Interviews

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””

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””

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