Growing up also means handling your business, and McBride is doing that, too. She’s a full-time emcee with a publishing deal and enough confidence to name her price and stick to it. TV and film sync placements boost performance income—or, as was the case during 2020’s pandemic, fill in the gaps when there isn’t any at all. Perhaps most significant, thought, is McBride’s position as the reigning queen of Nashville hip-hop. The scene has struggled in the shadow of Music City’s country music much machine, but as the genre’s sampling of hip- hop and R&B sonics happens more frequently than ever, and a racial reckoning shines a harsh light on all-white writers’ rooms and stages, that may be changing. And if McBride’s trajectory is any indication, Nashville hip- hop is on its way up, too.