Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Why is it that when female rappers or females period make their way up someone some where always has to say shit like this, "she had to have given superior dome or some nookie to have gotten where she is". Now I just got off AllHipHip.com from checking out Diva Speak TV. After watching the show again (I watched it twice ) I read the comments. What do you know, it just had to be some ignorance and hateration. Also, this isn't the first time that I've read ignorant comments made towards Amanda Diva.There were some ignorant comments implying the same thing before I think on Youtube.Now I DO NOT know Deev personally but, I seriously doubt that she screwed anybody to get where she's gotten. First off if you didn't know when she was younger she was an actress on My Brother and Me. I know damn well she wasn't screwing anybody way back then as a child. Because of her having that experience on My Brother and Me I'm quite sure that got her some type of recognition. Also, Deev has a Masters Degree. So she doesn't necessarily need to screw anybody. She's paid her dues as far as education. Also, she's an independent artist and she's released both of her EPs independently.I'm quite sure if she did decide to screw somebody for some leeway her shit would be much more widely distributed!To whoever decided to leave the ignorant comments that they left how about thinking before you type. Use a little bit of common sense......When I see ignorant comments like those it really pisses me off. Especially when if the haters really thought about it and used common sense they'd see that what they're implying really isn't even needed.I know that pussy is power but, WOMEN CAN GET SHIT ON THEIR OWN MERIT WITHOUT FUCKING SOMEONE! IF YOU REALLY LOOK AT IT FOR WHAT IT IS IF A FEMALE DID FUCK SOMEONE TO GET SOME WHERE THEY DID PUT IN WORK!
Also let’s flip the coin a little bit. How come you never hear anyone say that a man had sex with someone to get some where? I know that happens. There are plenty of men out here who play someone’s “boy toy” to move up. Nobody ever throws sex out as reason that a man has moved up. The inequality kills me! For those of you that seem to miss the message, BOTTOM LINE: JUST BECAUSE A WOMAN HAS MOVED UP OR IS SUCESSFULL DOESN’T MEAN THAT SHE SUCKED OR FUCKED SOMEONE TO GET THERE! THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO WOMEN THAN WHAT WE SIT ON!
Sidenote: If you don’t know who Amanda Diva is, she’s an entrepeneur, a journalist, an artist, an actress, a rapper, a singer, and she’s educated. She’s obviously very talented and smart. You can't get the natural talent that she has by fucking anyone. It just really pisses me off when people like her are accused of having sex to get where they are. So screw the haters! Big ups to Deev! I know she nominates people as supawomen on DivaSpeakTv but, I’mma go ahead nominate her as a “Supawoman” here! Also, to all of the other millions of supawomen out here doing their thang and making it happen keep doing it!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
This is a music video/documentary. It's the first time that I've ever seen this done before and it's dope as hell. This song is by the femcee,Invincible featuring Finale. She's from my hometown Detroit. Besides rapping she's also very active in the community! We need more emcees like her@ This video is also about my city, Detroit. Enjoy!
Monday, August 25, 2008
You say I'm nothing without ya, but I'm nothing with ya
A man don't really love you if he hits ya
This is my notice to the door, I'm not taking it no more
I'm not your personal whore, that's not what I'm here for
Leave you answers in the comment section!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Unfortunately Byata's scheduled show tonight at the Rythym Lounge has been cancelled. I know all of you Byata fans were really looking forward to seeing her tonight. Since you can't I'll give you a little throw back treat! Here's a throwback interview from July.
As you all should know by now, I love seeing female rappers on the grind because they're so misrepresented right now. One of my favorites from Miss Rap Supreme, Byata has definitely been on the grind since the show. I had the opportunity to talk to her this morning, very early. So I thank her for being willing to talk before the birds even chirp. Her interview will kick off the 7 Days, 7 Interviews! So here it goes...
Glennisha: How are you?
Glennisha: How has it been since the show?
