Rapsody Interviews MC Lyte About Being a Woman In Hip Hop!

hip hopIt’s about that time! Another Wednesday, another time to give Props to Women in Hip Hop!

This week I’m featuring two artists. MC Lyte, who happens to be one of my favorite MCs of all time, has been in the rap game since the 80s. She’s calm, cool, and collected and gave us hits such as Cold Rock a Party, Cha Cha Cha and Lyte as a Rock.

Then there’s Rapsody who you might know from the hit television series, Empire, or from her being featured on records with Kendrick Lamar, Big Krit, Marsha Ambrosius and more.

The two came together this week for Billboards article, “Black History Month: Rapsody & MC Lyte Discuss Being a Woman of Color in Hip-Hop”.

I grabbed an excerpt from them explaining what it’s like to be a woman of color in hip hop.

MC Lyte: As it relates to now, this is not enough. Not enough voice, not enough variety exists. There used to be a time where female MCs sort of spoke for a sector of the female population and I don’t know that those on the front lines actually reflect all of us nor do they speak for all of us. I can only hope for more variety. I get the question all the time [talking about] there’s no female MCs and I’m like, ‘What? Are you kidding? There’s so many female MCs waiting for their opportunity to be heard by the masses.’ They do what it is they do anyway because of their love for the craft, the urgency to say the words that aren’t being said. However, there are very few opportunities where they’re able to be heard by a multitude of people that can carry that message and actually have change occur.

Rapsody: It was about camaraderie. I would go back and you would have “Ladies First” [with Queen Latifah and Monie Love] and see all these women working together. We don’t have that sisterhood today. I think being in this business, you get so frustrated because there is no balance. It seems like there can only be one [female MC] at a time now. Growing up, I remember seeing you, Latifah, Missy and everybody co-existed together. Everybody was different but everybody was dope because they had their own style. Now, it seems like we think we have to be so competitive with each other and I feel like that’s part of the main problem where they use that against us to divide us instead of bringing us together. This one female [artist] was ragging on female artists and I tried to have a talk with her. I was like, ‘I understand the base of your argument as far as the quality of music but why do we have to attack each other to get that point across?’

I agree with both of them. In the 90s, women would get together and spit dope rhymes while supporting each other. We need to get back to that or at least recognize the women out there who are all about uplifting and celebrating other women. That’s where I come in…to give props to women in hip hop!

 

 

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Props to Women in Hip Hop: Lauryn Hill

l boogieLauryn Hill is one of the greatest to ever do it. She was recently on Billboard’s the 10 Best Rappers of all time list. Of course some of us had issues with the list because there was no mention of Tupac, but I digress. Others took issue with the list because they didn’t feel Hill was classified as a MC.

I beg to differ.

If we’re calling Drake a rapper then Lauryn Hill is a rapper, too. No shade. Some people just assume she’s a R&B artist and I’m like, nah. She can write, rap, flow, and happen to sing a little bit, too. But that doesn’t take away from her skill as a hip hop artist. This week I’m giving props to L-Boogie for dropping a true gem on us in 1998, with her classic and only solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. I loved the album because she touched on the industry while focusing on themes of love and God.

Although we haven’t heard much from her since then, besides the MTV Unplugged and the Consumerism single she dropped a few years ago, her one project alone was enough to deem her a true woman in hip hop.

This is epic.

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Missy Elliott Says “Don’t Give Up” On Your Dreams!

Another Wednesday, another day to give Props to women in hip hop! I saw this Instagram post of Missy Elliot and had to share. I definitely agree with her message! Keep going after your goals and never, ever give up!

 

Jayy Starr Talks “South Centralized,” Fresh Empire, Women In Hip Hop + More!

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Jayy Starr

LA native, Jayy Starr is dope. Like, really dope! She and I connected through twitter and I instantly became a fan. I definitely have to give her props for being true to herself, delivering dope rhymes, and paying homage to women in hip hop. You may have seen her on the Fresh Empire billboards or commercial. You may have heard of her mixtape, South Centralized. When it comes to women in hip hop she believes,“we should all, you know, look out for each other, the same way that these men in the industry look out for each other .” I agree.

Watch as we discuss her influences, hip hop artists who have reached out to her to give her props, her mixtape, plus more… oh and she does a hot freestyle towards the end!

Props to Women in Hip Hop: Jayy Starr

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Giving Props to WOMEN in Hip Hop!

Women hip hop collageI’ve worked in the radio industry for about a decade now. That means I’ve studied music, talked about music, blogged about music, danced to music, argued about music, listened to SO much music, it’s obvious, I love music. And as you know, I’m a woman. Duh. So in my career journey, I’ve always wanted more for women! Often times, I’ve wondered, why aren’t there more women on our concert lineups? Why aren’t we airing more music from women on the radio station? Where are the women??? Truth of the matter is, they’re out there. Waiting to be heard. Waiting to be seen.

Well here’s where I come in.  I don’t see enough women in hip hop being recognized in their communities, on the charts, on radio, on television, you name it. Therefore, I’m going to start giving PROPS TO WOMEN IN HIP HOP.  I’m all about women empowerment and hip hop, so why not? I would love to showcase women who are serious about their craft, who are building and growing as a hip hop artist, and women who are WINNING in this male-dominated industry. I want to give YOU your props. I want to let you know in advance that I appreciate your efforts and contributions to hip hop. I see you!

I will share a post every Wednesday for #WCW (Women Crush Wednesday) and highlight a woman in hip hop.  I might post an interview with an artist or a woman who works behind the scenes, the latest news about an artist, unknown facts, a throwback video, etc. Stay tuned! And if you know of  a dope woman in this industry that I should highlight then let me know!

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Let’s get started with this video from a few dope MCs 🙂

“Do you understand the metaphoric phrase ‘LYTE as a rock?’ It’s explaining how heavy the young lady is.” ~ MC Lyte, Lyte As A Rock

 

 

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