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When your profession is blowing, you're certain to return throughout your justifiable share of haters on social media. But as a substitute of lashing out within the feedback, Bay Area rapper Saweetie took that damaging power into the sales space for her tune "Pissed."

Now, the diehard Game of Thrones fan is unleashing her interior Khaleesi for the tune's music video, which arrived Friday (Dec. 21). "I like Game of Thrones, and I really feel like 'Pissed' captures that," she tells Billboard. "Our groups are continually combating to be No. 1. I dressed up as Khaleesi to represent what I'm making an attempt to do. I'm making an attempt to take over."

After releasing her High Maintenance mission earlier this 12 months, the "Icy Grl" rapper describes "Pissed" as a style of what's to return. "I'm tremendous pleased with that mission," she says, "however I really feel like I'm lastly determining what works for me and my voice."

Below, Saweetie tells Billboard in regards to the inspirations for "Pissed," her artistic course of for visuals and hitting the studio with Timbaland.

What was the inspiration behind "Pissed?"

I used to be actually irritated on-line studying feedback. I used to be coming throughout blogs that have been spreading false rumors, so it made me very upset, which is why I known as the tune "Pissed." I used to be extra so speaking in regards to the individuals who don't even know me, speaking all that unhealthy stuff about me. Y'all needs to be blissful for me. It's humorous, in comparison with my friends, my catalog isn't even that huge, however I'm nonetheless getting plenty of notoriety as a result of my songs do very well. I'm working laborious and minding my very own enterprise and making an attempt to do one thing I'm tremendous obsessed with. Sometimes negativity fuels the hearth. It's like, "Okay, I'ma present y'all. Y'all speaking plenty of shit, however I actually acquired some shit within the bag!"

What was the artistic course of behind the visible?

The theme of the video is Game of Thrones. I like Game of Thrones, and I really feel like "Pissed" captures that -- our groups are continually combating to be No. 1. I dressed up as Khaleesi to represent what I'm making an attempt to do. I'm making an attempt to take over. When I first got here out with my blonde hair, individuals have been calling me the black Khaleesi, and I type of simply ran with that.

It's very cinematic. I used to be closely concerned with the remedy of the video. I like my visuals to really feel like films. Hopefully individuals get that vibe, as a result of I put plenty of time into this. A man who directed my video, I truly went to highschool with [at the University of Southern California]. The truth we each have profitable careers on the best way may be very inspiring to see.

You lately hit the studio with Timbaland. What was that like?

It was dope. I really feel like he's so younger with all this power. I do know a beat is nice for me once I can simply begin rapping. It's normally laborious for me to do this. I'd even mumble one thing. I really feel like his sound is cohesive with mine. I like that 808 and bass in his manufacturing, and he makes positive there's plenty of that contained in the beats he provides me. 

Rapper @Saweetie With @Timbaland

— Timbaland Passion (@TimboPassion) October 26, 2018

How has your songwriting course of developed throughout your profession?

My model of writing has undoubtedly improved. It used to take me a very very long time, and I used to not be capable to write within the studio as a result of I felt there was plenty of stress to be excellent. The extra I'm collaborating with different artists, the extra I understand being within the studio is about catching a vibe. Sometimes you will discover a melody or the temper for the tune. I discover myself taking the stress off once I'm recording within the studio. I was so severe. 

Earlier this 12 months, Ebro criticized your freestyle skills on Hot 97. What did you make of that?

I haven't spoken to him since. I imply, that's hip-hop -- not everybody's going to love the way you rap, and that's his opinion. I'm pleased with that second as a result of I discovered from it. It's humorous, as a result of lots of people ask me about that scenario, and I respect his opinion. I'd slightly him say that than mislead me. It was a second that I'll be taught from, and it'll assist me progress with my music profession. 

Kehlani hopped on the remix of "Icy Grl" this 12 months. Have you talked to her since she introduced her being pregnant?

I undoubtedly informed her congratulations. She appears wonderful proper now. I'm simply so blissful that she determined to remix the tune that put me on the map. When you get that type of love the place I'm from, that's simply the last word type of like, y'all actually assist what I'm doing.