2019 Made In America - Day 2

Tierra Whack performs onstage during Made In America - Day 2 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 01, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Roc Nation)

For an entertainer, life on the road can be pretty grueling. Philadelphia native Tierra Whack loved playing the Made in America festival but it was an extra special treat to be able to sleep in her own bed after playing to the excited crowd.

"Playing Made in America was amazing. I love to be home. I was like 'Yes! I get to sleep in my own bed tonight and not a hotel'. This festival was like working from home," Whack said.

Even after playing to huge crowds filled with adoring fans, the North Philadelphia native is amazed by people's reactions to her work.

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 "I wake up. I brush my teeth. I do everything that everyone else does. So it's cool that people think that I'm cool," she said.

That humility is most likely one of the reasons that Whack has been able to make a name for herself in the male-dominated hip-hop field.

"It's an amazing time for female artists right now. I can name about 30 female artists that are amazing and before it wasn't like that. I would have had to really think. I could say two and that would be it. We have so many different females right now and I'm so happy to be a part of this generation and this time," she said.

One of the hardest things about being an artist is coming up with fresh and innovative ideas. Luckily for Whack, she has a deep well to pull from.

She said, "My ideas come from everything, inside of me, my toes, my heart, my feet and all of that. I can't put it into a box. Even my security guard standing there could inspire me. He looks real tough but you can tell that he's really a sweetheart. I like that. That could spark something. You never know. I could shoot a music video based off of him."

The 24-year-old also draws inspiration from her Philadelphia roots.

"Philly's flavor is raw. It's just organic. We are who we are and that's just how it goes," she said.

Whack is not an out-of-nowhere hometown sensation. She studied the Philadelphia music scene, used what she learned and it helped her get where she is today.

"When I first started, I did my research. If I want to be a rapper or artist, I gotta know who came before me and what was going on. I looked up Jill Scott, Black Thought and State Property. I knew everybody. Today, I get to meet them all and be like, 'Yo, if it wasn't for you guys, I wouldn't be here.' They paved the way. They made it easier for me, " Whack said.

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