The truth will set you free. Nimic Revenue never felt like she fit in—with family, peers, or society—but music was her way out. “I always just felt different,” she says. “I make music that reflects how I feel. It lets me talk to myself in a pure way.”

Growing up in Minnesota, the 20-year-old recalls a tumultuous childhood; parents who worked all the time, struggling with loneliness and grappling with anger issues that culminated with nine stints in jail. “Growing up, I’ve been through a lot of shit,” she reflects. “I’ve always been bad. I don’t know why.” Accepting her sexuality and attraction to women—amid family disapproval—left her especially isolated. “I’ve always been a lone wolf.”


Music was the saving grace. With an eclectic ear for Michael Jackson, Prince and reggae, she was blessed with artistry from a young age. Young Nimic would do impromptu shows for her stuffed animals and by the age of 10, she was in a pop/hip-hop group with her brother called MIKAZE. That proved stifling and she forged out on her own as a solo artist. Initially, she was hesitant that she didn’t fit conventional stereotypes of women in hip-hop. “I always felt people wouldn’t accept me. I never felt like, I was cute or none of that shit. I was just me.” She made a conscious decision to shake off the doubt and to just be herself. “It took me loving myself. I had to put my heart into it.”