Atlanta’s Indie Scene: 10 Women in Hip-Hop You Should Look Out for in 2011 & Beyond (Part 1of2)
I was doing some research on emceeing, rapping… you know the art of rhyming, and stumbled across a surprising fact: Females in Hip-Hop are truly hardly ever mentioned. As I noticed this, I began to wonder “Why?”. I mean, talents like Dj Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Frosty Freeze and Lee Quinones did have counterparts like Sha Rock, Lisa Lee, Lady Pink, Dj Spinderella and so on. So, I decided to take the time out to introduce you all to 10 of Atlanta’s most influential Women in Hip-Hop. This particular post will be broken down into 2 parts, consisting of 5 very versatile and diverse women per post. Enjoy!!!
1. StaHHr (Emcee/Crochet Designer)
StaHHr is a true powerhouse MC who was born in Memphis and raised in Atlanta. She has shared stages, ciphers, and/or studio time with the likes of Del, MF Doom, KRSONE, John Robinson, Lewis Parker, Luciano, Amiri Baraka, Paten Locke, Punchlyne, Homeboy Sandman, Boot Camp Clik, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Immortal Technique, J-Live, Pumpkinhead, Brother J (X-Clan), Poison Pen, C-rayz Walz, Cymarshall Law, One Be Lo, Company Flow, Micranots, Scienz of Life, NY OIL, Swollen Members, Dilated Peoples, mikeflo of the RBG Family, Prof. Griff, the 7th Octave Band, Methuzulah, and Aceyalone just to name a few. After stellar performances on MF DOOM’s “Mm Food” and “Born Like This”, King Geedorah‘s “Take Me to Your Leader” and the Micranots “Obelisk Movements”, she blessed the hip hop world her debut album “Almost Neva Was”, released by Beatvizion Music. “Mother Nature with a Molotov” is currently making a lot of noise with her debut video for the single “Still Dope”, produced by DOOM . In addition, StaHHr is a talented crochet artist, health enthusiast, member of the Universal Zulu Nation (Atlantis Chapter) and works closely with several community-based, grassroots organizations.
2. Ms. Dia (Promoter/Radio Personality)
Ms. Dia was born and raised in Detroit. Moving to Atlanta would only result in multi-faceted success & plenty of work for the Radio Personality, Poet, Event Planner, Promoter, and producer & host of “THE SHOW” on 89.3 fm WRFG-Atlanta. You can tune in to Ms. Dia on 89.3 fm WRFG-Atlanta & streaming at www.WRFG.org 3am-6am every Wednesday morning with ChicaGOrilla, DJ(s) C. Styles, Yogi, and Majestik alongside Earl Grey, Vino, Uncle Herm, DJ(s) Feel X, A-Cee, Kneckbone, Tiff and UB. Dia always has something in the works like her I LOVE RAP series of performance shows or her SNL (Sunday Night Live) shows at Cloud IX on Peters Street in the Castlebury District downtown Atlanta. Ms. Dia is only a few steps away from breaking Hip-Hop’s mold.
3. DJ Ghost (DJ / Event Planner)
DJ Ghost is from Providence, RI (birthplace) and later moved to Boston, then Baltimore County, and finally moved to Atlanta. She is the Program Director for www.DiRadiocast.com and host/creator of the Ladies Room on that same station. DIRadioCast.com is an Urban New Media Network which evolved from a single podcast show originally created as an air check. The network programs all explore various aspects of the vast urban culture embedded in the Hip-Hop sub-culture globally. The main objective of DIRadioCast is to pay homage to good music, give exposure to new and established talent, and develop a proactive audience that demands quality over quantity. Dj Ghost is the First Lady and one of 4 founding members of the versatile DJ Crew: The 5 Star Generals and is also a mother of 3 beautiful kids.
4. BOOG BROWN (EMCEE/POET)
Boog Brown is a Detroit native , who eventually decided to move to Atlanta for change. Boog is not just an emcee, but a poet and publisher as well. She released a mixtape, entitled “The Grind Season” in Early 2010 with tracks like The Essence, Dope Girl Magic and The Mirror, she collaborated with Hip-Hop artists and producers including Illastrate, Rita J, Aarophat, Apollo Brown, Invincible, Stahhr, Methuzulah, and 14KT, who describes her voice as “the illest.”
Recently, Brown’s classic track “The Essence” appeared on BET’s documentary “My Mic Sounds Nice”. Ms. Brown describes her debut album “Brown Study” (Mello Music Group), a collaborative project with Hip-Hop producer Apollo Brown, as the “most vulnerable” she has been musically. Boog has also just made the I-tunes best album list for 2010. Boog Brown is well on her way to endless success & much fame.
5.Poodie The Byz (Hip-Hop Songstress)
Poodie was born in Baltimore and raised partially there and Hempstead, NY (Long Island), where her grandmother took care of her from as early as two weeks old. Then basically moved back and forth to her parents in Baltimore when the school year began. She is heavily influence from both places, but between the 2 … always felt more at home in NY. At 11, her mom sent her to NY permanently. Now , living in an environment where she was heavily influenced by groups like like Earth, Wind, and Fire, Blue Magic, Rick James. Poodie marveled & studied all of these savvy soulful songs. In 1996 , Poodie visited Atlanta and then more frequently until 2005 when she finally moved to the “ATL”. Where she met Ness Lee & added harmonies to a track he recorded titled “Downstairs” and by the time his album “All In A Days Work” dropped, Poodie was added to 6 more songs to total of 7 recordings. 50+ features later she still give a lot of the credit to Ness Lee. Poodie always in the studio working on production from Lex Boogie of Broady Champs & the Beat Gods and working with writers like Adrift Da Belle and CoCo Jones. Poodie just recently recorded her first ever R&B song , which Adrift wrote called “Higher”. and has featured on tracks with phenom talents such as Jarren Benton, Sidestreet Ked, G.R.E.A.T. Scott, Boog Brown, Eternia, Methuzulah, Ness Lee, Point Game, Illastrate Productions and more. Stay tuned while this Hip-Hip/R&B diva sings her way into total success!