Monday, January 24, 2011


The Hip Hop World is a lot like the Civil Rights Movement. I say that because, while the men received much of the credit for leading the movement, it was the women who had the responsibility to be the support system for these men and be able to act as a stabilizing agent for the movement. The women of hip hop are in a very similar position. While hip hop has always seen its share of female MC’s who achieved success, some might suggest that the female MC is just “eye candy” and can’t hold their own against their male counterparts. Well, I would like to serve notice to those of you that subscribe this way of thinking, “The Ladies are here!” One listen to Fem Mic Wreckers Vol. I, hosted by A.D. the General and DJ Papa Bear, and you’ll realize that these ladies are screaming to the world of hip hop that they are on the way!

If you believe in lyrical content over some of the “created” stars that are in hip hop right now, you won’t be disappointed when listening to this offering by all female MC’s. These ladies bring all they have to the table from the first track until the very last one. Featuring only female MC’s from across the country, the tracks run the gamut from the songs for “streets” ,(“Countdown” by Abyss, “Slave 2 My Rhyme Book” by Deena Jones, “Beef” by Tania the Angel, “We Don’t Care” by former Da Band member, Babs Bunny, and “All Out Warfare” by Toni Steelz) to the introspective ( “Success” by Quintescence, “U Don’t Know” by Dejha B., and “Who Is She?” by Cess Wonder), even some club bangers ( “Fast Pace” by Baby Sharn, “We On It” by SIYA, “Earthquake” by SYNSAYSHUN, “Put Me On” by MsFefe f/ MalaReignz and Leela, “Like Me Know” by Amanda The Dutchess and “Whats Good?” by Staxx Cordero), as well as some of HARDEST freestyles ( “Triumph” by Farrah Burns, “MF GO HEAD” by A.D. the General, “Zoo in the Jungle” by Hedonis da Amazon), you will hear on ANYTHING mixtape out now! Finally, if you think females can’t be hip hop storytellers, I invite you to listen to “GO” by 4 EVA, “I Love My Man” by Vonna Jewelz, “Who Am I” by Lady Tee, “Scream Trinity” by Goddess Tori MC, and “I Ain’t A Rapper” by Atlas, “The Art of Storytelling” wasn’t lost on these lyrical Olympians.

Overall, the Fem Mic Wreckers Volume 1 is an overall solid product for anyone who loves hip hop. Regardless of gender, any fan would enjoy the solid production, lyrical wizardry exhibited by these ladies, and the solid beats and thought provoking commentary given to you by these females. The ladies are ready to “Kick in the Door”, I’m not going to say I told you so…..they will not be denied any longer.



Saturday, January 22, 2011

E.H.M.P JAN 19 2011 Starts with a Bang!!!!!!!!

To quote Sanaa Lathan from Brown Sugar,"When did you fall in love with hip hop?" If you are anything like me, you fell in love with hip hop as soon as you came out of the womb. Hip hop has evolved mightily since its early days, thanks to the internet, blogs, and file sharing services. However, for all of its new found innovations, its still up to the artist to build a fan base, create good music, and know how to control the stage. These facets of hip hop will never change. This is where the Elegant Hoodness Musical Program comes in. These monthly showcases give unsigned artists from across the country the opportunity to premiere new music, network with other artists, be critiqued by industry professionals, as well as win thousands of dollars in media prizes and much need exposure to a broader audience.

The first Elegant Hoodness Musical Program Showcase of 2011 DID NOT DISAPPOINT! Hosted by the CEO of the company, AD the General, the show began with an explanation of who she was ( for those that didn't know her), followed by an overview of the rules, then a quick introduction of the judges,and then it was SHOWTIME!!! The energy from the performances rivaled that of some of their "major label" industry counterparts! All of the artists who competed brought their "A" game, as they all did their best to show the crowd and the judges they deserved to be one of the top artists of the night! (Shout out to EdotA,Feva,SROCK, NellzdaRockStar,Arsiney, Young Money Dre and all those that competed) To make the evening even more special, previous winners were invited back to perform and give the competitors a glimpse of how high the bar has been set, by the past winners.

These performers, led by AD the General and her partner, Gifted, who make up the rap duo, N.A.N., showed the competitors as well as the crowd what happens when you continue to grind and put your best foot forward at all times. A special shout out goes to Camay, Lord Vital, Dre Nathan, DJ Styles, DJ Ace of Spades, Logan, R3, Ques, and Pyro) Here's some friendly advice, if you are looking to get a "hip hop" revival, join A.D. the General, the Elegant Hoodness Musical Program, and her team, N.A.B./N.A.N. at Club Pyramid (NYC) every month to network, enjoy good music, laughs, and the feeling that made you love hip hop in the first place.