Why would I read a book entitled, Record Collecting for Girls?
Because Record Collecting is for Everybody!
Just like feminism.
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.
Welcome to our 5th Annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular.
5 hours of radio shining a spotlight on hip-hop’s better half.
We do this every single year on International Women’s Day to celebrate the female voices we have in hip-hop music and culture.
This year’s show featured some mixsets by yours truly, a radio panel discussion featuring Haviah Mighty, Skulastic, and Tiff the Gift, a Know Your History segment on the very first year rap music was recorded, interviews with Skulastic and Miss.She.Ill, and a special mixset by DJ Syductive.
Each segment is available as a free download or you can stream it with the player above.
Welcome 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.
Here is an hour-long mix focusing completely on hip-hop’s better half as we continue celebrating International Women’s Day with our 4th Annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular.
Press play and enjoy the tunes!
Dynasty – Magnificent E-Turn – Manifest Tre-L – Broken Lasy ASG – Hip-Heart-Hop Shay D – A Year in My Thoughts Marco Polo / Rah Digga – Earings Off EVG Rebel – S.H.E. (Strongest Human Ever) Eternia – Final Offering Muma Doesa – What the Guys Do PG and Talent Major – You Can Do It Too Marco Polo / Invincible – Drunken Sleuth Miss.She.Ill – Don’t Play Reverie – 1 is the Loneliness Number Intelligenz – Running Sonaya – Damaged Goods Kadyelle / Ozi Battla – Ten Steps Wyz Kit – Tres Manifique (instrumental)
Welcome 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.