Ice Spice Lands On The Cover Of "Billboard," Discusses Her Sudden Skyrocket To Fame & More

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Ice Spice attends the BET Hip Hop Awards 2022 on September 30, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for BET)
Things are getting seriously Spicy this spring.

In the early days of her career (which weren't all that long ago, if we're being frank), Ice Spice was faced with near-constant accusations of being an industry plant, or a "one-hit-wonder." She's since shut down those claims, quickly proving herself to be one of the most ambitious young rhymers working today. Less than a year after the arrival of her debut single, "Munch (Feelin' U)," the 23-year-old landed her debut collaboration in the form of the "Princess Diana (Remix)" with Nicki Minaj. Following that, we saw her debut at the Met Gala, and now, she's gracing the cover of Billboard's latest issue.

For her photoshoot with the outlet, Spice donned a variety of vibrant looks, from an all-purple ensemble that served major Daphne Blake vibes to showing off her curves in a tight pink catsuit, the "Bikini Bottom" lyricist proved that there's no shortage of styles she's able to pull off. Cleverly titled, "The Ice Age," the accompanying interview details the New York native's rapid rise to fame, as well as her plans for the future. "The first time I met her, I knew she was special. I got that tingling feeling [I get] every time when you meet that [kind of] artist," CEO/chair of Capitol Music Group, Michelle Jubelirer, told Billboard of Isis Gaston.

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As you may recall, the redhead first began gaining serious attention online after her "Buss It" challenge video went viral. At the time, she was playing around with the idea of writing raps, but after connecting with RIOTUSA while studying in college, Spice realized the potential she had to blow up online while twerking along to a track of her own. Her debut single, "Bully Freestyle" arrived in March 2021, and by August of last year, Drake had caught wind of "Munch." The Canadian gave Gaston a major co-sign by playing it on his Sound 42 Sirius XM channel, only boosting the fashionista to further fame.

Growing up, the Like..? artist had the influence of her father, an underground rapper, to look up to, though she said she didn't feel pressure to follow in his footsteps. Still, he did give her a taste of what life in the studio is like while putting her on to huge names like Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and Wu-Tang Clan at an early age. Check out the stunning photos from Spice's Billboard cover shoot above, and read her full interview with the outlet here. For more hip-hop and pop culture news updates, be sure to tap back in with HNHH later.


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Hayley Hynes is the former Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, she stepped down after two years in 2024 to pursue other creative opportunities but remains on staff part-time to cover music, gossip, and pop culture news. Currently, she contributes similar content on Blavity and 21Ninety, as well as on her personal blog where she also offers tarot/astrology services. Hayley resides on the western side of Canada, previously spending a year in Vancouver to study Fashion Marketing at Blanche Macdonald Centre and Journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary before that. She's passionate about helping others heal through storytelling, and shares much more about her life on Instagram @hayleyhynes.