Mia X, Been Through the Storm

A well over a decade has passed since the first lady of No Limit, Mia X, released her last album, 1998’s Mama Drama. Her departure from the rap game was initially sparked by the abrupt loss of her parents, resulting in Mia becoming the matriarch of her family. With two kids to raise and a sister to put through med school, a career in music just didn’t seem as important.

Fast-forward 12 years later, her children and sister are leading their own lives and Mama Mia is eager to get back to the mic. Following the release of her Unladylike Forever mixtape, the New Orleans madam is releasing her comeback album, Betty Rocka Locksmith. Supported by local legends like Juvenile, Fiend and KLC, as well as newfound supporters Drumma Boy and Gucci Mane, X is back for her spot. XXLMag.com caught up with Mia to get her story of hardships, returning to rap and why there’s still no limit.

XXlmag.com: It’s been a long time since fans have heard from you; how much of a factor did the death of your parents play on your hiatus?

Mia X: My parents died right after I put Mama Drama out… I lost my mother and father five months apart and then my grandmother eight months after. My father he drove 18-wheelers. To avoid hitting a driver, he stepped on his brake and it caused the trailer to jackknife. My mom and dad plunged into a 20-foot ravine. My mom was killed. Five months [later] my dad was leaving a party and he was killed. It was one thing after another. I was in a bad place just getting enough strength to do the mom thing, be a cook every day and care for the children. When that part of the day was over I was just curled up in the bed. I’d shut myself off from the world. I turned the ringer off on the phone and faded off into the darkness. It was just a very hard time and a very sad time.

XXLMag.com: Many people can empathize with your decision to step away from the game but was your split from No Limit amicable?

Mia X: We never split up. We are the godmother and godfather of each other’s children, we are in-laws to each other; we are truly family. We still hang out. I just went to a Juvenile concert with Fiend, Mr. Serv-On and KLC and it was really fun. We still communicate with one another because all of us we’re family…

XXLMag.com: What about Master P?

Mia X: We all still love Percy [Master P] dearly but at the same time you got brothers and sisters that you just don’t fool with for one reason or another, that don’t mean you don’t love ’em—dude is family… I wish things could be a little different. I wish we wouldn’t have lost the communication. No Limit was run like a family business, when he went to play basketball [in the NBA] the communication broke down between him and all of the artists.

XXLMag.com: How so?

Mia X: We had a different relationship with our CEO; we used to sit down at the roundtable to discuss the projects, the marketing, videos, dates and then things got really formal and unfamiliar. A lot of people think it had a lot to do with money, it really didn’t. It had more to do with way things were structured. No Limit was a movement, we had a good thing. When things shifted, my parents died and I was like, Well, P ain’t at the label so I might as well not go back and that’s pretty much what happened.

XXLMag.com: What label are you working with now?

Mia X: I have my own label Music Life Recording. I’m happy to be in control with what’s going on with me. In the past, because I was one of the artists on No Limit that didn’t have a contract, I was just like Silkk and C-Murder. I was treated fairly and my schedule was flexible, but I still did what Percy wanted done. He was about keeping a lot of things No Limit things and I wasn’t going against the grain. Now it’s different, I can work with whoever I want whenever I want. It’s a good feeling for me.

XXLMag.com: What the meaning behind the title of your album, Betty Rocka Locksmith?

Mia X: I come from a long line of cooks—family had a catering company—and I cook usually when I go to the studio and do a session. I find out what the producers and the engineers favorite food is, no matter what it is any kind of food I make it, so going in the booth with a couple of different producers…they’d say that’s Betty or as KLC would say, “That was that crack,” so see the cooking and the rocking that’s where the Betty Rocka came from. And you know a locksmith is a person you call when you need a key, you need the person with the keys. I am Betty Rocka Locksmith, the holder of the dope in this game.

XXLMag.com: You mentioned you have the liberty to cook up collaborations with several artists and producers, at this point who can we look forward to hearing on a track with you?

Mia X: Definitely have to keep my No Limit family on deck because we had so much chemistry. I just did one of B.G’s songs for his album… Mannie Fresh is working on some things… I’m working very close with KLC and Fiend; Serv-On [and I] we have a very good chemistry, that’s my brother… Drumma Boy, I was fortunate to work with Gucci Mane; he reminds me of Master P in his younger day. I worked with Yung Joc, Monica… I’m having fun right now because I controlling my own destiny. I am my own boss.

XXLMag.com: Aside from being your own boss, what’s your motivation for coming back to the game now after so many years?

Mia X: I never stopped writing music, and poetry. I would wake up in the middle of the night and hear a hook or hear a verse. I wrote some really good songs. They weren’t based on what I was going through at the time; I just wasn’t ready to go in the studio and record. I just didn’t want to talk to anybody, but I never stopped… All that time I was patiently waiting to find a female artist that I could say damn she reminds me of me. But you know everybody have their own idea what they want to tell their fan base so I had to come on back.

XXLMag.com: Have you noticed a change in the game since you’ve been gone?

