Saweetie has addressed people calling her either “Queen of The Bay” or “Queen of California,” and her answer shows she would instead let the fans talk.
The 29-year-old stopped by The Bootleg Kev Podcast and addressed all the “Queen” titles she’s been receiving. Unlike other artists who would gladly take the title, Saweetie would rather not accept it and continue working on her craft.
According to the “Tap In” rapper, she doesn’t like when people self-proclaim or adopt a title on their own.
“I don’t want to self-proclaim the ‘Queen statement,’ but when I’m in certain cities or certain areas, they’ll just call me this and call me that,” Saweetie said. “I’ve been called the ‘Queen of California’ and many queen things. It’s not something I’m trying to title, that’s why I had another voice say it on my [‘Single Life’] project. I don’t like it when people self-proclaim.”
Saweetie released her latest project, The Single Life, on November 18. Fans have been speaking about the album, not because of its contents, but its dismal first-week sales projection.
The Icy Girl’s six-track project dropped with little warning and was projected to earn just 2,000 album-equivalent units in its opening week, a remarkably low figure that has sparked plenty of discussion among fans and industry professionals.
DJ Vlad — who runs the popular long-running YouTube channel VladTV — was among those who weighed in and claimed her sales would’ve been much higher had she agreed to sit down for an interview with him to promote the project.
“If Saweetie did a VladTV interview she would have easily done 10x her first week sales, which was 2000 copies,” he tweeted on November 24. “We actually reached out through one of our people and were told ‘she won’t do Vlad’. Her loss.”
Top Dawg Entertainment rapper Reason also theorized why Saweetie wasn’t able to move more copies and offered to help her in the studio so that won’t happen again.
“The Saweetie album sales is funny etc but it’s also (in my humble opinion) a representation in the lack of artist development,” Reason wrote. “Saweetie is a star, she’s proven that! But you still have to develop artist and help them make better records. I’d love to write with Saweetie.
“And no this ain’t no pick me shit this is from one artist to another, I personally believe we should bring back artist development and not just worry about social media. My 2 cents!”
The estimated sales were reported by a Twitter account that was not connected to official sources like Billboard or HitsDailyDouble, but it is confirmed that Saweetie’s effort did not land on the Billboard 200 for the week of November 26, 2022.