Byata: It’s been pretty much a hustle. I’m grinding a lot and a lot extra than I would before the show. It’s a lot of notoriety.
Glennisha: Well first off congratulations! Even though you didn’t win Miss Rap Supreme you were basically like the second runner up. So you came a long way. There were a lot of talented women on the show but, you made it to the top two. How does that feel?
Byata: It’s feels good. Rece definitely deserved to win. I got a chance to gain a large fan base from it.
Glennisha: How did you hear about Miss Rap Supreme?
Byata: I use to wait tables at this restaurant and the producer of the show would come by and listen to me spit a lot.
Glennisha: What was the experience like to be in a house with so many other females who obviously had the same passion as you?
Byata: It was interesting to see different girls from different places come together and vibe. It was really cool and inspiring to me. It kept me motivated. It kept me on my Ps and Qs every second.
Glennisha: I was listening to the lyrics on your song “Hush Lil Lady”, which happens to be one of my favorites, and you made references to your father leaving and using drugs, your mother not really being there, and not having any friends. So was it kind of being in a state of solitude that pushed you to start writing?
Byata: It was a lot of pain that pushed me to writing. When I first started writing everything that I wrote was very painful and dark. I remember I use to call my Dad up and tell him to listen to my poetry or rhymes and he would say “Why are you so dark and why are you so gloomy”. I remember that. That was definitely why I started writing, to release pain. Then later on I started using everything else as an inspiration, not just pain. The solitude definitely came into play, just being alone, and just vibing with the energy of the universe.
Glennisha: Who inspires you?
Byata: Lauryn Hill was a big inspiration to me. Now days, Will.i.am is very inspirational to me. I like 50 (Cent). I like him because of his flow and I’m inspired by it. Tupac most definitely. Biggie and then outside of Hip Hop people like Pink, Janis Joplin from back in the day, The Doors, and The Beatles. I just love music period so I get inspired by a lot of different things.
Glennisha: What’s in rotation on your IPod or your CD player right now?
Byata: (Laughs) Everything. I got a little bit of house music. I got a little bit of hip hop music. I got a little bit of 80s. I like 80s music a lot. So when I’m jogging on the treadmill I definitely have a bunch of different array of songs coming through.
Glennisha: I think that the representation of female emcees right now is crazy. For instance there were only 2 nominees in the female rapper category at the BET Awards this year that actually had full albums out and 2003 was the last year that the Grammys even had a female emcee category. How do you feel about that?
Byata: I feel that the women are not taken seriously as artists. A lot of it has a lot to do with maybe the way that they portray themselves. Not all of them but, some of them. I feel like a lot of them either burn bridges or just don’t act right. There is also no alliance with females. There is a lot of drama. We’re not taken seriously because of that. I feel like females should be nominated and getting awards because we work just as hard and it’s actually harder for us. I think all of that will change really soon.
Glennisha: BET just had an all female panel for America vs. Hip Hop. MC Lyte was the moderator but, there wasn’t a female emcee on the panel and of course up for topic of discussion was the way women are portrayed in hip hop videos. So let me ask you, how do you, being a female rapper feel about the way women are portrayed in hip hop or music videos period?
Byata: The majority of the videos that I see women are portrayed as toys. It’s pretty much fat asses, big titties, little shorts, and bouncing going on. We just look like pretty hot toys that are on the TV shaking our ass. I don’t have anything bad to say but, if that’s what a female wants to do then that’s how she portrays herself. It’s not something that I would do or have in my video unless I’m making fun of it. Whatever floats your boat to be honest with you. I don’t hate on anything really but, it’s not something I would do.
Glennisha: You were the first white female rapper to ever appear on 106 and Park’s Freestyle Friday. Have you ever had any issues with you being not only a female rapper but, a white female rapper?
