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Celebrate International Women’s Day With WIHH6

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International Women’s Day is Tuesday March 8th.

We are marking this special occasion with 7 hours of radio content focusing on the Women in Hip-Hop. It gets underway starting at midnight tonight on 94.9 CHRW.

It’s our 6th Annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular and we have an exciting line-up of artist interviews, guest DJs, a round table panel discussion, a spotlight on female rap history, and much more.

We will also be podcasting a different segment of the show every day this week.

Listen to Word is Bond Rap Radio

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Hashtag #WIBRapRadio , #WIHH6 , and IWD2016

Thanks for listening and interacting with us!

 

Women in Hip-Hop 6 TONIGHT!

WIHH 6We are celebrating International Women’s Day in a big way tonight.

It’s our 6th Annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular. 

An entire overnight of radio programming dedicated to hip-hop’s better half.

We have all sorts of great content lined up for you tonight.

We have an exclusive interview with the one and only, Michie Mee. She was the first rap artist out of Canada, the first one to get a record deal, and a true pioneer of the form.

We also have interviews with Eternia, Adria Kain, Keep Rocking You, DJ Mel Boogie, and Tre-L.

We have an amazing guest DJ that will be spinning female-fronted hip-hop as well, DJ T-jr. 

We have a spotlight on the second year rap music was recorded and all of the female voices you could hear that year. Throwing it back to 1980 with this special edition of Know Your History. 

And of course, we have a roundtable discussion featuring some very talented women; Jae the Lyoness, Chris Jay, and DJ T-jr. 

You won’t want to miss this!

LISTEN LIVE – Midnight through 7am EST TONIGHT on CFMU 93.3 fm in Hamilton.

  • On your radio dial in the Hamilton, Ontario area 93.3 FM
  • with the Tune In App
  • with the CFMU online stream
  • by phone, just dial 716-274-2506 and listen to the show LIVE or ON DEMAND
  • and you can find CFMU on select digital cable providers as well

and share online using the hashtags #WIHH6 , #IWD , and #IWD2016

Thank you for listening, sharing, and interacting!

All Women’s Voices Day 2015

All Women's Voices Day 2015All Women’s Voices Day is an annual event for 94.9 CHRW.

For 24 hours, all of the programming on our station is done by women. We do this to recognize The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

This year’s broadcast starts off with two hours of hip-hop radio hosted by female talent. There are documentaries, panel discussions, and a lot more to look forward to.

I contributed a half hour show for the cause as well. It’s a throwback interview that my daughter did with Eternia about five years ago.

Eternia looks back at the interview and recounts her experience as a rapper and a women in an industry that is dominated by men. She also spins some of her latest material.

It is a great special and runs at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow. I hope you will tune in at some point on Sunday for All Women’s Voice Day on 94.9 CHRW.

Record Collecting for EVERYONE!

Record Collecting for Girls

Record Collecting for Girls by Courtney E. Smith

Why would I read a book entitled, Record Collecting for Girls?

Because Record Collecting is for Everybody!

Just like feminism.

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Both of these are great books and while the former isn’t necessarily about feminism, it does touch on some major issues. Courtney E. Smith explains . . .

“I felt it was important to make each week’s show a 50/50 split of male and female artists, and I was amazed by how difficult it was to achieve gender balance.”

I know that struggle all too well. I want Word is Bond Rap Radio to feature female voices on it regularly. I do my best to play at least one female track an episode, and every International Women’s Day is dedicated to the Women in Hip-Hop. But maybe, that’s not enough.

Smith talks about how many of the female popular musicians seem to fall into the same category. For some reason, they all take the same lane. It doesn’t make a lot of sense. She sums it up like this . . .

“I don’t want another Rihanna. I want to know this: Where’s the female equivalent of the Foo Fighters?”

Great question. And there is no easy answer to it. We’ve had only had a handful of female rap groups that have many any sort of noise. There is one group on the horizon now, Heresy. I hope they bring back a resurgence of female rap groups. We need this voice in hip-hop.

I enjoyed reading Record Collecting for Girls and will be writing more posts about it soon. I want to look at how Smith explores soundtracks, Top 5 lists, guilty pleasures, and break-up songs.

Keep it locked to this blog for more.

My List of 2015 Reads – 40 books and counting

WIHH5 – Celebrating International Women’s Day on the Radio

WIHH5 WIBTonight, we celebrate International Women’s Day with a special 6 hour broadcast of Word is Bond Rap Radio

This is always my favourite episode of the year. I hope you enjoy it too!

