Written on October 25, 2011 at 10:13 am , by Marianne Magno
The 22-year-old rapper and America’s Best Dance Crew judge may project a tough image, but Lil Mama shows her more vulnerable side with her work to support breast cancer research and awareness. Here’s what the musician wants you to know about her recent projects, including how she uses her music to help others.
What new music have you been working on?
I recently released “NY, NY, LA, LA” with Snoop Dogg and “Hustler Girl” which is a song that celebrates hardworking women everywhere.
Tell us more about your work with the Tigerlily Foundation to support breast cancer research.
After my mom passed away [in 2007], I wanted to use my voice to raise awareness. I’m working with World Music for the Cure which will support the Tigerlily Foundation. I’m working on new music for the CD, and the proceeds from it will go towards breast cancer research.
You lost your mom to breast cancer at a young age. How did this affect you in terms of how you think about your health and lifestyle?
It definitely made me eat differently. When my mother was diagnosed, she changed her diet and ate more vegetables, replaced red meats with chicken and fish and had to be more strict with herself. I realized I have to do that, too. I try to eat well and exercise to be healthy.