Byata: Yea. I didn’t get signed by two major labels because of the skin color that I have. Five years ago when I was shopping my shit labels were very scared to sign a white girl. They didn’t know if it would go or if it was a gimmick. They didn’t know how to present it the right way. So that kind of fucked things up for me when it came to getting signed. Now days I feel like it’s an advantage for me because I’m different. I’m unique. It’s like I’m a minority when it comes to the Hip Hop game. So, it’s like ok. I walk into a room full of Hip Hop heads with the way I’m dressed and the way I look and cats wouldn’t expect me to spit but, when I do the whole color thing goes over. People don’t look at me anymore like “Damn that’s a white girl”. I get praised for my talents period so I kind of like it now. I use it as an advantage for me now. Back in the day white girls couldn’t get no love.
Glennisha: You’re Russian right?
Glennisha: Do you happen to know what the hip hop scene is like in Russia?
Byata: Oh yea. I actually have been to Russia. I did a show out there and hung out with some hip hop heads from Russia. They’re into it. It’s funny because they have the underground scene where they spit for real and then they have the Pop Hip Hop scene where they dress like Hip Hop artists in America. It’s interesting but, it’s there and it definitely exists.
Byata: I would love to do some music with Timbaland. I would love to do something with (Dr.) Dre. If I could sign with anybody I would definitely sign with 50 (Cent) because I’m digging his whole swag and his business mentality. I think he would be able to put me out there the right way. I’d love to work with Gwen Stefani.
Glennisha: Oh. I love Gwen!
Byata: Yea! Definitely I’d love to work with her. Any talented muthafucka that can inspire me I’d work with honestly. Just like that. If the music is right, I’m on it.
Glennisha: You have an album out right now titled, “Undefined”. Tell us a bit about that.
Byata: Undefined is something that I put together. It’s a collection of songs that I have recorded over the years. I figured my fans were going to be looking for some music when the show aired. So I just got my material together and the best songs that I had and just put them out. They’re not really mixed or mastered. They’re recorded straight onto the CD. I gave it to you guys raw like that. It’s the raw me. It is what it is. You either love it or hate it. That’s just what it is. I called it undefined because it’s so many different styles of Byata that they can’t be defined. I can’t just say I’m this way or I’m that way. So I just decided to label it undefined and let the fans define it.
Glennisha: Do you have any upcoming tours or shows?
Byata: I’m working on a college tour right now. I’m trying to get that together. Basically that’s pretty much it right now. I’m talking with a booking and management agency. I’m trying to get my whole circle together and start creating a really big buzz.
Glennisha: A lot of people may not know but, you were in Spike Lee’s movie He Got Game. Will we get a chance to see you on the big screen again?
Byata: Yes you will. I’m actually shooting a movie starting August 16th. I’m shooting this movie called the Rothstein Diamond. I’m the leading character in the movie. It’s going to be in Sundance (Film Festival) 2009 or 2010. It’s definitely nice to get a leading role. I didn’t expect that so I’m very blessed to have that.
Byata: Thank You.
Glennisha: This is something that I personally would love to see but, do you think that you could ever get together with other emcees from Miss Rap Supreme and do like a compilation album or something?
Byata: I would love to. It’s definitely something that I’ve asked about before and reached out for. A lot of girls are just busy doing their own thing. I don’t really have the time to set the whole thing up myself and start getting tracks and sending them out to chicks. I have to worry about my own shit but, I put it out into the atmosphere, I definitely did. I would love to do some shit with Nicky, Rece, Ms. Cherry, and Lady Twist. I think that’s it pretty much with the chicks in the house. We’re all taking care of our own business. One of us is going to have to get out the hot seat and say, “Alright, let’s do this”. I don’t know. Hopefully it could happen but, like I said everybody is busy doing their own thing.
Glennisha: Thank you so much for your time Byata and for participating in 7 Days, 7 Interviews. I’m so looking forward to seeing and hearing more of you. Continue to hold it down for the ladies!
Byata: Thank you, mama.
*Audio Coming Soon*
You can purchase Byata's album, Undefined @ http://cdbaby.com/Byata
For booking visit www.Byata.com
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Diamond, formerly of Crime Mob, has pinned a solo deal with Warner Bros. Records.
