Pineapple Profile: MAKIIN

She isn’t what you would picture when you think of hip-hop, and that’s just how she likes it. It’s way too late on a Wednesday night at a popular coffee spot on East Atlantic Ave. It’s open-mic night and artistic types are here in force. It seems like the perfect place to be meeting a musician to talk shop, but then the crowd goes quiet, all heads turn and the last thing on their mind is art. Makiin is 5’7” but 6 inches of that are heels. She’s dainty but strong and doesn’t bring to mind an artist on sight much less a rapper. She can rap, though, and she is serious about it. I realize that I don’t know any white female artists in that genre so I ask the obvious question: “Is it difficult being a minority in the rap industry?” “It is,” she replies, “but it’s good for me. I don’t get the luxury of people taking me at my word. When I tell someone that I rap, they immediately make me work for the respect. I think I rap more in the streets then I do on the stage, and I perform a lot of shows!” I am checking out her most recent video entitled ‘XOXO” featuring a Korean soul singer named SOMong. The video quality is as good if not better then what’s on MTV (when they play videos), and if you listened to the song without knowing who it was, you would swear you were listening to a pop mix of Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliot from a top 40’s station. She is perplexing, though. Each song and video and every new rung up the ladder seems to explain why everyone loves this girl so much. Halfway through our two-hour chat in the coffee shop, I started scratching my head. Her recording persona is very much what you would expect of a woman in a male-dominated industry—a sexy bravado largely dominated by girl power lyrics—but the more we talk, the more I see the other side of Makiin, the side that would do anything for friends and strangers alike. She puts on a charity concert every year for the “I Care” foundation. The concert is going to be in May and there will be 10 Florida MC’s to perform for it. It’s $10 at the door and every penny goes to the charity. “I was raised by parents who did anything that they could for everybody that they could, and I am one of four children but because my parents would take in kids off of the street who needed help, I have about eight siblings who I love and cherish to this day.”

Makiin worked in a woman’s treatment program when she started rapping, so she has a unique view on rehab, a topic that is a hot button in Delray Beach. She tells it to me straight: “What if it’s you or your child that gets in a car accident and inadvertently gets addicted to pain medication? I understand the uproar, but we need to temper the argument with patience and a love for neighbor.” Makiin isn’t all roses though. She’s also an incessant and goal-oriented woman and talking is rarely the goal, unless she is on the Internet, where the Makiin brand is flourishing nicely. Over 5,000 people subscribe to the Makiin brand between Twitter and Facebook and that number grows daily. Forty-thousand people visit her website monthly, and she has over 50,000 combined views on her YouTube channel. For all intents and purposes, at 25 years old she’s on her way to mogul status. “I have hit every bump in the road on the way to where I am,” she confesses. “Everyone has an opinion, some are good and some aren’t, but I don’t care about the negative ones enough to stop.” I ask her how she describes her music and she tells me that it’s fresh, sexy, feel good music. That makes total sense now because that description pretty much describes Makiin to a T. You can find Makiin everywhere! Follow on twitter @MakiinMelodiiez