I swear the name of this track was supposed to be “Let’s Roll”, but somewhere between me and the producer it got renamed. At any rate, the 3rd track off my first EP Do Yo’ Thang, “Can I Roll?” is a party jam sure to get your head bobbin’ and hips moving. I talk a little trash in this one, but this was where my head was at when I wrote it. I think a good emcee/rap artist should have layers. You might have a message, but let the audience know you can still party too. Humans are not one dimensional and especially not female rappers. Download “Can I Roll” today and get your party on with this track.
Until the next time…
You can download “Can I Roll?” at all major online retailers.
I’ll try to keep this post short, but I can’t promise it won’t be all over the place. I’ve been blessed to live long enough to witness the rise of Hip Hop culture and the pinnacle of rap music. Growing up in a small New Jersey town as you would expect, most of my early influences came out of New York. Although New York was less than an hour from where I lived, it seemed like a universe away at times. I knew it wasn’t far though because I could catch the signal from the radio stations in my small apartment shared with my mom. I lived for the Friday and Saturday night radio mix shows where I could hear all my favorite rap artists and be introduced to new ones. One day I decided to write my own rhyme and the rest was history. At first I patterned myself after artists I heard on the radio. The guys dominated the rap music scene back then, but what stood out to me were the female emcees. Maybe it was because I saw back then that Hip Hop was special and unique and a female rapper was even moreso. Female rappers with attitude were the best. Shante (AKA Roxanne Shante), was the first female I can remember handling the mic and giving it to the fellas. She did her thing on Roxanne’s Revenge, and I looked forward to hearing whatever she put out. Of course Latifah, Monie Love, Sweet Tee, Salt N Pepa, Finesse and Synquis and any other female rap stars that came from NYC were my muses. Once rap expanded to include the West Coast- YoYo, Patra (I know she’s Dancehall, but Romantic Call was a classic), and any of the artists playing on Hot Tracks, Video Jukebox, Rap City, Yo MTV Raps, and the other video shows gave me life. I could go on and on, but then this post wouldn’t be as short as I had hoped. Just know that my influences are many and I give respect to all those who did it before me.
I remember visiting a cousin who had just gotten married and was washing dishes in her nice new home. I was chopping it up in her kitchen with a mutual friend who had asked me what I had been doing since they last saw me. In addition to finishing school, I mentioned I was working on some music. That’s when the cousin doing dishes cut in with, “you still rap?” her tone implied that rap was a silly childhood pastime that I should have gotten over long ago. Back then there wasn’t a whole lot of talk about finding your passions and developing your talent like there is in the media nowadays. You just had to believe in yourself and go for it. I remember answering her question as if she was the one with the problem even though at the time I’m sure she didn’t realize she had one. She couldn’t see back then that her problem was that she has no dreams or goals other than what society told her she should be. The crazy thing is though after doing my thing for a minute and not being where I thought I should in my career, I began asking myself the same thing. Why do I still rap? I used to tell myself after I reached a certain age I was throwing in the towel, or if I don’t do XYZ (release an album, be famous, get my big break, etc.) by a certain year it’s a wrap. But then when the time comes to make good, the whole notion of quitting seems ridiculous. I fell in love with Rap music in Jr. high and it’s been an on again off again relationship ever since. Sometimes I view Hip Hop as “the one that got away” because the music and the culture can be so far removed from my everyday life. But then I get that burst of inspiration and can’t help myself. I’ll get a new song idea, a hook will come to me in a dream, I’ll have some relationship drama, and BAM- I’m pulled back in. Yeah it’s crazy. Like being in a relationship with someone you know isn’t good for you.
Check out the Do Yo’ Thang EP and “The Second Coming” on Itunes, Amazon, and all other major online music outlets.
This isn’t going to be a sales pitch, but if an artist can’t tell you why you should buy their work, then you might be a little suspect right? Most people listen to my music and immediately compare me to other female rappers in the industry past and present. That’s cool. I don’t mind comparisons, especially to those at the top of their game. That means I’m in good company. This is the one of the reasons you should support my music-QUALITY. My music has the sound of a major artist even though I’m an independent. You can trust when you download my music you won’t have to worry about the sound or the delivery being subpar. Lyrics, hooks, beats, and content is all there. If it doesn’t sound like a winner, then I don’t release it- period. I’ve been doing the rap thing for a minute and I am well-versed (no pun intended) at hooking up a song that sounds like one. The next reason you should buy my music -CREATIVE FREEDOM. No one pays me (but you hopefully) to write about certain subjects or songs and no one pays someone to write them for me. This means I have the ability to write and rap about what I want to. My songs come from personal experiences, situations in general, and sometimes a splash of urban fiction. In short, I make my music for me and you. It’s like having your own personal emcee. Convinced yet? If so check me out here (Second Coming LP) or here (Do Yo’ Thang EP) and leave a comment on this post.
I always loved movies and shows where someone (or a group) gets stranded on an uncharted island of natives. It usually leads to an adventure as you never know what’s going to happen next. I experienced something similar while on vacation in 2014. Although part of my vacation was spent in a Latin American city, a friend talked me into taking a trip to one of the islands off the coast of the country. When we arrived it was straight out of a movie- grass huts, natives, etc. and when the sun went down at night you could hear them doing their thing. Since it was a one night trip I was just trying to make it to daylight- feel me? Anyway, Jungle Jam was written ironically BEFORE that trip. Jungle sounds and wild beats are the backdrop over this tale of a lost emcee stranded on an uncharted island. In order to make it off the island alive I must rap for the tribal elders during a show. The problem is, every one that tried before me was wack and didn’t make it (you know what that means). Click here to find out what happens to PHAYME…