Interviews

Muthoni Drummer Queen: “In Kenya, there’s not enough infrastructures for female rappers”

Last December, Muthoni Drummer Queen set the stage of the Transmusicales de Rennes on fire. After four albums, the Kenyan female rapper is getting ready for a summer tour and a new project that should be out by the end of the year. Before hitting the road again, the Nairobi-based artist told us about her … Continue reading “Muthoni Drummer Queen: “In Kenya, there’s not enough infrastructures for female rappers””

Lov’Nee : “Rap has become more and more popular in Martinique”

24-year-old West Indian female rapper Lov’Nee told us about her musical education, her influences and how she supports gender equality with her music.  Can you introduce yourself?  My name is Lov’Nee, I am 24 years old. I am West Indian, of a Guadeloupean father and a Martinican mother. I’m always in a sunny mood and … Continue reading “Lov’Nee : “Rap has become more and more popular in Martinique””

Yugen Blakrok: “It’s a conscious and continuous cycle of inspiration”

A leading figure of South African rap, Yugen Blakrok told us about her experience in hip hop, how she ended up on the Black Panther soundtrack and her second album Anima Mysterium that will be out on February 1st, 2019. When and how did you discover hip hop and start rapping? I discovered hip-hop through … Continue reading “Yugen Blakrok: “It’s a conscious and continuous cycle of inspiration””

Sara Hebe: “I am strengthening and expanding the feminist struggle”

Argentinian femcee Sara Hebe told us about political resistance, feminism and her fourth album our on February 2019.  When and how did you discover hip hop?  I discovered hip hop with The Beastie Boys and The Fugees when I was 13 years old, and with Argentinian artists like Attitude Maria Marta, a 90’s band with … Continue reading “Sara Hebe: “I am strengthening and expanding the feminist struggle””

Asha Griffith: “Without Black struggle, there would be no hip hop or jazz”

Madame Rap asked the American rapper and singer Asha Griffith to tell us about her experience in hip hop and jazz and her collaboration with The Wolphonics, a project founded by French saxophonist Fabrice Theuillon, who are going to release their album “The Bridge” on September 14.  How did you discover hip hop and jazz? … Continue reading “Asha Griffith: “Without Black struggle, there would be no hip hop or jazz””

Phyr: “I am sympathetic to all females”

How is the hip hop scene like in Queens today? The rap scene in Queens is just what it has always been, which is a high standard/caliber of rap. There have been various artists from the past and present that have risen out of Queens but overall New York has been killing the scene. From … Continue reading “Phyr: “I am sympathetic to all females””

Liza Monet: “I am a feminist”

Since the release of the “Monet Close” album in October 2013, the video for “My Best Plan” was seen more than 5,600,000 times on YouTube. How do you explain this success? It wasn’t really a success, but more a bad buzz. LOL. Curiosity, scandal and so on… Your hypersexualized image and your raw lyrics didn’t win … Continue reading “Liza Monet: “I am a feminist””

Valore: “I love the look on people’s faces when I tell them I’m a rapper”

On your Facebook page, you describe yourself as “a bright green cactus that brings color to a canvas of barren sand”. What does that mean? : ) It’s from a poem of mine, the rest of it is “come to me and find comfort, let’s feel the music and look at the stars. Let’s give … Continue reading “Valore: “I love the look on people’s faces when I tell them I’m a rapper””

Justina: “In Iran people think girls shouldn’t sing”

How and when did you discover hip hop? I have been in love with music since I was a child and used to sing a lot, but never thought I’d be a singer one day. I was familiar with American rap but discovered Persian rap when I was 16 with the Iranian underground hip hop … Continue reading “Justina: “In Iran people think girls shouldn’t sing””

Rell Rock: “As a woman you can do whatever you set your mind to without being viewed as a sex object”

How old were you when you discovered hip hop for the first time and what made you want to become a rapper? I actually grew up listening to it so basically all my life but the age where I were able to understand the true meaning I had to be around 12 maybe 13 but … Continue reading “Rell Rock: “As a woman you can do whatever you set your mind to without being viewed as a sex object””

Sianna: “No one is born a racist but they become one by not thinking by themselves”

Your first EP “Sianna” was released in March 2015. How did it go when you first met Warner Chappell and signed with them? I first met my two managers Mohand and Seven, who introduced me to Sandrice Runser, my publisher. We immediately got along and shared the same vision. She was Diam’s’ publisher and was looking … Continue reading “Sianna: “No one is born a racist but they become one by not thinking by themselves””

Niña Dioz: “Times are still hard for women in Mexico”

When and how did you decide to become a rapper? I had a childhood friend who also loved hip hop, we would listen to The Fugees and  TLC together when we were like 8 or 9 years old… I’ve dreaming to become a rapper ever since when I knew there were other females doing it. But when I … Continue reading “Niña Dioz: “Times are still hard for women in Mexico””

Fred Musa: “There is a problem of female representativeness in the whole society in general”

You’ve been hosting “Planete Rap” for nearly twenty years. How many female rappers did you have on your show? As a matter of fact, very little. Of course there was Diam’s, who brought about a revolution. I’d say she’s the best of all rappers, regardless of gender. More recently, there were people like Sianna or Ladea, but it’s true … Continue reading “Fred Musa: “There is a problem of female representativeness in the whole society in general””

ChaCha: “Hip hop is big in China but there are little female artists involved”

How did you become an artist? Did you receive any musical training when you were younger? I studied piano when I was young, not for a long time, but it helped me learn some basic knowledge of music. I had a rock band when I was in high school as a singer and a keyboard player. That’s … Continue reading “ChaCha: “Hip hop is big in China but there are little female artists involved””

FemiOne: “Why do people feel the need to call us ‘female rappers’?”

What made you want to become a rapper? When I was in primary school, I used to listen to Wenyeji and Necessary Noize , cram their verses and rap during breaks in school. My interest in rap started there and I realized I had it in me and I needed to pursue it. You say in your bio “I’m … Continue reading “FemiOne: “Why do people feel the need to call us ‘female rappers’?””

Gavlyn: “I’m taking my time and focusing on spreading the word”

What made you want to become a rapper?  What made me wanna become a rapper was definitely my love for music first of course and also the way I grew up. I stayed at home a lot watching my little brother so I listened to rap a lot and had a lot of time to … Continue reading “Gavlyn: “I’m taking my time and focusing on spreading the word””

Klutch Kollective: “The key to life’s opportunities is equality”

26-year-old singer/dancer/pianist/producer from Johannesburg Toya Delazy launches Klutch Kollective, the first all-female rap crew in South Africa. Whereas the artist has just been selected for the second and final round of the Midem Artist Accelerator taking place in Cannes at the beginning of June 2016, Klutch Kollective gave their first international interview to Madame Rap! … Continue reading “Klutch Kollective: “The key to life’s opportunities is equality””

Strange Froots: “Women need to know that they can do hip hop their own way”

Meet the Quebec rap band Strange Froots and the three Black and queer female rappers and singers: Mags (Senegalese-Ghanaian born in the US), Naïka Champaïgne (Quebec-Haitian) and SageS (Jamaican-Canadian). As the trio just released the video “The Wanderer”, they told us about the female rap scene in Montreal, how their identities impacts their music and … Continue reading “Strange Froots: “Women need to know that they can do hip hop their own way””

Lucy Camp: “My music is versatile”

San Jose rapper Lucy Camp told us about her first encounter with rap and her new hip hop new wave EP “Summer Camp”, released on the independent label Quintic Records.  When and how did you discover hip hop? Growing up my uncle would play a lot of rap music. I remember the first rap song … Continue reading “Lucy Camp: “My music is versatile””

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