Q&A: Nitty Scott MC On Moving To New York, The Boombox Diaries Vol. 1, And Blurring The Line Between Mainstream And Underground

Nitty Scott MC is fresh out of her teens and she's already had three career changes, though she's remained a writer throughout. Within the last few years she's made a name for herself among New York's tough crowds as a legit MC who only includes organic hip-hop ingredients in her dishes.

Nitty—who just put out her first official commerical release, The Boombox Diaries, Vol. 1 (Boombox Family)—took some time off from penning lyrics in Brooklyn to chat it up with SOTC.

Let's start at the beginning. Where are you from originally?

I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I moved to Florida when I was five, and I started school in the central Florida area. There are actually a lot of New York transplants [in the area], but it's still too slow out there. There's not much of a scene. People always think of palm trees and Disney World, but where I'm from it's cows and endless fields.

Obviously we know why you came to NYC...

Yeah, I always had intentions of pursuing my dreams in the big city. My dreams are too big for where I'm from. I was very unhappy in Florida. Then in the summer of 2008 I got an internship at the Daily News. Journalism was originally the more academic plan for my life; I was editor-in-chief of my school paper and yearbook.

But you didn't even wait unitl high school was over before you moved to New York.

That's right. Domestic dysfucnction and instability. Plus crashing my car, so I was officially a high school senior on public transportation. Lost my job as a character performer at Disney World. Lost that job because of my car wreck. No job, no car, no motivation.

Why not at least finish school?

I went to Osceola County School for Arts, which was a special school. Senior year, though, they implemented new uniforms, new ID badges... the artistic atmosphere was gone. I was miserable and I wanted to leave Florida. My folks let me go to New York, even though I was 17 and they could've made me stay. So I researched schools up here, made sure I'd be able to graduate on time. And I did. I was able to graduate in 2009 from John Jay Secondary School for Journalism in Park Slope.

Haha. Good shit. So now you're officially a New Yorker because you went to high school here... sorta. Where do you stay?

Living in Coney Island. Pretty cut off from everything. I started in Queens but moved to BK once I got into school at John Jay. Seems like there are so many transplants who are trying to be in the center of things in Brooklyn like me.

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285 Kent Ave

285 Kent Ave., New York, NY

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