ! On your side, I’m about ta drop in on ya, and I text back “Recording light been on. Independent Hip Hop artist, Stephanie Camps aka “Dyme Pyece” aka “ Da Icecream Lady “, and C.E.O of “#Da Print E.N.T”, sits down with LOUDD MAGAZINE for breakfast.
LOUDD: Let us in on how you became “Dyme Pyece”?
Dyme Pyece: When I was around 7 or 8 I was listening to “Salt N Pepa”, and I said to myself , I can do that. So, I started imitating them and their songs. Then I would put words together to see if I could rap my own words, and I would perform it in front of my family , and my family would say , You got it girl , keep doing your thing. When I was around 16ys old, the fellas started calling me, Dime, and it was an ongoing thing, so I stuck with it. I switched the spelling around, and “Dyme Pyece” became my stage name.
LOUDD: At what point did you discover that being a Hip Hop artist is what you wanted to do?
Dyme Pyece: When I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. Being an emcee has always been in me. I feel its part of my make-up as a human being. It feels natural. When I am writing, I am writing from a true place, me. I am a Femcee.
LOUDD: When did you start doing the steps that would elevate you to the next level of being a Hip Hop artist?
Dyme Pyece: Well I knew that my family and friends supported my artistry, but it was time for me to go out and see if the public liked me. So, they had this free Style phone in on Magic 101.3 FM , and I would call in to see how people responded to my free styles, and I started getting queen of the week. From there I started looking into the studio, and looking into buying beats. It was on from there.
LOUDD: Being that Hip Hop music is more male dominated, do you feel like you have to be more competitive as a Femcee?
Dyme Pyece: No, because I feel like I just blend in. I am just as great and talented as any male artist. I feel it puts more attention on me, which can be a good thing. It gives me more motivation knowing that I can hang with the fellas and still come out on top of my game. A female who comes out on stage behind 5 males that had just went on before her, she better bring it, and that’s just what I do. There is no way I am going to put my confidence in jeopardy by feeling inferior in this game. You just can’t risk it especially if you are trying to make it in the business. I use my femininity as the X factor.
LOUDD: Do you get a lot of support from other women, being that you are one of the few femcees here in the 352 representing?
Dyme Pyece: I get support from women; they love the fact that I can represent the softer side of a woman, but also stand hard in the paint. I also want to say that I do get a lot of negative responses from women, and even though my haters are my motivators, I am still going to be me, and keep making music, it disappoints me that they would give off that negativity. I would like to think I give a power move feel for the ladies, because I am emceeing about us. If you listen to my lyrics I am telling stories of being a woman. How we talk, how we think, and how we feel about ourselves. In my track “My Pussy”, I am representing for all of the females. Besides our brains, we also have another body part, which is valuable and it out powers anything in this world, even money, because many men have lost it all because of it. My track “Monsta” tells women to go out and give it your all, no matter what you do, at home mom, school, working, hustling, stripping, it doesn’t matter just go hard and grind. I speak from the heart and for the ladies.
LOUDD: When you about to get up on the stage, how do you know what type of energy to give off? This is a male dominated arena, so do you give off the sexiness or do you give off the skills?
Dyme Pyece: I give off both. Before the show is when I give all of the sexy, prime them up, and make them look. Once I make my way to the stage, they thinking, what is she doing up there, and that’s when I drop them skills. If I gave off skills and no sexy, I would have a different audience, if I gave sexy no skills, I would probably not be taken seriously as an artist. Skills tell and Sexiness sells. I have it balanced out.
LOUDD: I know you have done collabs with some of the best artists in the 352. S/O to Sac Dollaz, Br3adgang Blazel, Iam DaVillion T Hale,and the list goes on, but if you could do a future feature with anyone who would it be?
Dyme Pyece: I want to collab with 904’s Holly Monroe , I know the two of us together, we will create a whole different kind of Monsta, and for the softer side of me I want to do a collab with a vocalist, and that person is Bella B Peoples, her voice is amazingly beautiful, and that would be something for the fellas.
LOUDD: What’s in the works for Dyme Pyece?
Dyme Pyece: Just keep your channel tuned in on “Da Print E.N.T”.
LOUDD: Any S/O for the 352?
Dyme Pyece: S/O to Cam-dagreat Hale,Triece Bootie, Jason Black Paradise Blunt,Steve Jean-Jacques, Devonta Gates aka SG, #ROB for “Cups in da Air”, Wiley G Martin,M.A.D.E. MONDAYS, Torry Farley and BJ Jeanphilippe for giving us Indies a platform at Level Nightclub, and of course to LOUDD MAGAZINE. S/O to all the Indie’s in the 352, no matter what your hustle is, keep on putting in work. Go Monsta!
Interview by: Tyra Edwards of LOUDD MAGAZINE