HOW I MET HER… RUBY YO! (INTERVIEW)

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Ruby Yo!

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1. Introduce yourself. Who are you, where are you from and what do you do in life. 

Well I’m a Latina (Puerto Rican) artist from Chicago, born and raised out here. Some people know me here as Marilyn Camacho, the actress and director, and others know me as Ruby Yo! the emcee and singer. Nowadays, I’m just Ruby Yo!, being that music is now mainly my focus. For the most part I’m a songwriter and a performer of sorts, and on my down time, I slang drinks as a bartender, I mean.. Who doesn’t appreciate a well-made cocktail.

2. How you met H.E.R.? How did you find Hip-Hop, or how did Hip-Hop find you? Share some memories about that? When and why did you decide to make music yourself?

I found Hip-Hop as a little, curious, wild, curly haired, young in listening to ICE-T’s “Colors” blasting from my brother’s boombox. I didn’t know what it was, but I knew I liked it, the sound, the aggressiveness, and the boldness of the lyrics. Then came the movies, “Electric Boogaloo 1 & 2”, “Beatstreet”, “Krush Groove”… I didn’t become a student until my last 2 years of high school, then college, where I was a backpacker and was known as the girl who spit rhymes with the boys. Tupac was my h.s. teacher, Biggy was my college professor, and Lauryn was my principal. The Miseducation was probably the most influential album that made me want to attempt doing music or at least start writing in verse. I figured, hey if she can do it, so can I. I started really taking it seriously in college, doing open mics, talent shows, etc.. When I left, I never stopped.. and here I am now..

3. What do you want to say with your music? What is your message? Can you live from your music already? What are your future goals?

I think, more than anything, my music is just a reflection of my various personas, characters.. just like when I’m acting. The one common factor you will hear in my music, is that it’s aggressive and very in your face. I’m definitely a storyteller and I tell stories of my own and others, who inspire me to write the stories. My message? To be who you want to be at all times, no matter how crazy, fed up or delusional others might think you are. As of right now, I’m not living full-time off my music, but that is definitely the goal. My future plans include branching out into other territories, L.A., NY, Miami, and overseas. I’m also exploring licensing opportunities with film and television.

4. In your opinion, what is the key to success?

Perseverance and persistence.

5. Your shoutout to the other Ladies living Music.

There’s power in numbers, if we unite, we only become stronger. Think about that the next time you decide to hate on the next female emcee.

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HOW I MET HER… MC KAUR (INTERVIEW)

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MC Kaur

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1. Introduce yourself. Who are you, where are you from and what do you do in life.

Hello Human Beings, I am Manmeet Kaur, also known as MC Kaur. I was born in Jammu & Kashmir, India on May 24′ 1992 – spent my childhood in Punjab and currently doing my Bachelor in Arts  from  BOMBAY! I am a part of a group JAPA(Justice And Peace For All) promoting knowledge musically through underground shows across various areas and hearts!

2. How you met H.E.R.? How did you find Hip-Hop, or how did Hip-Hop find you? Share some memories about that? When and why did you decide to make music yourself?

My brother brought his then new collection of music including some of Snoop Dogg and NWA from his friend’s place.. First Hip Hop song, that I heard was “under the influence” by D12.There was no Underground Hip Hop in India back then. Gradually I tried writing rhythmatic poetry and put it on the beats! I was the only female rapper in the country so I was a subject to discrimination of all sorts! After a year I met some sprouting local MCs, who wanted me to join them, but I didn’t get along with their “Show guns, pop none” attitude – so my NO was their reason to bully me down and disrespected me to the core –on internet – amidst other MCs and what not! I used to write songs about self appraisal, but could never release them, since I, myself couldn’t  feel them as a listener! But after this utter deception from my fellow Chauvinist  MEN, I got the strength to come up through H.E.R.! And one fine day I came back home from the school and heard this song “What they do-The Roots”, fell in love with Hip Hop! Wrote…. Spoke  my heart out and released it!

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3. What do you want to say with your music? What is your message? Can you live from your music already? What are your future goals?

I just want to say THE TRUTH! India is in a worn out stage with our youth misled by greed, ignorance and disinterestedness towards the JUSTICE! I want my voice to show the light towards the right direction – unleash people from their self-created cages by activating souls musically! And yes I am living my dream!  I am least into self-promotion and never made an effort to get a music video done till date – cause the place, where I am at – requires more than that! So I try holding seminars and let the unknowns learn about Hip Hop, her history, present exploitation, and its relevance with any bee’s life! It’s a beautiful thing for me to do!