It all gets started at 10:00 p.m. on 94.9 CHRW. That is an early start for the program so please take note.

We start off with a 30 minute music mix like we always do, then we have a roundtable discussion with three talented female MCs.

After that, DJ Syductive blesses us with a special mixset. And then I deliver an hour-long edition of Know Your History looking at all of the female voices we had in the very first year rap music was recorded.

We then close off the show with one more music mix, an interview with Miss.She.Ill, and a spotlight on Skulastic.

LISTEN LIVE from 10:00 p.m. straight through to 4:00 a.m.

  • 94.9 CHRW on your radio dial in London, Ontario, Canada
  • CHRW webstream
  • TuneIn App on your browser of Smartphone
  • Rogers Cable Digital Channel 943

Enjoy the show!

5th Annual Women in Hip-Hop Special TONIGHT

WIHH5Today is International Women’s Day and we are going to celebrate it with a special edition of the radio show TONIGHT.

Tune in to DOPEfm at 12:00 midnight EST straight through to 7:00 a.m. in the morning as we shine a spotlight on hip-hop’s better half.

It’s an all-female edition of the show tonight featuring . . .

1) A mixset of dope female rappers
2) A roundtable panel featuring Skulastic, Haviah Mighty, and Tiff the Gift
3) A mixset by DJ Syductive (a female DJ)
4) Miss.She.Ill interview
5) Know Your History: Women in Hip-Hop Year 1, exploring all the female MCs that released music in 1979
6) Skulastic In Her Own Words

LISTEN LIVE TONIGHT at 12:00 Midnight EST

And if you miss it tonight, you can tune in MONDAY at the same time to Word is Bond Rap Radio

  • 94.9 CHRW on your radio dial in London, Ontario, Canada
  • CHRW webstream
  • TuneIn App on your browser of Smartphone
  • Rogers Cable Digital Channel 943

This is our 5th Annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular. We hope you enjoy the show as much as we enjoy bringing it to you.

WIHH4: Hip-Hop and Motherhood

WIHH4 logo KYHWelcome to Know Your History, your monthly dose of hip-hop knowledge.

Today’s show is part of our 4th Annual Women in Hip-Hop Special. We celebrated International Women’s Day this year with over 7 hours of content dedicated to hip-hop’s better half.

In this hour of radio, we look closely at motherhood.

We talk to some emcees who are mothers. We discuss the sacrifices mothers sometimes have to make, the difficulties in touring with a young family, and we even talk about abortion. It’s an in-depth exploration of motherhood in hip-hop music and culture.

Featured on the show are Amy Kickz, Dessa, Eternia, Michie Mee, Money Stax, and music from Shad, 2Pac, and Kanye West.

Download the podcast for free or stream it with the player below.

WIHH4: Women in Hip-Hop Roundtable Discussion

WIHH RoundtableWelcome back to the 4th Annual Women in Hip-Hop Radio Spectacular.

Make sure you tune in to Silent Cacophony every day this week to catch all of the different segments from #WIHH4. Right now, we have an incredible discussion with a panel of hip-hop experts.

Our Panel Today

E-Turn is an emcee from Orlando, Florida.

Dessa is a emcee / singer / producer from Minneapolis and is part of Doomtree.

Reverie is an emcee from Los Angeles, California.

Lo-Do is a hip-hop journalist, CEO of Ashy to Jazzy Productions, and a drummer.

Highlights of our discussion

Here are some of the highlights of our discussion

00:00 – Introductions

02:30 – Do you identify yourself as a feminist?

05:30 – Roadblocks of being a female in a male-dominated art-form

11:00 – Gender roles in society

13:55 – Systematic degradation

16:50 – “Hip-Hop is not a positive environment for a young woman”

18:50 – Songwriting

20:00 – The term “Femcee”

30:00 – Music from E-turn “Come Close”

35:00 – Images of women

42:00 – How we got into hip-hop

49:10 – Paying dues

54:42 – Counting Bars

60:00 – Music from Reverie “Locks Without Keys”

63:00 – Top 20 Rappers (Lists are often devoid of female artists)

72:00 – Homophobic lyrics

74:38 – Lyrically Challenged Collective

77:25 – Women in other elements of hip-hop

80:00 – Final thoughts from the panelists

86:26 – Music from Dessa “Fighting Fish”

Download WIHH4 Roundtable Discussion or stream it with the player below.

 

Thanks for tuning in!

See you tomorrow for another installment on #WIHH4

WIHH4: Celebrating International Women’s Day – Hip-Hop Style

WIHH4 podcastWelcome to a very special edition of DOPEfm. For our seven hours of programming tonight we are shining a spotlight on the Women in Hip-Hop.

