Last September, Nitty Scott wrote a letter to her fans unveiling the truth. All of it; precisely what was happening behind the scenes of her seemingly sprightly rap career and holding up the release of new music. "In short, every single person I have ever entrusted with my career has let me down," the Brooklyn rapper stated bluntly in a Tumblr post that laid it all down on the line last fall. From controlling former management to flaky booking agents and shady indie labels, the young spitter's brave public statement was made in the name of her art but to also shed an honest light on the music industry's capacity and often blatant attempts at taking advantage of young burgeoning female talent. But Nitty wasn’t going to sit quietly and let that happen.

Since then she's cut ties. Started over and rebuilt her brand from the ground up, this time as the artist she wants to be and this time, focused on releasing music as dynamic and radical as she is. "I am a person, not an idealized object and I had to allow my experience to take me wherever it needed to in order to evolve. If there's one thing I think I deserve, it's to be trusted that I will deliver," she said, ending off her September address. And now the time has come for Nitty to make good on that promise.

Fast-forward a few months and Nitty Scott is dressed in powdered pink, headlining a show in Toronto on International Women’s day. Her forthcoming album CREATURE! is set for delivery this summer and Nitty Scott is ready to release every bit of her Afro-Latina bae magic.

CREATURE! drops Summer 16. Does that mean your down for playing dirty not clean?

Yes. In one way or another. I think that I'm busting out of the box that was created for me. I'm sort of celebrating all my intersectional identities. I think I'm playing with my persona on there a lot. So, it's sort of a dangerous project in the way that it's going to challenge listeners to expand their view of not only Nitty Scott but several issues that I think affect us – like my thoughts on feminism and being an Afro-Latina and being a member of the LGBT community. Just all of these things that I'm not afraid to show my support for and identify with.

What has been the process of putting that together?

It's been a lot of gathering and listening. A lot of digging into my roots and listening to old music from Celia Cruz, La India and music that my mother raised me on. And just kind of stepping outside of the environment that has surrounded me for so long. I think that people have always seen me as a New York City artist and I'm definitely via NYC but there's such a huge population of Puerto Ricans and Dominicans and people who come from the islands. So I'm allowing my inner island girl to kind of show, meets the stoop kid that everyone is accustomed to. So I've just been fusing worlds a lot. It's a tapestry of sounds. It's a sancocho, if you will. It all adds up to something that I don't want to be narrowly defined. It's multi-dimensional and prismatic. I think that that's a reflection of me.

Incredible. I saw you tweet previously that you'll release the project when you feel that it has reached the highest Afro-Latina bae magic level so has it and if not, what is missing?

At this time, I don't think I've reached supreme Afro-Latina bae magic but I am kind of working towards it. I'm cutting just lots of records. I'm not inhibiting my ideas. So I'm allowing myself to continue to create and then when it's time to be released, I plan on narrowing down what makes the most cohesive project. For me, it's been about just trying different directions and playing with my voice more and even introducing the singing element and things that people haven't really seen me do. So because of that, it's in development right now. It's really a work in progress but it's definitely a summer album so that much I can say. I do plan on giving it to the people in the summertime.

That sounds like such a freeing process. Because I remember last year, you had written an open letter to your fans about everything you were going through at that time and now it seems like quite the opposite place.

I wrote a very heartfelt and very sincere Tumblr post last year. I just kind of laid out everything that I was going through behind the scenes and I just wanted people to see my human struggle. I think that you can be really idealized and objectified as an artist, where you almost just function for people's entertainment. And I needed people to know that I was dealing with everything from mental health issues to homelessness to financial issues to issues internally with my team and management. It was like everything fell apart. So I think that with this project, because my fans know that journey and they know that struggle, they also know that I wanted to break away from the very limiting persona that I had before. They're like wow, you separated from the team that wasn't in your best interest. Things were hard, things were quiet for me at one point. So, it's definitely a come-back album in a way. And I feel back for the first time. I feel like people know my story. They are familiar with me and have respect for me but they don't know every layer. So, I'm revealing that. And I think my fans are going to see that as an empowerment project for me, a project that I was able to completely manifest from scratch, the entire concept, all the subject matter, all the marketing is me. And that is me having that freedom for the first time.

That's so refreshing to hear. And you've spoken openly on social media about the Kesha situation and how triggering that was for you. You talk openly about female empowerment and it's wild to hear how you made it out to where you are now maybe even before there was this dialogue. How have you seen the industry change in regards to helping women from your struggle until now?

I really feel like in the past five years, things have changed in the industry. Unfortunately, in the scope of women in hip-hop, there's been progress – not as much as I'd like to see – but there's been progress as far as allowing other voices in other than the dominant voices that we always see. Tink, Dej Loaf are examples of different types of women, someone just changing the idea of what a female rap artist has to look life. I feel like there's been progress in that way. There just seems to be a dialogue more than anything else that didn't exist before. Now that there's a bit more of us, I think people are acknowledging our stories a little more and acknowledging our fight for our own identities in this. Then you have women of colour who experience racism and sexism at the same time. I have been very vocal about those things and I was afraid to before but now I feel that there are more people who are listening, or willing to listen.

Everything you do is political in a way. You speak openly about how you feel on social media, in your music, in interviews. And I also saw you mention that even getting dressed is political to you, so expand on that and describe how your style reflects what you believe in.

You can scroll through my Instagram and find evidence of four different people. For me, it's about embracing that and embracing the idea that women are not one way or the other. It's not black and white. It's not that we're either prudes or whores and that ultimatum we're given. For me, when I get dressed, it's me proclaiming that I'm allowed to be this and do this. It's proclaiming your right and your choice, which is the main focuses of my feminism. The choice that people don't usually acknowledge, that there's this idea that we are just being told what to be and falling into a position. It's about the fact that regardless of how you're carrying yourself, you chose to do that, therefore it is empowering and therefore, it is respectable.