The Artist’s Way: Saweetie, Rapper

In this special feature, T photographed and interviewed 34 artists from various disciplines about 24 hours in their creative lives.

Article by Sandra E Garcia

SaweetieDiamonté Quiava Valentin Harper, aka Saweetie, in a Fendi bra, Salvatore Ferragamo pants, Completedworks earrings and ring (on right hand), Darius necklaces and ring (on left hand), Amami bracelet, and her own headband. Photographed meditating at her home in West Hollywood on March 10, 2022. Photography by Joshua Kissi.

Meditation helps me centre myself. One of my mentors told me about it, and I started last October. With it, I get myself out of difficulties and any problems I’m facing — it’s about alignment, recentring and refreshing my body, spirit, soul and mind. When I meditate, I like to listen to soothing music and surround myself with plants and flowers. So far, I’ve only done it indoors, but I’d love to have an outdoor session at some point.

There can be a lot of ideas and opinions simultaneously happening in my life at any one time, so it’s important that I meditate before anything so that I know my vision is clear. This practice — of lighting palo santo, of sitting quietly — has also made me grow as a person; through it, I’ve discovered my purpose, which is to inspire and empower women. Once I reached this deeper sense of self, it triggered my interest and passion for music. Now I know why I’m here.

I just take my time. I’m patient. I want to make sure that what I’m doing has intention. We all respond to energy — it has an effect on our bodies. When I meditate, I like to visualise: I’ve manifested a lot that has happened in my life. Before I learned how to meditate, I’d write down ideas or create a vision board, and all of it’s come true. I feel like meditation only strengthens that superpower.

If I could go back, I’d have started when I was young. My kids will definitely be meditating.

This is an extract from an article that appears in print in our seventh edition, Page 76 of T Australia with the headline: “The Artist’s Way”