We are celebrating International Women’s Day like we do every single year. This is our 4th annual show and we have a lot of great content coming your way.

We have a roundtable discussion with Reverie, LoDo, E-Turn, and Dessa. It was an incredible discussion. You won’t want to miss it.

We have a spotlight with Rapsody. We talk to her and play some of her amazing music. We are going to have Dessa back on the program a little but later to do a spotlight on her as well.

We sit down with Shay D, all the way from the UK, for an in-depth interview. We play her music and talk about her work with Lyrically Challenged.

We have a guest DJ who will be dropping some old school classic hip-hop. It’s absolutely incredible what she does on the wheels of steel. Her name is Miss DJ and she is all the way from Sweden.

We have a Know Your History episode focusing on motherhood in hip-hop. We talk to some mothers who are also emcees about how they balance a rap career and a family. We will discuss some of the issues around touring and how difficult that can be when you have a family. It’s a thought-provoking hour of radio, that’s for sure.

I drop an hour-long mix of female-only hip-hop as well.

This is our 4th Annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular. It grew out of a little seed of an idea about five years ago when I talked to Shad. I talked to him a few months back and this is what went down on that interview.

Chase: “You inspired me in a way that you probably wouldn’t even believe. Your track ‘Keep Shining’ and then talking to Eternia. Those two things gelled in my mind and set me on the path to feminism, believe it or not. That’s how our International Women’s Day show started and it’s become a yearly tradition now.”

Shad: “That’s awesome!”

Chase: “Keep Shining is an amazing track because quite often in rap we don’t see or hear women portrayed in such a positive light. It really is a shame too. We have some great talent and we have some great female talent. And sometimes that doesn’t get heard.”

That’s what this show is all about – exposing the talent in hip-hop’s better half.

Press play or Download WIHH 4 – Part A

This is the first of 8 parts. Remember to come back tomorrow to get the next installment of this groundbreaking radio program.

Thanks for listening!

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Women in Hip-Hop 4 Radio Special

Today is International Women’s Day!

Women in Hip-Hop 4

Help us celebrate by joining us on the radio.

We have over 7 hours of excellent programming for you starting at 12:00 midnight. And all of it, is dedicated to the Women in Hip-Hop.

This is our 4th annual show celebrating International Women’s Day and we have a lot of great female talent that we will be featuring, including . . .

Amy Kickz, Dessa, Dynasty, Eternia, E-turn, EVG Rebel, Intelligenz, Invincible, Kadyelle, Lady ASG, LoDo, Madd Mary, Miss DJ, Miss.She.Ill, Money Stax, Muma Doesa, Nilla, PG and Talent Major, Paulette and Tanya Winley, Purly Wyte, Rah Digga, Rapsody, Reverie, Shay D, Sonyae, Tre-L, and Vicious Cycle

Here is the line-up for tonight’s show . . .

1) Celebrating International Women’s Day – Hip-Hop Style
2) Roundtable Discussion (with Dessa, E-Turn, Lodo, and Reverie)
3) Miss DJ (interview and guest mix-set)
4) Shay D (in-depth interview)
5) Mixset (Chase March spins female-fronted hip-hop tunes)
6) Dessa (a spotlight with music and talk)
7) Know Your History Special (an exploration of motherhood in hip-hop)
8) Rapsody (a spotlight with music and talk)

Tune in live starting at 12:00 midnight on 93.3 CFMU on your radio dial if you live in the Hamilton, Ontario, Canada area. If not, don’t fret, you can stream the show live from the CFMU website. 

You can also tune is in on your phone via AudioNow. Simply dial 1-716-274-2507 (Niagara Falls / New York) and you will hear us live. You can also hear past shows with this number.

I hope you will join us to celebrate International Women’s Day on the radio with over seven hours of great hop-hop music and talk!

I will be live in the studio and would love to hear from you. Give us a call from midnight to 2:00 a.m. at (905) 528-9888.

Women in Hip-Hop 3 Mixset

This weekend, we celebrated International Women’s Day by dedicating our entire night’s worth of programming on DOPEfm to the Women in Hip-Hop.

It was our 3rd Annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular and it was a lot of fun delivering great content to you all night long.

This is the mixset that kicked off the show this year and it features a great line-up of female emcees.

You can download this underground hip-hop mix for free or stream it with the player below.

