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It Ain’t Easy

Peace Fam,

“It Ain’t Easy” is the 4th single off my first EP entitled “Do Yo’ Thang.” Easy scratches the surface on the challenges of being in the rap game and being female  to boot. If you don’t know what I’m talking about refer to my previous blog post #RapGirlProblems posted on 10/5/2015. Girls always have to worry about extra sh** including fake friends, vultures, exploitation, etc., which is why sometimes it’s hard to remain a sweet feminine Goddess. Thus the reason for the tag line, “It Ain’t Easy being a sweetie.” Even if you’re not female but you’re sick of going through dumb sh____ in every day life, this track is for you.

You can listen to “It Ain’t Easy” and purchase here.

~PHAYME

My Influences

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.

Thinking of a master plan

Thinking of my influences

See Ya At the Top!

~PHAYME

Why You Should Buy My Music

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.

~PHAYME

 

 

#RapGirlProblems

Let me start by first saying I absolutely looooove being a female that can rap. There used to be a time when there weren’t that many of us in the game, but now you see women rocking the mic everywhere. Back in the day you were considered a novelty, but if it was found you were actually good then you got your props. Unfortunately, there’s still some BS involved especially when you work with new people. I put together a quick list of things you might go through as a female rapper. Let me know if you have ever been a victim (or a perpetrator) of this..

  1. Some producers (unless they’ve heard your work) assume that if you’re female you won’t be that good: Even if you do have bars, you might get played like you don’t simply because you are a girl. Even your male rap counterparts will say ignorant sh** like, “You hot for a girl,” and please believe it that is shade. Any rap dude who utters this should get the side eye because he’s implying that no matter how good you are you are still not as good as the most garbage male rapper. FOH.. Even if a producer doesn’t say it (but you suspect it), peep how he will give a hotter track to his boy {who sounds like garbage heated up twice} and give you some half ass ‘I’mJustPracting’ type beat.
  2. If you are a female that raps the first question asked is what you look like and how old you are: In my opinion/experience this is just a way to size you up, possibly throw shade, and has nothing to do with your talent. Back in the day when labels actually cared about ‘artist development,’ the younger you came to the table the better because your career had more chance for longevity. Now one hit wonders spring up everyday and barely last past the first album so it doesn’t matter how old you are unless you look a hot mess, can’t move on stage, or got one foot in the grave (then you got other issues). It seems the standard only applies to females since our age is directly linked to our perceived sexuality (the operative word is perceived). As if it’s attractive for a man to look tired, sluggish onstage suffering  from a drop in T levels. Talent transcends all. Next..
  3. Some think they know what’s best for you creatively (even if it’s not their role) and if you have any objections or comments you’re seen as a bitch, a Diva, or hard to work with: Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t be open to collaboration, but when someone tries to change your entire track/concept from the original (and you know they’re trying to get writers credits), then it’s time for you or your manager to speak up. A good producer will vibe with you and at least meet you half way not try to hijack and remake your whole project to their specifications.
  4. If you do not have a feminine look and style of dress that is sexually appealing to men expect that you will get made over.  The funny is, this obviously doesn’t apply to male rappers because I’ve seen at least one or two that look like they are in need of a good detox, scrub down, hair cut, and febrezin’.. Females aren’t let off the hook that easy.  Sure some may come into the game looking a lil’ rought and tough, but after one hot record in and more exposure, you can bet a stack them next photos will show her either wearing more girly outfits, heels, makeup, and/or showing some skin.
  5. You will automatically be compared to the female rapper of the day who is hot commercially/mainstream:  Unfortunately, that will be your bar depending on who’s listening. If your style doesn’t sound like it can be as marketable as the IT girl of the day, you might get told you don’t have what it takes simply because the listener won’t think outside the box and recognize your unique style. Depending on the situation you might have a chance to discuss it (if you really want to work with that person) or just move on to someone who gets you.
  6. No matter how many female rap artists have been successful over the years, some still act like adding female rap to their roster is an experiment: This sort of ties into  point #5. Someone introduced me to a producer who was already working with a female artist at the time.  His partner brought her to him because they were starting a label. When he began to describe the girl he used words like ghetto, street, etc. and seemed to be disgusted overall with her style. I watched the video she had and didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. In fact the scene he was referring to was an attempt at being sexy and had been done before so what was the problem I wondered. Next out his mouth comes, “It’s already hard to market female rappers…” That said everything right there. I thought- damn how many examples do you need? Get her look tight and if the song is hot it will market itself. I was turned off and knew I didn’t want to work with him right then and there. And of course the female rapper in question never came out on his label either. Heck, the label never even made it out… The game
  7. You come on the business tip, but the man/woman you’re meeting with is thinking about ways he or she can smash. What can I say it happens in every industry when a woman is trying to get on not just rap. The worst is the simp who won’t tell you they are interested, but instead keep wasting your time calling you back to the studio to relay vocals and adlibs you’ve already done before (true story). I thought this kat was so professional until I realized what was up. You might have to choose between romance and getting your project out. If you choose the latter like I did, put them calls on block and move on to someone whose ready.
  8. Wives/Girlfriend/Baby Mama of the producers/agents/promoters you work with will automatically think you want their man/woman or the other way around. You gotta tread lightly on this. The person could be making their significant other jealous on purpose even when there’s nothing going on between you two. You might have to befriend the other person to put their mind at ease. Now if you’re being messy on purpose then you’re gonna get what’s coming to you- drama. If you’re serious about your career try to avoid those messy situations.

This is just an example of what female rappers go through on a daily to get in the game. Comment below if you or someone you know has experienced any of the above. I know this was long, but had to get it out there.

L8r

~PHAYME