Mulatto Announces Plan to Reveal Her New Stage Name
Rapper Mulatto has been making headlines for her music, but people have also been talking about her name itself. It has received some backlash, and now, it looks like the rapper is officially taking steps forward in changing her name.
Mulatto previously stated that she understood why she should change her name, denying colorism claims
Mulatto was on Lifetime’s The Rap Game during the show’s first season in 2016 on Lifetime, while on the show, she went by the stage name “Miss Mulatto.” No long after winning, she changed it to just Mulatto.
Since she began to garner mainstream notoriety, Mulatto has received criticism because of the historical meaning of the word mulatto. Fans and non-fans alike have thought she should change her name because of what it means and the fact that she is biracial, light-skinned Black woman.
The rapper, whose real name is Alyssa Michelle Stephens, disagreed with claims that was blatantly perpetuating colorism by having the name Mulatto. She previously said to The Shade Room late last year, “I’m not a colorist, but the internet gon’ do what they do, I can’t convince people that already don’t like me otherwise so I’m not gonna have a stroke about it.”
In the same interview, Mulatto said that she understood the criticism of her name and was looking into a formal name change.
She said at the time, “It’s still in the works, like, people gotta understand too that, at this level in an artist’s career that’s not just something that happens overnight.”
Mulatto further explains why she’s changing her name and how she’ll do it
In a recent interview with Hot Freestyle, Mulatto detailed more about her plans to change her name and why this is important to her.
“You know, you might know your intentions, but these are strangers who don’t know you, never even met you in person,” she said, as reported by Complex. “So you gotta hear each other out, and if you know those aren’t your intentions and that’s how it’s being perceived, it’s like why not make a change or alter it? For me, it was the name. So now I’m like, ‘OK, my intentions was to never glorify being mulatto.'”
She said even if it’s not true, if people are perceiving it as such, that means that action needs to be taken.
“So if that’s how it’s being perceived and people think I’m saying, ‘Oh, I’m better because I’m mulatto’ or ‘My personality trait is mulatto’…then I need to change the matter at hand,” she continued. “I want them to also understand that the name change at this level in your career is a big decision. Freaking investors, labels, everything has been riding on this name, so it is a big decision.”
Mulatto states that a lot of fans have definitely figure out what her new name will be, leading others to believe that the rapper’s new moniker is hiding right under everyone’s noses.