Red Shaydez – Give Me More
L’il London – Pecolating
Signif – Make Moves
The Reminders – Recollect
J-Sass – Whisper
Akua-Naru – Listening
Kelly Maize – 2012
Kadyelle – A Good Life
Apani B Fly ft. Jean Grae – Epidemic
Gavlyn – Survive
Dutch Rebelle – Sunday Morning
Tiff the Gift – Dear You
Harmony Muzik – Raise Hell
Lyric Jones ft. Phene – Reasons Why
Nina B ft. Torae – No Regrets
Tiye Pheonix – 48 Bars of Progression
Bahamadia – Do What I Believe

Enjoy the tunes!

If you cannot see the audio controls, listen/download the audio file here

Celebrating International Women’s Day – Women in Hip-Hop 3

Beautiful poster done by one of my students

DOPEfm celebrates International Women’s Day every year by dedicating the entire overnight program to the Women in Hip-Hop. This year marks the third annual special presentation.

For this year’s show I have produced two hours of Know Your History detailing the important moments in female-fronted hip-hop from 1912 all the way up to 2013.

We have a female deejay, L’oqenz, providing us with a dope hour of music and we talk to her about her craft.

I spin an hours worth of music where every single track is by a female emcee.

We also have a roundtable discussion with some very talented artists including Miss.She.Ill, K from Class of 93, Dominique Larue, and Ash Knuckles.

I also talk to a graduate student about the issues surrounding women in hip-hop culture.

We get everything started at 12:00 midnight and run straight through to 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

There are some great voices in hip-hop music and culture. We need to recognize and celebrate them every day, but especially once a year on International Women’s Day.

If you missed the last two years of our special programming, don’t worry. You can download them for free anytime you like.

Women in Hip-Hop I (2011)
Women in Hip-Hop II (2012)

Please tune in live this Saturday night to hear our third annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular.

Celebrating International Women’s Day on DOPEfm and Silent Cacophony.

DOPEfm’s International Women’s Day Spectacular TONIGHT

Tune in live TONIGHT starting at 12:00 midnight to hear DOPEfm’s annual International Women’s Day Tribute show.

We dedicate all 7 hours of our programming to the Women in Hip-Hop.

This year’s show is even bigger and better than last years.

You will hear some great mixsets from myself and from Gamma Krush where every single track we play will have been blessed by a woman. Either on the microphone, from the behind the turntables, or on the production tip.

We also have a very special round table discussion with 3 dope female MCs; Nilla, Lady A.S.G., and Kool Krys, and a hip-hop promotor, Our Sis Sam.

We will sit down and talk to Money Stax and play some of her great music. We also have an exclusive interview with DJ Betti Forde.

And, if that weren’t enough, we also have a special edition of Know Your History focusing on the first lady of Canadian hip-hop, Michie Mee.

I hope you will tune in live tonight wherever you are. There are several ways you can listen tonight.

  • Tune your radio dial to 93.3 fm if you live in the Hamilton, Ontario, Canada area.
  • Catch us online
  • Live radio by phone 1-704-772-7627. Station ID is 10042
  • Cogeco Cable Digital Channel 288 (Ontario)
  • Shaw Cable Radio 93.9 FM (Ontario)

Buzz and Praise (It is Time to Redefine Masculinity)

I hope you had the chance to read my latest article over at The Word is Bond.

It’s entitled “RE: DEFinition: Changing our Perception of Masculinity”

It’s generated a little buzz and I’d like to share some if it here.

They called my post “genius,”

and Mariel Richards LOVED my article on the Word is Bond site.

She then wrote a post on her blog, Mariel’s Fresh Start, about it.

She called it “a breath of fresh air”

and she also said that “the writing and message behind the article is amazing.”

“One of my favourite quotes from her pieces is Hip Hop music is wonderful, I love it, but anytime I pay enough attention to the lyrics, or I’m unlucky enough to catch a video, it does upset me. Why must this genre of music in particular be so unbelievably offensive? The link between hip hop and the black community in particular is seriously undermining the black feminist movement, but articles like this are helping to change that.”

She then ends her post with “SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS WONDERFUL ARTICLE”

I agree with her criticism about the article as well. She doesn’t like the use of “our women” in it.

I have to point out here that the only time I used the phrase “our women” was in a direct quote. Mariel is absolutely right when she says, “if you’re trying to break the problem of women being seen as the sexual property of men, don’t use possessives”

We have a long way to go in hip-hop music and in the feminism movement. A lot of people probably don’t think so. We don’t often think of these issues within our music and culture. I’m glad we’ve had this discussion and that it has sparked a few posts, Tweets, or reblogs as well.

Thanks for the support. I really appreciate it!