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 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.
“Do Yo’ Thang” is both the title of the EP and the name of the single off my very first solo project. “Do Yo’ Thang,” will always have a special place in my heart because for the first time in my career I met a producer that had beats that perfectly fit my personality. The concept of “Do Yo’ Thang” was simple, “F** the haters and naysayers and keep doing you”.. That was my head space back in the day and for the most part that’s what keeps me going today. I remember when I first heard the track in the studio. It was different from the production I heard on the radio at the time. Not too fast or slow and not too much music. It had a bit of an electro vibe, which I liked since I was cool with some of the Techno greats in Detroit (shout out to Juan Atkins and Eddie Fowlkes) and gave me the privilege of honing my skills over their masterpieces. The “Do Yo’ Thang” beat was the perfect marriage of Hip Hop and electro and allowed me to express myself in a way I hadn’t before. It was the perfect track. I got in that booth and brought that fiya. Many of my fans and friends still say that’s their favorite song… Raw, edgy, but still classy- Do Yo’ Thang, gives you all that plus a hook. Take a listen here. I’m sure it will become one of your favorites as well.
Special shout to Devon Fields and Vic the “Tracksmith” Bullard as well as the many people that came into my life at the time to make the project happen.