Interviews

M¥SS KETA: “RAP LANGUAGE IS THE MOST SUITABLE FOR WHAT I AIM TO SAY”

No one knows her face. A real icon in Italy, Milanese masked rapper M¥SS KETA (who always writes in caps lock) told us about her career in hip hop and her extravagant queer music, that mixes electro, punk, trap and pop.  How and when were you introduced to hip hop? IT WAS IN THE LATE … Continue reading “M¥SS KETA: “RAP LANGUAGE IS THE MOST SUITABLE FOR WHAT I AIM TO SAY””

Danielle Swagger: “Without women, the world cannot go forward”

Born and raised in Gaborone, Botswana, Danielle Swagger started rapping in 2012. Now based in La Reunion Island, the artist told us about her experience in hip hop, her projects and the construction of her musical identity.  How and when were you introduced to hip hop? I was introduced to hip hop through the likes … Continue reading “Danielle Swagger: “Without women, the world cannot go forward””

Hawa: “My sexuality is not what defines me as a person”

Born in Berlin, Hawa grew up in France and Africa. Now based in NYC, the 19-year-old rapper told us about her evolution in hip hop and her new EP The One.  How and when were you introduced to hip hop culture? I was introduced at a very young age. I would probably say around 3 … Continue reading “Hawa: “My sexuality is not what defines me as a person””

Naya Ali: “I feel like I waited an eternity to be reborn”

Ethiopian-born and Montreal-raised rapper Naya Ali burst onto the scene in 2017 with her debut single Ra Ra. She told us about her new EP Godspeed: Baptism (Prelude), which announces an album of the same name, her influences and her musical universe.  When and how were you introduced to hip hop? Growing up what would … Continue reading “Naya Ali: “I feel like I waited an eternity to be reborn””

IRA: “We make noise with principles”

Based in Madrid, the female rap group IRA gathers four friends and feminist/antiracist activists. Raissa, Medea, Sátira et Elvirus told us about their new album El Duelo and their feminist fight through hip hop.  When and how did you discover hip hop? We’ve been listening to all types of music since we were young. We … Continue reading “IRA: “We make noise with principles””

Tina Mweni: “Hip hop breaks discrimination”

Born in Kenya, rapper/singer/poet/dancer and choreographer Tina Mweni immigrated to Denmark, where she made herself known in 2010 with the TV show Denmark’s Got Talent. Now based in Marseille, France, the artist told us about her vision of hip hop and her inspirations.  When and how did you discover hip hop? In the 90’s when … Continue reading “Tina Mweni: “Hip hop breaks discrimination””

Nyemiah Supreme & Connie Diiamond: “It’s great to see females are taking over”

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 … Continue reading “Nyemiah Supreme & Connie Diiamond: “It’s great to see females are taking over””

Zebra Katz : “Hip hop is a form of storytelling for the oppressed”

March 2012, Paris Fashion Week. For the soundtrack of his show, American fashion designer Rick Owens chooses the track Ima Read by a young New York rapper called Zebra Katz. The song gains instant success and the fashion world becomes infatuated with the artist’s queer and dark esthetics. As American rappers Azealia Banks and Angel … Continue reading “Zebra Katz : “Hip hop is a form of storytelling for the oppressed””

Haviah Mighty: “I want to continue to grow as an artist and a human”

Toronto-based rapper Haviah Mighy told us about her solo career, her experience with female rap trio The Sorority and how it is like to be a female producer today. How did you discover hip hop and how did you start rapping? In my early teens through radio, TV and high school. I think I just … Continue reading “Haviah Mighty: “I want to continue to grow as an artist and a human””

Paigey Cakey: “It’s a lot harder for women to get noticed”

As she just released the single An I Oop, UK rapper Paigey Cakey told us about her new mixtape that will be out in 2020, her acting career and the importance of supporting other female rappers. How were you introduced to hip hop and what made you want to become a rapper? I grew up … Continue reading “Paigey Cakey: “It’s a lot harder for women to get noticed””

Ettijah: “We rap about the daily challenges we have to face”

Ettijah is the first female Palestinian rap band based in a refugee camp. Founded in 2013, the trio composed of Dalya Ramadan, 18, Nadeen Odeh, 17, and Diala Shaheen, 16, lives in Dheisheh, a camp located just south of Bethlehem and administrated by the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). The … Continue reading “Ettijah: “We rap about the daily challenges we have to face””

Dai Burger: “Being queer means being honest about who you are”

Queens rapper Dai Burger told us about her experience in hip hop, her second album that will be out on December 6 and what being queer means to her.  How and when did you discover hip hop and what made you want to become a rapper?  As an only child growing up in Queens NY, I … Continue reading “Dai Burger: “Being queer means being honest about who you are””

Raja Meziane: “I don’t like to put a label on my commitments”

Raja Meziane is an Algerian songwriter, singer, rapper and lawyer. As she has been listed as one of the BBC’s 100 most influential women of the year, the Prague-based-artist told us about her activism and the reasons of her exile. How did you discover hip hop and how did you start to rap? I didn’t … Continue reading “Raja Meziane: “I don’t like to put a label on my commitments””

Dope Saint Jude: “I have always wanted to define my own idea of beauty”

Ten days before her concert at Les Cuizines in Chelles, queer South African rapper Dope Saint Jude told us about her former drag king character, resilience and the women who inspire her.   How and when did you discover hip hop? I discovered hip hop as a child much like many other people. My interest … Continue reading “Dope Saint Jude: “I have always wanted to define my own idea of beauty””

Sarahmée: “I try to challenge the stereotypes I live as a Black woman in rap”

Born in Dakar and based in Montreal, Sarahmée has been active for over ten years on the Quebec hip hop scene. The rapper told us about her second album Irréversible, her writing process, women in rap and feminism.   How and when did you discover hip hop? I discovered hip hop through my cousin, when … Continue reading “Sarahmée: “I try to challenge the stereotypes I live as a Black woman in rap””

Tribade: “We relate to autonomous feminism”

They’re called Bittah, Sombra Alor and Masiva Lulla. Along with DJ Big Mark, they form the Barcelona rap group Tribade, founded in 2017. The three queer feminist rappers told us about the birth of their trio, their album Las Desheredadas released last February and autonomous feminism. When and how did you discover hip hop? We … Continue reading “Tribade: “We relate to autonomous feminism””

Somos Guerreras: “If you want equal rights, you have to fight all the oppressions”

For their European tour, feminist rap trio Somos Guerreras made a stop in Paris for two concerts. Before their show tonight at 9PM at Le 6b in Saint-Denis, Nakury (Costa Rica), Rebeca Lane (Guatemala) and Audry Funk (Mexico) told Madame Rap about their collective and solo projects, their views on feminism and what being women … Continue reading “Somos Guerreras: “If you want equal rights, you have to fight all the oppressions””

ENERGIA : “Romanian women are starting to find their voices”

As she performed in Paris at a show organized by Call Me Femcee, Madame Rap met Romanian femcee ENERGIA, also a member of the crew MUZE, who told us about her experience as a rapper in Romania, her collaborations and motivations. Where does the name “ENERGIA” come from? ENERGIA is a pun with my real name, … Continue reading “ENERGIA : “Romanian women are starting to find their voices””

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””

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