July 2, 2013
For much of our history, creative writers had to hide behind a fake or pen name in order to get their work to be published. The reasons for this were more obvious a couple of centuries ago than there are now. Any time controversial work was submitted in a conservative society; it was shunned and even punished. Religious leaders were known for making attempts to stem off any sort of heresy or blasphemy against the powers that be, and when scientists or writer wanted to contest them they could not use their real identity. Women have also used pen names in order to get their books published, since male dominated societies were not about to have a woman write a best-selling book in the presence of a man.
Today, aliases are still used by the creative types, but it isn’t in fear of getting their head chopped off when a …
December 30, 2012
Who doesn’t love an artist in a mask? Masks are nothing new and I think there is a trend surrounding them. There are even artists out there who we only know by their mask or their logo. Deadmau5 is one that comes to mind the most – in fact, most of us wouldn’t even recognize his actual face if we saw him, but the mouse ears are something we can all relate to. Another artist who is known to don the mask is MF Doom. He does this so well that it’s rumored that he even has MF Doom doubles that make stage appearances for him when he doesn’t want to get out of bed.
Do DJs need to wear a mask? Probably not. Once you lose eye contact with your dance floor you’ve separated yourself from your constituents. Of course if you’re a mobile DJ who is trying to …
December 16, 2010
In my previous post, inspired by the realization that females in Hip-Hop are under credited, I introduced 5 amazing women who I considered to be in the TopTen of Atlanta’s most influential Women in Hip-Hop. Thank you for all the comments and feedback. Please keep it coming.
And so here now is the conclusion of my list of the 10 Women in Hip-Hop You Should Look Out for in 2011 & Beyond:
6.Taj Anwar-Jackson (Multi-tasker)
Taj Anwar is a model, community organizer, philanthropist, political motivator, Hip-Hop promoter, social commentator, mother & wife. She has worked with the FTP Movement, Mothers of Black/Brown Babies, and Crew Love. Anwar is known to speak on, and challenge the issues of the inner-city community such as police brutality, education and environmental justice. In addition, she is a part of the Think Conscious Collective and a member of the Atlanta Zulu nation chapter. Taj was …
December 1, 2010
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, …