New York rappers Nyemiah Supreme and Connie Diiamond told us about their collaboration as female artists and their EP Slick Talk dropping on March 31 in celebration of women’s international history month and women supporting women in hip hop.
How and when did you start rapping? did you two meet and start working together?
Nyemiah Supreme: I started rapping after being an assistant for Harlem rapper Juelz Santana. I was inspired from being around the music making and industry action. One day I booked my own studio session and it was history from there.
Connie Diiamond: I started Rapping when I was 14 but it originally started out as poetry. Later on, I started experimenting in high school, cutting class to attend different studio sessions.
How did you two meet and start working together?
NS: We were introduced to each other from Twitter. We have mutual rapper friends lol. I saw Connie rapping on a feature and I was instantly a fan !
Why did you decide to release Lights Camera Action for Women’s History Month?
NS: Women’s history month is a great time to make new history! Two New York women consistently teaming up and dropping fire records is the change that female hip hop needs!
More and more artists raise awareness about women’s invisibilization in music. Have you ever felt/do you feel left aside as women artists?
NS: I feel left aside if I’m not being ratchet and twerking in my thong, but I feel like as of lately women are running the game. We are more interesting and entertaining!
There are much fewer female collaborations than male in hip hop. How do you explain that?
NS: Women are scared to work together. Women have a history of being catty and fake and it can make you hesitate to put yourself out there and mingle with new women artists. Everyone is trying to protect their spot at the top. But if you’re secure in who you are, then you won’t have an issue.
What is the female hip hop scene like in NYC right now?
NS: I have no idea. I am a mother so in my free time I hit the studio. The scene is so widespread so there’s a newcomer scene, then I’ve been putting in work scene and the super star scene.
CD: The female hip hop scene is super mixy. A lot of people want to rap now because it’s the “cool” thing to do, but it doesn’t stop the listeners from noticing the ones who truly are in it for the art. It’s great to see females are taking over.
Who are your female role models?
NS: My mother is my role model. Always going to work to and getting the job done. No complaints just results!
CD: My favorite female role model is my mom as well, because my mom was the most artistic fearless person I have ever met. Most of my fashion knowledge is from her. Starting with my signature army fatigues which she absolutely loved.
Do you consider yourselves feminists?
NS: Yes, I’m always on women defense. Protecting and standing up against any unnecessary comments people like to make about us. If you come for one of us you come for us ALL.
CD: I define my own feminism by always making sure I make music for the females to listen and relate to – in a very bossy-like manner!
Are you working on other projects together? And solo?
NS: Yes, Connie and I have an EP dropping March 31st ‘Slick Talk’ and I’m working on an EP for the spring.
CD: I’m also working on an EP for the spring.
What do you think of Madame Rap? What should be changed or improved?
NS: Connie & I love Madame Rap. We need more websites and Instagram pages dedicated to the support of women artists!