3 Dope Songs From Eternia

EterniaEternia real name Silk Kaya is a dope emcee from Toronto, Canada who’s been holding it down for a minute.. With each song and each performance she brings 100% and has proven to be a force to reckon with.. We encourage you to check out her website  http://www.urbnet.com/artist-eternia.asp

Here’s an excerpt from an interview she did a few years back from Hip Hop Canada

HHC: Nice! Let’s get into more background information that we haven’t touched on before. To begin with, why rap? What kind of influences brought hip-hop into your life?
Rap wasn’t something I consciously ‘chose’. I think most people that are talented hip-hop artists, that shit just was natural. I was introduced to hip-hop by my older brother when I was around 8 years old, in the late 80’s. I missed a lot of 80’s history because I’m young, but yeah… it was Public Enemy, 2 Live Crew, Maestro, LL Cool J… the mainstream rap at the time. Then I got into, of course, the Native Tongues thing, the golden era… the 90’s indie scene (Rawkus, Fondle ‘Em, Fat Beats, etc.). That’s what really raised me and my craft mostly. I feel like this has been said by a ton of artists before… [Laughing] I am no different. But yeah, I’ve been spitting since I was around 8 or 9… documented, on videotape, all that. It was natural, I just never stopped spitting.

Below is another interview Eternia did for the The F Word Media Collective with hosts Meghan Murphy, Ariana Barer, and Ellie Gordon-Moershel look at the changing circumstances and representations of the female rapper over the decades. Why are women so underrepresented in hip hop? Its a great program.. Eternia’s interview comes in around 25 minutes into the program

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQxKzmi2fHg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4LftWAKleI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7yxOzQwil0

A Dope Emcee & Singer w/ a Revolutionary Spirit; Meet Maimouna ‘Mumu Fresh’ Yousseff

Baltimore native Maimouna Youssef is a breath of fresh air at a time when far too many are stale with their desire to be good marketers and packagers, reality TV stars or an over-the-top controversial figure vs being a damn good artist.

Because Maimouna who is best known via her nickname Mumu Fresh, stays focused on exploring and highlighting her art as opposed to marketing herself, there are many who are reading this who will note they never heard of her.. That’s ok, its time to get familiar because the sista is no joke.

First you should know she’s a songwriter and producer. Yes, she gets busy behind the boards. Also, she’s a dope singer with a soulful angelic voice.

If that’s not enough she’s nice on the mic as an emcee and will definitely take your lunch money if you step to her wrong in a cipher.. She’s been nominated for a Grammy, Best Rap song for her contribution on the song Don’t feel Right by the Roots.. That’s her you hear flipping the hook.. We thought you knew

Over the years Mumu Fresh has performed and worked with everyone from Nas to Talib Kweli to Big Daddy Kane, Jill Scott, Mos Def, Eryka Badu, Zap Mama, dead prez, and Cody Chestnut to name a few..On top of all that Maimouna ghostwrites for quite a few folks..She’s definitely well respected and sought out by her peers.

Those are just few highlights.. What really shines about this sista is the fact that she comes hard on the cultural and political tip. She doesn’t preach or get all up in your grill telling you how you need to act or what and who you should believe or follow, but her presence is strongly rooted in the tradition of revolution and freedom fighting. You hear that in songs like title track featuring Zap Mama of the Blooming album..or in tracks like Wake Up which takes on Monsanto.

The fact that Maimouna has remained independent by choice speaks volumes about where her head is at. In our interview featured below, she talks about the importance of positioning oneself to have true artistic freedom..With respect to her music, it goes beyond way beyond cheap sloganeering. Its nurturing for both the mind and soul and defies all industry labeling limitation. On her new album the Blooming, you have songs that are rap, songs that are bluesy and others that funk oriented.. Mumu says at the end of the day, its all Black music and as an artist she goes deep and takes us on an incredible journey through all types musical genres connected to the African diaspora.

Listen to our Breakdown FM/ All Day Play interview below w/ Maimouna Youssef

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw5s0Klmu84

From Hardcore Journalist to Dope Emcee-Our Intv w/ SF’s Finest-Rocky Rivera

A while back we sat down and chopped it up with one of the Bay Area’s finest emcees.. We’re talking about Ms Rocky Rivera..For a long time she was known around the town as a skilled journalist and activist who hailed from SF State…She got so good at her craft that she wound being featured in an MTV Reality series called I’m From Rolling Stone‘ .  Here, she won a position as a contributing editor. She is also one of the few if not only journalist to interview all members of the Wu-Tang Clan at the same time.. Her keen knowledge of Hip Hop and her ability to flip the script lead to her winning.

This is important to note, because Rocky decided that she wanted to do more than write, hence she picked up a mic and brought that same scrappy attitude along with her.. The end result has been critical acclaim. In this interview  we cover everything from Rocky’s transition from journalist to emcee, what went into making her latest album, Pop Killer Mixtape, Her outlook on Bay Area Hip Hop  and a whole lot more.. Enjoy

Press the link below to listen to our HKR intv w/ Rocky Rivera