My future Goal is definitely not to misuse this noble Art and spread its purity among the youth of my country! Working on my debut mixtape featuring Musicians and MCs from the global village! Promoting the message before I promote myself!

4. In your opinion, what is the key to success?

Key to success – an urge in the self to improve, yearn to learn, consider thyself zilch and be receptive to positivity and the inner spark of innovation! Redefine Success and blend the key to it as you grow!

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5. Your shoutout to the other Ladies living Music.

There is enough respect in me for Female exhibiting realness: Sa Roc from God Hop Music, Gavlyn, Boog Brown, Fawksie1, Aisha Fukushima from Raptivism and all the true queens from the west globe: sister Soulcat and Soia from Austria, Deepa  from India and any girl, who acknowledges her power and edutains with logic and wisdom!

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HOW I MET HER… MIRANDA WRITES (INTERVIEW)

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 Miranda Writes

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1. Introduce yourself. Who are you, where are you from and what do you do in life.

Peace! I’m Miranda Writes, I’m 18, and I’m an up and coming emcee from Central Jersey. Right now I’ve been working to make a positive difference in the world of Hip Hop today. It’s time we shed truth and light. Hip Hop goes beyond the entertainment factor, it is a culture. With that being said, I do my best to represent. Knowledge is Power!

2. How you met H.E.R.? How did you find Hip-Hop, or how did Hip-Hop find you? Share some memories about that? When and why did you decide to make music yourself?

Hmm, How did I Find Hip Hop? Well to start, my parents have always been huge Hip Hop lovers. I was practically raised listening to it. I’ve always loved everything about Hip Hop. The lyrics, the beat, the art, the energy, creativity exc. Hip Hop is a genre that speaks. It holds power that allows a message to be heard in a different and great way. I’ve always enjoyed writing, but it became my “go to” outlet of expression my sophomore year of high school. I started writing a lot, everyday actually. I noticed I was writing a lot, but nothing was being heard. I decided hey, why don’t I try flipping this over a beat? Tried it.. Loved it. Shortly after that, I asked for a Mic. Since then, consider it history. Now I’m Miranda Writes the Emcee!

 

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3. What do you want to say with your music? What is your message? Can you live from your music already? What are your future goals?

I always want my music to speak for itself. I love music, I feel music. I want my fans to be able to relate to what I’m saying. Anything that comes to my mind, I usually put it on paper. I am a strong believer in speaking the truth. Real Recognize Real, that’s what I am trying to teach. My movement basically sums up my mission and message. I work under my own banner by the name of “LPD Entertainment”. (Light Prevails Dark) I want to inspire anyone with a dream because all things are possible. Right now I am working independently. I am looking for an opportunity where I can prosper and grow. I want to take my music to the next level, my goal is to reach the masses.

4. In your opinion, what is the key to success?

In order to be successful you must work hard and remain motivated. No matter the circumstances, you keep pushing. That’s how you get better, that’s how you reach people, that’s how you get out there! Networking and building is all part of the process. Most importantly, LOVE what you do!

5. Your shout-out to the other Ladies living Music.

Much love and respect to every female that is holding it down for the Hip Hop culture. The females in Hip Hop need to unite and get together! Peace, Love, and Light.

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HOW I MET HER… KLASSY (INTERVIEW)

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Klassy

1. Introduce yourself. Who are you, where are you from and what do you do in life.

My names Graciela Moreno and I’m also known as Klassy. I was born in the Philippines, on Dec. 13 1996 and I was raised in Los Angeles, California. I’m on my second year as a student currently attending VAPA HS.

2. How you met H.E.R.? How did you find Hip-Hop, or how did Hip-Hop find you? Share some memories about that? When and why did you decide to make music yourself?

I had cousins that really loved Hip Hop. They’d always bump Big L, Souls of Mischief, Wu Tang, and I remembered them always rapping along to the lyrics. Basically, during that time, I got myself into lots of trouble, and I soon came to realize I needed a way to keep myself off the streets. My friend Rolondo, who I later found out he was emcee, took me to my first studio; JUiCE – a non-profit weekly hip hop arts program and that’s where it all started. I recorded my first couple tracks there and met so many amazing, talented people. I was hooked, and that’s where I discovered my love for Hip Hop.

