Fresh off a trip to New York City, rising Chicago drill rapper Sasha Go Hard rang us up recently from her South Side home for a chat that was cut short when her mom interrupted the call. Apparently, the 20-year-old MC had to hop off to run an errand with one of her brothers, but before that she got real about her motivation, a new mixtape, and the big, bearded man she loves.
How did you get started rapping?
I’ve been rapping for about four years. I was just doing short rhymes, recording them on my phone until some of my friends heard them and they told me I had to actually make them into songs, but I didn’t know how to do that.
So how did you do that?
Well I saw Chief Keef putting his songs up on Facebook and I just hit him up asking him how he was getting his songs done. That’s when he introduced me to DJ Kenn and he got me in his studio. There were a bunch of people in the studio that first time and everyone was showing me so much love! After that I was like, I have to get serious about this thing.
Were you at all surprised that people were into your music so quickly?
Not really, I was already confident in my skills. I knew how I was putting my words together was cold and different than other rappers in Chicago. I guess it was a bit surprising in the studio that first time and everyone was really feeling my music that meant so much to me since I was just starting out. I was used to just rhyming into my phone, and then I’m in a studio doing it.
What’s next for you? New music? Touring?
The next step is to keep writing my songs, keep going hard. I have a new mixtape coming around Halloween. It’s with me and this guy. It’s going to be something different, something dope.
I wish I could tell you, but it’s a surprise! I can’t expose that yet! I can tell you it’s going to be different, just the flow I’m bringing and what I’m talking about. It’s nothing hood, but it’s definitely not soft. I think that’s important because a lot of people are tired of hearing the hard stuff with all the violence going on in Chicago right now.
It’s been an intense year for music in Chicago. What is your experience of the city?
I’m here on the Low End in the South Side. I was born here and grew up here. It wasn’t as bad when I was young. It was easier then. Now you can’t even go outside and just have fun where you’re from. It’s time to move.
Is that something that motivates you? To get out of the Southside?
I really do want to move. I want to move my mother, my sisters, and my brothers away from the South Side. I want to take them to a better place. I’ve been here since I was little and I’m ready to move onto something new.
So what’s the next step to get to that point?
I just have to keep making hits, keep going hard. I can’t stop, there’s no time to stop. I’m going to stay focused, do some more shows, and make those hits! I want to start working with other people too.
Who do you want to work with?
I really, really, really want to work with Rick Ross. I love that man. I love him because he has this “I don’t care” mentality. His music is real creative and he’s got this attitude where he’s going to keep grinding no matter what and that’s exactly how I am. Oh, I also want to work with Roscoe Dash.
Really? Roscoe Dash? Why him?
I think I could work well with him. I can picture him on songs with me and I think we’d make a great sound.
He hasn’t been around much lately, you can bring him back.
Yep, I’m bringing Roscoe Dash back!