Miss Mulatto came out on top of the competition on Lifetime’s The Rap Game, earning the privilege of being hip-hop mogul Jermaine Dupri‘s latest protege.

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Miss Mulatto, 16, vied for the chance to launch her career with Dupri as her producer against four other young artists. That Atlanta-based teen, who started rapping after showing an early talent for writing, was unsure at first about whether or not The Rap Game was really going to be the career-launching opportunity it promised to be.

“They contacted me over the summer and we didn’t end up filming until October. … We got a call from a California number and we were like, ‘Oh, they talkin’ about a TV show, everybody’s just all talk in this business,’” Miss Mulatto told uInterview in an exclusive interview. “But it ended up going through and it ended up being a great opportunity.”

Though an obvious young talent on any stage, Miss Mulatto, who had felt like a big fish in a small pond in her hometown among the other rappers getting started, felt the competition on the show. The Rap Game proved to be a humbling experience for Miss Mulatto, showing her what there still is for her to learn.

“Working in your own city you feel like you’ve made it already, until you’re put in a situation with four other kids that are poppin’ in their city,” Miss Mulatto said. “There’s so much more than just your little area that you dominated. There’s more to experience, and then just so much to learn being around people. You think that you’re a dope writer, you think you’re a dope artist and you’re being around people that have Grammys and things for what they do, so it’s a reality check.”

Miss Mulatto also had to get used to the long hours of work she needs to put into crafting singles with Dupri, while also keeping up with her high school work online.

“JD, he has a work ethic of his own. So just keeping up with him… He has me in the studio until like five o’clock in the morning, and I have to get up and do online school the next day by certain times,” said Miss Mulatto. “So it’s all a hustle.”

Miss Mulatto dropped the Dupri-produced “No More Talking” a few weeks ago on iTunes, and a video is soon to follow. More singles are also expected in the near future from Miss Mulatto, who hopes to bring something different to the rap genre.

“There’s never been a Miss Mulatto before,” she told uInterview. “A young female going as hard as I do. And then you know I be dripping a little sauce too, so I don’t think nobody poppin’ like me.”

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Q: How did you get started in music? -

Well, I started off as a writer, in fifth grade in school. I was so into language arts, so I just started off as a talented writer, and my superintendent of my county, actually, I caught his attention. I started opening up county meetings with speeches of my own and stuff at ten years old. While that was going on, my Dad was kind of in the music industry, so I ended up combining the two together.

Q: How did you write your first song? -

The first time, my first song was pretty wack. Not even gonna lie to you. But, my Dad saw my potential, so he worked with me, put me in the studio a couple days later, and then now you got it.

Q: How did you get on the show? -

I think I was like one of the first picks. They contacted me over the summer and we didn’t end up filming until October, so that was pretty cool. They called me, actually, after a show. We got a call from a California number and we were like, ‘Oh, they talkin about a TV show, everybody’s just all talk in this business.’ But it ended up going through and it ended up being a great opportunity.

Q: What was your biggest challenge on the show? -

Just working in your own city you feel like you’ve made it already, until you’re put in a situation with four other kids that are poppin’ in their city. So, it was definitely a mind opener, a reality check. There’s so much more than just your little area that you dominated. There’s more to experience, and then just so much to learn being around people. You think that you’re a dope writer, you think you’re a dope artist and you’re being around people that have Grammys and things for what they do, so it’s a reality check.

Q: What’s different about your sound? -

I mean, there’s never been a Miss Mulatto before. A young female going as hard as I do, and then you know I be dripping a little sauce too, so I don’t think nobody poppin’ like me.

Q: What artist would you like to work with? -

Well, Brat, but she promised me a feature while we were on the show, so hopefully that’ll go through.

Q: What have you learned from Jermaine Dupri? -

Just keeping up with his work alone, that’s a battle within itself. You feel like, ‘Yeah, I’ve been working and stuff,’ but JD, he has a work ethic of his own. So just keeping up with him. He has me in the studio until like five o’clock in the morning, and I have to get up and do online school the next day by certain times so it’s all a hustle.

We just cut “No More Talking.” We dropped that a couple weeks ago on iTunes. The video should be coming out pretty soon. That was the first single. We’ve been cutting some more singles.

Dropping the video, that should be the next thing. We took it back to my high school, Lovejoy High School, that’s where I used to go before I did online school, so that should be next. The video is super dope, all my fans came out, we brought the whole city out, so that’s gonna be a cool visual.