Harrow's X Factor sensation Honey G says she hopes to inspire more female rappers while wiping out her £10,000 debt.
The singer, whose real name is Anna Gilford, believes rap is a male-dominated industry because too many women find the scene "intimidating".
She believes her success could help break down those barriers at the same time as solving her financial woes.
"I write about my experiences, and I find music can be very therapeutic. I want to influence other women to speak out and express themselves through rap," she told getwestlondon.
"The UK is crying out for more female rappers. I want to steer women away from thinking rapping's too intimidating for them.
"I'm looking for a record deal so I can leave my business. It's not doing very well and I've probably got about £10,000 of debts."
'There will always be haters'
The 35-year-old privately educated singer, who runs her own recruitment firm, is not your conventional rapper.
That, coupled with her unique style, led some people on Twitter to suggest her act was not genuine.
But Honey G, who in an earlier interview said there was "nothing fake about me" , insisted your background should not be a barrier to pursuing your musical ambitions.
"It doesn't matter who you are or where you've come from. That doesn't take away your right to speak out," she said.
"Just because I didn't grow up on the roughest council estate in Stonebridge Park doesn't mean I'm not allowed to speak out and rap.
"There will always be haters but my motto is 'don't play at hate, congratulate'.
"I want to bring joy to people's lives and prove that rap doesn't have to be about bullet-proof vests and stuff like that."
Could her Smooth Criminal win over Simon Cowell?
Honey G has had a varied musical career, including a stint as a DJ at the Ministry of Sound, but she only started rapping some four years ago and The X Factor auditions were the first time she had done so live.
She earned a place on the bootcamp after impressing three out of the four judges.
But she is determined to win over the fourth judge, Simon Cowell , who turned away in apparent disdain during her performance.
"I'm a bit gutted I didn't get the response I wanted from him, because I'm a big fan of his," she said.
"It's my job now to prove him wrong and get him on my side, and I'd love to get the opportunity to perform Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal on the show."