There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the word "boss" in recent weeks. Sheryl Sandberg's "Ban Bossy" campaign denounced the connotations that go along with the polarizing and domineering term.
As members K-Duce and Alizé of the Los Angeles based female rap group PTAF (Pretty Taking All Fades), whose breakout hit, "Boss A-- B---h" has been a viral sensation on the Internet, explain to BET.com, being a "boss" and being "bossy" are two different things.
"'Boss A-- B---h' is [a different thing] from 'bossy.' 'Boss A-- B---h' means we're like bosses, we're not being bossy, like telling you what to do," explains K-Duce. "We're bossing up to our responsibilities."
"[Being a boss means] just as long as you doing what you gotta do basically. Be a boss b---h, be about your business," Alizé added,
The two ladies (the third member who is also PTAF's producer, Kandii, could not be present due to her pregnancy, but still works with the group in the studio and will be back in full-swing soon.) also detailed how the song that changed their lives came about.
"We were in class just beating on the desk everyday," Alizé recalls. "One day there was a man that would come after school, an engineer, like every week or so and he was telling us, 'Oh, if y'all want to make a song, we'll do a song.'"
The trio eventually took the stranger up on his offer and recorded "Boss Ass B---h" in 2012.
Soon after posting an amateurish video of the song on YouTube, it started taking off when it was used in various Vine videos throughout the Internet. In January of this year, Nicki Minaj jumped on an unofficial remix of the infectious track, sending its already booming popularity into the stratosphere. Though the remix helped, the girls make it clear that they were already on the verge of settling on a label home when the Young Money star gave their song a five-star co-sign.
"We want to do music with Nicki, but she didn't have nothing to do with us getting signed by Capitol," said Alizé in response to the notion that Nicki's remix helped make the song popular.
While the girls look to keep the momentum going with an upcoming mixtape, their main focus is on maintaining their originality.
"We wanna be original and keep us the way we are," Alizé stressed.
Check out the clip below for more from K-Duce and Alizé of PTAF.
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