Diamond is known for being featured on the single "Knuck If You Buck".
Thanks to SandraRose for this news.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
According to Global Grind Lil Mama has some issues with her record label, Jive Records. She believes that Jive didn't promote her album properly because some fans would frequently walk up to her unsure about her album release.
“My fan base is out of this world and the youth really look up to me and I know for a fact my album wasn’t promoted correctly because people would come up to me like, ‘Oh your album is out?’ Or, ‘This is the second one? It’s really disturbing to know that I signed with a company that didn’t promote my record properly. Highly disturbing.”
While sniffing around on Youtube I ran into some old videos of Sole's. I had totally forgotten about her. I remember back when my uncle who worked at a record label use to send me cds all the time. When he sent me Sole's cd, I was automatically a fan. Her album, Skin Deep was the shit from the beginning to end. I couldn't stop playing it. I remember after a few years of playing that cd out I was online searching and searching hoping that Sole' would return. She use to have a fan site that I would log onto frequently but, I can't find it now. Over the years I had learned that she married the singer Ginuwine. They're still married now with 2 children together, and also 3 others from previous relationships. Today, I read on Wikipedia that Sole has renounced her raunchy image as well as her name. She currently takes care of her family, runs an interior decorating firm, and also volunteers around the Maryland/DC/VA area speaking to women. She stated that if she was to return to the music industry that she would make music that glorifies the Lord. So I'm guessing that she isn't going to come back anytime soon and if she does she won't be making any music that her previous fans would hope for.
Babs posted this bulletin on Myspace~
So here it is....
Come be a part of history as we shoot the first ever video for FEM (Females Earning Money) featuring yours truly Babs Bunny, Lady Luck and The Lady of Rage!!!
The video shoot is Sunday August 17th at Harlem Lanes (2116 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd @ 126th St.) We will be starting at 1pm on the 4th floor at the back bowling lanes.
We will only be shooting at Harlem Lanes from 1 - 4pm so please be on time.
It is free to attend and be in the video, but if you want to stay after and bowl then Harlem Lanes charges $7.50 per person/per game.
I look forward to seeing you there!!!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Thanks to Global Grind for this video.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
The Official Home of the Femcees are now accepting submissions for the next mixtape. This time, it will even more so focus on NEW, YOUNG female emcee talent. Keep in mind, you must put your best foot forward. Any wack tracks will be ignored. Also, make sure your submissions are of good, CD quality. The deadline for submissions is AUGUST 15, 2008 AT 11:59 PM. This is soooo important because so many nice femcees have missed making previous mixtapes due to missing the deadlines.August 15th is about one week away, so there is plenty of time to make it!
Guidlines for submission:
Music submissions must be at least 170 kbps for an mp3, 128 kbps for a wma, or a link to a CD quality .wav file.
This mixtape is for new & up coming femcees only. In other words, if you released a mainstream/major album before (not mixtapes, street, or underground albums), then you are not eligible. This is for new female Hip-Hop artists only.
Agre requirement- 12 to 32. Yes, even femcees as young as 12 can apply!
Beats can be popular or original.
And of course, and you all know this, the rhyme you spit must be something YOU wrote!
Email for submission: email@example.com. Make sure you put "FEMCEE MIXTAPE SUBMISSION" in the subject area. The email should contain the mp3/wma/wav submission, a photo, audo drop (if possible), and your Myspace page.
PS: We CANNOT stress this enough- AUGUST 15, 2008 AT 11:59 PM IS THE DEADLINE!!!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Remember the days when the leading ladies of Hip-Hop were a balanced blend of lyrical ease and a fashion sense that rivaled the most freshest of her male counterparts. Image seemed the least of her concern as sex appeal was more so suggested through attitude and slick talk. The wardrobes of Hip-Hop divas were dominated by baggy jeans, baseball caps and combat boots. As Hip Hop grew these staples made their way to becoming extinct.(Read More Here).