As she gears up to unleash her first studio album in seven years, Trina opens up about what she’s been working on and what fans can expect from the star-studded set.
Stopping by Rap-Up HQ, the self-proclaimed “Baddest Bitch” also revealed what it was like to appear in Frank Ocean’s stunning Blonde visual for “Nikes.”
“It just kind of happened,” she said. “He just spoke with my manager and my manager hit me like, ‘Yo, Frank Ocean wants you to do his video.’ I was like, ‘Me? What am I gonna do in the video?’ He was like, ‘No, it’s gonna be a real dope video. It’s gonna be real simple.’”
With that, Trina flew to London to meet Frank and shoot her scene. “Such a sweet guy,” she added. “Very nice guy, very humble, very respectful guy. He came out, introduced himself, we took a picture, and nobody put the pictures out. We wanted to wait for the video. Then I just stood against a wall and [a photographer] shot Polaroids. It was just done. It was that simple and that fast.”
Now, Trina is looking forward to dropping the follow-up to 2010’s Amazin’. She’s already released a video for her lead single “Damn” featuring Tory Lanez, and she has more heaters on deck.
Executive produced by Rico Love, the yet-to-be-titled LP also features 2 Chainz, Boosie Badazz, Plies, Kelly Price, and her ex Lil Wayne, who guests on the Audio Jones-produced “Situations,” described as “uptempo” and “intense.”
She also recently shot a video for the K. Michelle-assisted “If It Ain’t Me,” a song that reminds Trina of her Kelly Rowland collab, “Here We Go.” “It’s like a new version of that, a new 2017 version,” she said. “It’s a dope record. We’re about to shoot a video for that really soon. I’m excited. Working with K. Michelle is easy. There’s a great chemistry with me and her so that was one thing that made it even more of a blessing for her to be on the record.”
With a new album on the way, Trina may also find herself on television, as she’s currently flirting with a role on VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop.”
“I’ve been listening to [producers] and I’ve been talking to them, but I still have my [reservations] about it,” she said. “There are a few things about it that I’m unsure about. I watch reality shows a lot and it’s pretty entertaining, so it’s more, for myself, what do I want to get out of reality TV, if I decided to do that? That’s my whole issue with it. I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”
While Trina hasn’t released an album in seven years, she hasn’t been silent on the music front. In fact, she released her Dynasty 6 EP in December. Last year, she also dropped a slew of freestyles and paid tribute to Missy Elliott at VH1’s “Hip Hop Honors.”