How I met HER… Quintescence (INTERVIEW)

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

Hey my name is Quintescence. I was born and raised in the Bronx NY.I recently signed to Rockboy Records, multi-platinum Dr period label. I was just five years old when I found hip hop.

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?

Music was my way of releasing all my stress. My mother was on drugs when I was a kid so writing was my way of releasing my frustration.

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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 do not do anything else for a living. I have had jobs before but I made a way for myself in the music industry to get revenue. A lot of people say that I’m a role model for women and that the game needs me. I’m not perfect but I try my best to represent hip hop and women in the best light.

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

In my opinion, the key to success is hard work and consistency.

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5. Your shoutout to the other Ladies living Music.

I want to shout out my Rockboy family, Dr, my team Quintescence, Big foo, Clip, Cheyyenne, Jack, Deshawn, and the bx for being behind me.

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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’ to my favourite songs or the rhythms of nature and urban area, really, as a kid I could never hush. I think I’ve always been a musician somehow, I should have practiced harder than everyone else though, besides making a decision on what I wanna do for real. I think lyricism has always been my strength. I come from the Austrian upper Styria jazz scene but I never brag about that which is why a lot of people underestimate me a lot. But I don’t give a fuck – I believe that if you humble yourself great things will come to you. And it happened! Hip Hop found me once when I was a teenager struggling in life and the second time when I moved to the big city in my early twenties tryna find a job. I just started meeting the right people – it felt like that thing people call being at the “right spot at the right time”, you know what I’m saying. It helped a lot that I’ve been experimenting on the machines and the one’s and two’s making beats for a while before I left town to head to the metropolitan area, so I really had a great topic to talk about: BEATS n RHYMES!!!

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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 want to keep on doing it as long as I can and get better with every show and every recording, and not only better but stay innovative. That, to me, is the most important thing. I never want to lose the connection to this inspiring spiritual voice of mine that talks to me whispering all those memories and poems and punch lines. What I want to say varies from song to song – sometimes I talk about my life and what I came to see, sometimes I talk about spiritual, higher realm philosophies and sometimes I just want to go off on how fly the beat is and how we came to make it and what happened when I stepped into the studio and who I’m hanging with – the message delivers itself, you know what I’m saying?

Well, when it comes to what pays my bills – like I said, I get busy in many of things so I can say that my way of life helps me to get through and eat but if I want to travel and do additional things, I add some more DJ Gigs to it. I also do jobs that don’t have anything to do with music, but this is not what it’s about, right? 🙂 If I get busy in a regular day job, I do it to gather impressions.

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

Persistence and creativity within a great character.

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5. Your shoutout to the other Ladies living Music.

I wanna give a shoutout to my sisters in the Vienna nu-soul team Soia and Nomadee who really resembled not only great friends but also great & genius colleagues as singer/songwriters. I have a feeling we could lyrically produce double LP’s on the song writing. Or even do poem books. Or some other off the hook stuff!!! That’s how much our sound and our energies meet. Then again I wanna give a shoutout to MC Soom T from Glasgow – we had the opportunity to share stage and have long conversations on the road – we think alike and we definitely vibe n’ connect. That’s the most important thing! I’m also giving shout outs to my girl Manmeet Kaur holding it down on the mic for the ladies of hip hop in INDIA!!! You rock and we will create – if it wasn’t for hip hop, where should the 90ies Kids find peace? haha. Further I wanna give thanks to all underground catz on the mic who do & dig rap – you don’t know how much y’all are part of all dope femcee’s success. We’re all a huge team with no competition but cooperation and we should all respect each other. That’s how I feel. PEACE!



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HOW I MET HER… STAHHR (INTERVIEW)

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1. Introduce yourself. Who are you, where are you from and what do you do in life.
Peace, love and balance everyone, everywhere, I AM staHHr, the 2 H’s are for hip hop, Mother Nature with a Molotov blowing up spots and it don’t stop. I am an artist, mc, lyricist, mother, student, teacher, healer, alchemist, designer residing in West Amexem, where I create and share potent sound vibrations with the masses over banging hip hop tracks. Some of you may be familiar with me from my features on Doom’s “Born like This”, MMFOOD (Anjelika) and King Ghedorah’s “Take Me to Your Leader”.

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?
Hip hop was always in me, it was just in a dormant state until the “on” switch was flipped. I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, so it’s been a part of my life since I touched the planet. We’ve grown together. It was on the radio, tv, at school, but it didn’t possess me and take over until ’88 or ’89. I remember hearing Slick Rick‘s first album and just being blown away by his lyrics, delivery and storytelling/narrative ability. Salt n’ Pepa and MC Lyte, when I first saw and heard them, I was blown away. They were so confident, so powerful and the hair.. they rocked the mic oh so fashionably and hard simultaneously. I had the asymmetrical Salt n Pepa cut and MC Lyte’s cut from the “Paper Thin” video. I grew up in the suburbs, and there weren’t many people around me, that were really deep into hip hop (other than the music) like that. Being one that marched to their own beat any way, I was very much drawn to the culture and the elements (djing, bboy/bgirling, graf, mcing). It was unique, fun, innovative, expressive and free. Everything I wanted to say and couldn’t find the words for, there was a hip hop song about it. When Native Tongues emerged, that’s when I knew I had to be part of this culture.They reminded me of me and how I grew up. Brand Nubian, BDP, Intelligent Hoodlum, Queen Latifah and X-Clan, they opened my eyes to knowledge of self which completely changed the direction of my life outside of just rhyming. That’s the greatest thing about hip hop to me, it re-activated my Goddess gene. Redman is the mc, that made me get in my first cypher and let people know, that I rocked and I was an mc. He embodied everything I loved about hip hop. I have so many great memories. I always loved writing, reading, drama.. and English was one of my favorite subjects, and hip hop is comprised of all of those elements as well. I’d already been writing stories and poems, since I was seven, so being an mc/lyricist was really a natural progression for me.

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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?
My main objective is to bring balance, love, light, healing, awareness and SKILL. I want people to think, ask questions, heal, feel energized, challenge, what they have been taught or told after they listen to my music. I address everything from comics to the cosmos, in a fashion, that is everything we love about the Golden Era, updated for the now so that the roots and elements will remain in the future (Golden Era Future). Be true to self first and foremost. Know thyself, love thyself, heal thyself, honor thyself. Have fun, drop jewels, raise the vibration and keep your currency high at all times. Everyone has a story to tell, so be original and authentic and you will attract everything and everyone you are supposed to. Unfortunately, I am not yet at the level, where i can quit the 9 to 5 and pay the bills with music. Even when I do reach that level, I will still have other business endeavors going on. It’s all about diversifying revenue streams. To have my music touch every corner of the universe and trigger those God/dess genes. To have a consistent stream of currency coming from touring and releasing music abroad. I’d love to get into music production, video direction and holistic health consulting, which is one of my greatest passions.

4. In your opinion, what is the key to success? 
Focus, applying knowledge, work, affirming, planning, persistence. These things are necessary to be successful in anything, and it ALL starts with positive thinking. A strong team of like minded beings willing to put in equal amounts of work is also helpful.

5. Your shoutout to the other Ladies living Music.

Megawatts of love and respect to all the feminine principles out there that respect, live and move the culture forward. Keep making beautiful music. Much success in all you do! Massive, mega respect and love to Lady on the MIC for keeping the culture alive.





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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… 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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