At just the beginning of a promising career, R.A.E. is carving a lane all her own with music that easily blends hip-hop, R&B, ‘90s nostalgia, youth, and excitement. And her name is just as uplifting as her music—the abbreviation R.A.E. is a reminder to herself and fans that they are Rising Above Everything. After less than two years in music, R.A.E. became the first rapper and the first Black woman to win the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Festival in 2020, playing the festival’s main stage the following year and releasing a series of singles and EPs. Watch the video for R.A.E.’s “Mine” and check out her responses to the Youth Questionnaire below.
Question 01: How do you help others?
By being nice. It really costs £0 to be nice and you never know what someone is going through, so just to make things easier; being kind to people is helpful.
Question 02: What will your greatest impact be on this earth?
I’m still on my way to finding this out myself, but for now I just want people to remember me for being a successful global star.
Question 03: Where are you most free?
I am most free in my bedroom. It’s like a closed capsule where I can be myself, talk to myself, and dream about the future with no distractions.
Question 05: What do you dream of?
A financially stable, wealthy, healthy, successful life.
Question 07: Describe something that inspired change in your perspective.
Whatever is meant for you will always be for you. So, try to stay as positive as you can because everything happens for a reason.
Question 08: What is your coolest trick?
I can burp non-stop haha.
Question 10: Describe your relationship with your ego.
My ego comes out when I need to perform or be R.A.E. It’s like a light switch, I can turn it off and on in seconds. I like her.
Question 12: To you, what is the most soothing sound?
Rain 100%. I listen to rain every night, which helps me sleep better.
Question 13: What is your most useful affirmation?
My name R.A.E stands for Rising Above Everything, that is what I live by. No matter what you’re going through you’ll overcome it.
Question 15: What is your personal goal for this year, month, or day?
To be the face of a big brand campaign and be on a billboard.
Question 16: What song lyric, lines of a poem, or other excerpt best describes your outlook?
“You have to be odd to be number 1.” – Dr. Seuss
Question 18: Which is richer: your inner life or outer? Why?
Inner life. Everything starts from within and in order to make your outer life match, you have to make sure your inner life is at peace with the majority. That is when you can truly manifest a richer life.
Question 19: If your energy were visible to others, what would it look like?
My energy would probably be green from my feet to neck, as soon as you get to my head it would be red. I have a lot on my mind always, I’m an overthinker.
Question 20: What does it mean to you to dream beyond?
The sky's the limit, whatever you want to be/achieve in life it is very possible if you believe it. The day you can touch the sky is the day you’ll know there’s a cap to your dream. Always dream big.
Question 22: Is it necessary to have things in common with those who you love?
1,000%! When you have things in common it makes the relationship more joyous, exciting, and you’ll know what they’ll like to do. Obviously not everything as it is nice to have differences but too many differences can lead to boredom.
Question 25: Who are you when you’re free to dream?
The most powerful being ever.
Question 26: What does it mean to live your truth?
Being unapologetically yourself, not allowing anyone to get in the way of that, and refusing to conform to societal norms.
Imagery courtesy of R.A.E.