HOW I MET HER… SOULCAT E-PHIFE (INTERVIEW)

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Soulcat E-Phife

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… 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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