Mia X: I understand the game has changed but my core fan base has remained loyal to Mia X. People like my subject matter, they like what I’m saying to them… I owe a lot of these young broads the whole story… I got two baby daddies and one went to the Feds for two years… I know about the glamorous side of being in the middle of the streets and I also know the tragic side… It’s not all we scored, we flipped, and we balled…its jackers, murderers, police, and diseases. A lot people I went to high school with they’re certified crack heads. These things happen when you get in this game it’s a couple of different ways it could go. That’s why I’m not changing my style; I’m not changing my message. —Rosario Mercedes Velazquez

  • LaFlair

    1 of the Best Female MC’s 2 EVER Do It!! Glad To See You Back Momma Mia!! These New Broads Wont Know Wut 2 DO Win You Drop! Can’t Wait

  • Eric

    I was on Bet.com a couple of weeks ago, and they had some article about the history of female rappers. They listed 20 or so female rappers, you know, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Kim, Foxy, Trina, Rah Digga, etc. I was highly offended that Mia X was not mentioned! She was lyrical and hard and didn’t use sex to sell her music. She’d rap Nicki Minaj out of the game, and she deserves to be mentioned when talking about rap’s best female artists.

    • Kingroy

      Lol maybe these kids will figure out Nicki isn’t the best. This was just in time too lol.

    • D_BOY

      AMEN TO THAT!

  • sb

    she looks good

  • DownSouth

    Damn, Mama looks so good in that pic! I really do wanna see her make a bangin comeback because she is one of the tightest female lyricists IMO. Holla at me and KL for dem beats baby! http://www.youtube.com/amsamuel

    DOWN SOUTH!!!

  • http://thablackyoutube.com thablackyoutube

    Glad she’s back on the scene. The feminine look is good for her.

  • http://www.myspace.com/slotchmusic ms_spittuh

    Thank Goodness that I won’t be the only one rapping real shit when I can get out there! I won’t have to worry about a thing! I’ve been listening to Ms. X since I was 9 or 10. I love her and the game needs her! Perfect timing~ maybe these little black girls will learn how to act and carry themselves ;-)

  • The_Truth

    **The last female MC album I actually purchased and enjoyed was Mia-X and I had 3 of her CD’s! She was real, and even the dudes could dig her music—chick’s now days are just something to f*ck, I peeped that Bedrock remix and the first person I thought abut was Mia-X and how much the game TRULY misses/needs her.

    Again, female MC’s today are just King Mag models with a mic!

  • no hate

    One of my favorite emcees, male or female. She goes hard in the paint!

  • Ga Poet

    Glad to see you back mama mia now show these little nicki minaj wannabes lyricism

  • HU

    Isn’t it interesting that no one seems to be a fan of trash like Nicki Minaj yet she is promoted all over the place and better known than good rappers like Mia X and Jean Grae? It shows the power of corporate control so I hope you people see that.

  • Anonymous

    @Hu
    Thanks I just thought it was me, Nikki is a certified eye candy and music is okay but, her sexuality sells her music. I’m thoroughly happy wit Mama Mai coming back

  • RedDevil

    Mia X is back finally!!! I been waiting for her to come back n show the grimey lyrics she was spittin RAW!!!

  • http://algire athmane.yassine

    sali

  • troop

    Glad to have Mia X back. Don’t sleep on another rising New Orleans female rapper Na’Tee (www.3dnatee.com). She can spit. Would love to see her and Mia X collaborate.

  • M. Baby!

    The Ghetto Mistress is lookin aight in that pic…she lost some weight and got that hair done. Looking good Mamma Mia. I’ve never under rated Mia X, she’s definitely in the top 10 Female MC’s of all time. I’m glad she’s not changing her style because the game is wack now. Can’t wait to hear what she has cooking.

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  • giana

    I love Miax she was always thick but hands down she had the best natural face in the game. she’s gota be 40 close to it or older than 40 and she doesnt look a day over 26! She doesnt sound like anyone she’s not a biter and one of the last females to WRITE. Yeah these chicks got problems i peeped her myspace/xlmiax and whoa she SPITTIN

  • Mob

    Boss Bitch hood shit real shit everything on her real to welcome back MiaX

  • Will

    She went the hardest on “Make Em Say Uhhh”

  • vizzle

    No. She went hardest on “let’s get it straight”

  • verne

    I have always loved MIA X..And how she handled all of those guys @ NO LIMIT. I have missed her soo much. Congrats on your family’s success after tragedy. WELCOME BACK. Cant wait for the album.

  • Brandy Allen

    MIX X I MISS YOU I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU LIVE. KEEP THE GOOD WORK UP.

  • Blak Detroit

    Mia X is one of, if not the best female rapper i have ever had the pleasure of listening to, thank you Mia.

  • http://xxltwitter Candygurl502

    Mia X, I must say I am please you are back into the rap game it’s a pleasure to know that you are going to be putting some lyrics down. I still listen to your music because it’s so raw and real. It’s something I can relate to from my history from growing up Good & Bad memories. Your music motives me while going to the gym as well as going down memory lane. I hope you will bring songs like R.I.P Jill, Mommies Angel’s, Rainy Dayz, Daddy, Fallen Angels and so many more. Your a beast with that Mic I hope you NEVER put it down again. However I respect what you did also.

  • 318ugkyadigg

    whoe der big timer,man,sorry bout all your loss’s baby girl but u r 1 of the coldest mc’s.male or female.i steel got 1 of yo liyric’s in my head from dat song remeber to live ya life girl glad to see u still here wit us queen do your thang peace .one of your biggest fans.