Nicole White known to the music world as Protégée, is a
multi-dimensional artist with an understanding of change.
Her debut album "DA EP" was an intro it was the first
meeting of somewhat quiet individual, a loud message, and hiphop
That meeting produced a second album called "Black
Now more confidant then ever Protégée is prepared to take the
game by force with her third album "The Novel, Book One
& Book Two."
Along with being a talented rapper. Protegee's life journey has
brought her to being a Music Heritage Award winner for best new
a model a college graduate, and a recording label CEO. [Adyssi
This ever changing, strong persistent, hip hop artist is her to
What is it like being a female rapper
in the Minneapolis HipHop Scene?
It’s cool, peepz have been showing mad love lately.
here though because Minne isn’t really known as a hip-hop state
receiving some national attention now and once one person blows it
have a domino effect after that.
What would you like your fans to get from
I want peepz to hear a complete artist, not a gimmicky rapper. I
all kinds of music so when you hear my albums you’ll hear
styles and flows with different music. I like to keep my
guessing. I’m not afraid to try different things because
that’s only going to
make me better as an artist…I like to expand my horizons.
always hear the hip-hop influence in my music but you’ll also
influences as well.
Who have you worked with so
On this album I’ve worked with producers: Tori Fixx, Scyience
Catalyst, J. Richard and a young producer from L.A. named D.E.V.O.
As far as
artists I’ve worked with: Gary Hodges, Afro Preachah, and
a.ka. Rio. On past projects I’ve worked with: James
Jellybean Johnson and Mark Brown.
What projects are coming up
I have a few actually… I have some things that I can’t really
right now because it’s still being finalized but I do have a
single coming out in November for my single "Still Gutta".
working on my forthcoming album: "The Novel Book One: A Day
In the Life Of…"
and I have a few modeling opportunities pending as well.
What inspired you to rap?
When I was about 7-8. Hip-Hop was real big back when I was growing
ya know…the whole Def Jam/Krush Groove thing was the
"in" thing. I
used to beat box and rap at recess when I was in grade school. It
serious when I was about 12-13 in junior high school when I met
we started a group and became really good friends. I wanted to
a producer first but decided to flow instead. When I was about 17
knew for sure this was my destiny and that’s when Protégée was
What do you think about the HipHop industry
I think the days of being a "true artist" is dead.
It seems like a lot of peepz in the industry
are gimmicky there’s not a lot of substance or versatility in
right now…in my opinion. Peepz seem like they’re just trying
that quick dollar rather than being a true MC or producer. I think
LOVE is dead…it’s just a way to make some money and floss
about what you
got to some artists…but it’s not that way with me...I’d
underground and being true to myself and doing it for the LOVE
being a puppet for some record exec. who doesn’t know shit about
Where can people get your music or check you
Peepz can check me out www.protegee-online.com
Also look out
for the Still Gutta maxi single and watch for Protégée in "T-HUD"
(Troy Hudson) music video and "YOHANY" music
video: "AT THE BAR"