Interviews

Hyena: “To make the music I want to make, I have to be the person I want to be”

Born in La Paz, Bolivia, Hyena is a rapper, beatmaker and producer. She told us about her career, her … Continue reading “Hyena: “To make the music I want to make, I have to be the person I want to be””

Ana Tijoux: “I can’t conceive the separation between music and political commitment”

Icon of Spanish-speaking rap, Franco-Chilean MC Ana Tijoux is back with the album Vida, ten years after the release … Continue reading “Ana Tijoux: “I can’t conceive the separation between music and political commitment””

Masta Quba: “There has never been a hip hop without us women”

A reference on the Mexican feminist music scene, Masta Quba defines herself as an “MC and educator”. Active for … Continue reading “Masta Quba: “There has never been a hip hop without us women””

DDM: “In music, we never hear the working-class point of view”

Born in San Francisco, passing through Milan and now based in Berlin, rap duo Drowning Dog and Malatesta (DDM) … Continue reading “DDM: “In music, we never hear the working-class point of view””

Lapili: “The main obstacles I encounter have to do with my body and the fact that I am a woman”

A singer, rapper, stylist, designer, dancer and choreographer, Lapili hails from Ciudad Real, a Spanish town located about 120 … Continue reading “Lapili: “The main obstacles I encounter have to do with my body and the fact that I am a woman””

Zetas: “Our music comes from the street and its stories”

The female rap duo Zetas hail from the town of Salerno, Campania, on Italy’s southwest coast. Annarella and Miriade … Continue reading “Zetas: “Our music comes from the street and its stories””

Léo: “Homosexuality in rap is a huge taboo”

Léo, a 21-year-old independent artist from Metz, released his first rap single last July. The track, entitled “COBRA”, tackles … Continue reading “Léo: “Homosexuality in rap is a huge taboo””

K1za: “Fortunately, in Spain, female rappers stick together”

A rising talent on the current Spanish scene, K1za has been making music since she was a teenager. With … Continue reading “K1za: “Fortunately, in Spain, female rappers stick together””

Tkay Maidza: “It takes a lot to be heard by men”

Rapper, singer and songwriter Tkay Maidza was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, grew up in Adelaide, Australia, and now lives … Continue reading “Tkay Maidza: “It takes a lot to be heard by men””

DXVA: “I have always been questioning social conventions”

Born in Venezuela and based in Miami, DXVA feels “out of time”. After working in radio for twelve years, … Continue reading “DXVA: “I have always been questioning social conventions””

Drinu : “I chose not to censor myself or my sexuality”

A queer rapper from Poland, Drinu made a name for himself in 2021 with his first album PROJEKT GEJ … Continue reading “Drinu : “I chose not to censor myself or my sexuality””

Gonix: “I love the allegory between the music studio and the chemical laboratory”

A rapper, songwriter, producer and singer, Gonix comes from Gorzów Wielkopolski, in Western Poland, and is now based in … Continue reading “Gonix: “I love the allegory between the music studio and the chemical laboratory””

Salem Aya: “I never had a safe space to express my queerness or anyone to relate to”

Born and raised in Casablanca to an American mother and Moroccan father, Salem Aya is now based in New … Continue reading “Salem Aya: “I never had a safe space to express my queerness or anyone to relate to””

Jnnrhndrxx: “I create visibility for socially critical issues like racism or transphobia”

As a German rapper/actor/writer/model/and influencer, Jnnrhndrxx (pronounce Jenner Hendrix) has more than one string to her bow. The Berlin-based … Continue reading “Jnnrhndrxx: “I create visibility for socially critical issues like racism or transphobia””

Sara ATH: “Music is part of my political activity”

Born in Athens, Greek-Egyptian rapper Sara ATH also lived in Cairo before moving to Berlin two years ago. The … Continue reading “Sara ATH: “Music is part of my political activity””

COMA-CHI: “I created my own label to keep expressing myself”

Tokyo-based rapper/singer COMA-CHI became in 2005 the first female finalist in one of the biggest MC battles in Japan. … Continue reading “COMA-CHI: “I created my own label to keep expressing myself””

Spoke : “Until I found my own queer circles, I felt like an alien”

As a non-binary producer, beatmaker and studio engineer, Spoke has been active on the Berlin queer rap scenes for … Continue reading “Spoke : “Until I found my own queer circles, I felt like an alien””

Finna: “Being soft and brave is one of my trademarks”

Queer feminist rapper, singer and producer Finna is signed to the German indie-label Audiolith Records, who gathers antifascist musicians … Continue reading “Finna: “Being soft and brave is one of my trademarks””

Quebrada Queer: “Queer means the destruction of an old-fashioned and standard model”

Hailing from the periphery of São Paulo, Brazilian group Quebrada Queer was founded in June 2018. Between art and … Continue reading “Quebrada Queer: “Queer means the destruction of an old-fashioned and standard model””

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