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3. What do you want to say with your music? What is your message? Can you live from your music already? What are your future goals?

Simply, I only see it as an outlet. It’s way for me to express – a way for me to share my experiences, ideas, and feelings. I love music, why not make it ! The messages in my songs I want people to get, is that you’re not alone, love your life, love yourself, stay positive, and just push forward through the toughest times. I honestly don’t have future goals, I just want to continue making music and if people like, or can relate to it, then..that’s a bonus for me.

4. In your opinion, what is the key to success?

In my opinion, the key to success…is having a focused mind.

If you love what you do, if you have a dream, if you have a goal, don’t let anyone get in the way of it. Just be true to yourself, stay humble, and remember that there’s ALWAYS room for improvement.

5. Your shout out to the other Ladies living Music.

I personally think,  whether you’re a girl or guy doing Hip Hop, we all deserve the same attention…as an MC not because of our sex. Maybe at times, you can say it’s easier or harder for a girl to be in the game, but if she can bring it, if she has that strive and passion for it.. then that’s where it’s at. BUT YES ! Much respect to all the femcees doing their thing!

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How I met HER… Bastet (Interview)

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Bastet

1. Introduce yourself. Who are you, where are you from and what do you do in life.

I am Bastet, a Spanish rapper. I was born in the south of Spain, in the city of Jaén. I do what I like the most, music!

2. How you met H.E.R.? How did you find Hip-Hop, or how did Hip-Hop find you? Share some memories about that? When and why did you decide to make music yourself?

I discovered rap music when I was 12, when my mother gave to me my first radio-cassette and started to explore different music stations. I discovered a world of new styles like trance, dance, techno… but I loved rap music. Two years later, at 14, I began writing the first lyrics and music with a 61-key synthesizer.

I decided to make music, because I love what I do and I can embody, support and communicate a message to those who don’t dare to come out of the closet.

I’m lesbian and don’t hide my sexual orientation, as I don’t hide my dark hair, or the color of my skin, it’s one more of my features!

Since I can remember I liked women, and it has never been a problem for me.

3. What do you want to say with your music? What is your message? Can you live from your music already? What are your future goals?

My songs are about demands on society, discrimination, poverty, abuse, loneliness, love/heartbreak, and now I write songs aimed at LGBT community. Because with that lyrics I try to encourage and give support for LGBT community.

Music is the perfect way to deliver visibility, respect, tolerance and normalization.

It means everything to me, music is my life, but in these days it’s very difficult for artists to live from music.

In the future, I would like to continue enjoying what I do and convey my message to all the corners of the world, so that people can identify themselves with my lyrics. Only that!

 

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4. In your opinion, what is the key to success?

If music reaches out the people and someone identifies himself with it and feels reflected in it: mission accomplished! That is success to me!

5. Your shout out to the other Ladies living Music.

Keep on doing music and feeling it inside your hearts! We are the energy, that keeps earth turning round and round!

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How I met HER… Soulcat E-Phife (Interview)

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1. Introduce yourself. Who are you, where are you from and what do you do in life.

My name is Emily, E, E5 (Phife) or simply Soulcat. I react to all 3 of them. I was born in Dominican Republic and I live in Vienna, Europe now – where I mostly DJ or rap, record and perform, while I’m also always watching out for additional things I can get busy in – as long as they make me grow as a person somehow. I love all arts, I love the universe and nature, kids, my boyfriend, my daughter and my family so there’s always something to do and get happy with for me.

2. How you met H.E.R.? How did you find Hip-Hop, or how did Hip-Hop find you? Share some memories about that? When and why did you decide to make music yourself?

I’ve always been jammin’…

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How I met HER… Amy Kickz (Interview)

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Amy Kickz

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1. Introduce yourself. Who are you, where are you from and what do you do in life.

My name is Amy Kickz. I am from Woodstock Ontario, Canada.

2. How you met H.E.R.? How did you find Hip-Hop, or how did Hip-Hop find you? Share some memories about that? When and why did you decide to make music yourself?

I always wanted to make a Hip-Hop record. Since I was in my late teens I was in a relationship for 12 years, that was unhealthy and never pursued my creative outlets. I have 4 children, recently seperated, so I am achieving my goals.

3. What do you want to say with your music? What is your message? Can you live from your music already? What are your future goals?

I want to also be a voice for young girls, who turn to stripping or prostituting, as a means…

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