I think it’s pretty obvious I love underground female rappers. The raw, gritty, and powerful lyrics are always bomb, plus the female emcees serve major looks.
I have been a fan of this particular lady for some time now, and it started because of her name, Junglepussy. Browsing on Tumblr I came across a gif of a beautiful woman and the caption said “Junglepussy” so I googled her name and found out she was a rapper.
Junglepussy is a Brooklyn, NY native with a Jamaican father, a Trinidadian mother, and a whole lot of confidence. She has performed all over the country, is peppered all over thousands of posts on Tumblr, and women everywhere urge to embody her fierceness.
Her most recent project “Pregnant With Success” came out last year and features some powerful feminine anthems. The intro “Spicy 103FM” made me an instant fan. She incorporates raw lyrics, her love for being mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy, and her euphoric perspectives to paint amazing masterpieces. She uses her New York influences, along with her island influences from her parents to create her own style.
A Queen of the Underground, she has performed with artists like Lil Kim and Princess Nokia. She is also an advocate for healthy, organic, lifestyles and has spoken at both Columbia and Yale Universities about her lifestyle choices.
Many may say classical music is a lost art form, but in Ayha’s world, it is not only relevant but amazing. Ayha Simone is a renowned harpist who has performed her angelic melodies from Detroit to Scotland. Her phenomenal skills as a harpist and her successful bout with modeling have allowed this beautiful trans woman to dabble in many forms of self-expression.
She’s not just an artist. As the co-founder of Trans Sistas of Color Project, a Detroit-based organization that works to impact the lives of trans women of color. She uses her voice for social justice and opportunities for trans people. As well as being against the discrimination and murders of trans people.
Seldom do you find someone with a beautiful face, spirit and talent, so it is obvious that Ayha is one in a million.
What inspired you to play the harp?How long have you been playing?
January 2017 marks about 10 years.
I accidentally stumbled upon the harp. I was 15 at the time and a voice student in choir at Cass Tech High School. At the time I didn’t even know harps existed; let alone had the idea of playing one. Part of my required classes was Health. However, all the health classes were full that semester so my counselor assigned me to Harp class- I needed an elective anyway.
So on the first day, I walked into a room with 9 harps going all at once. I honestly wasn’t impressed. For at least the first week of harp class, I had every intention of dropping it next semester, but the more I played, the less I wanted to leave. The harp started to intrigue me and slowly I was advancing passed my classmates, playing more intense pieces. Harp became my outlet in a very confusing and difficult time. To put it succinctly, harp saved my life.
You majored in Harp Performance at Wayne State University, how do you think that helped you as an artist?
College taught me how to perform. It taught me music theory and history and what it takes to be a professional classical musician. I’ve honestly learned so much in college. Much more than I ever wanted to learn.
You have performed at many amazing places, what has your favorite performance been?
My fave? Hands down would be Glasgow, Scotland with an amazing performance artist and DJ Juliana Huxtable.
Who is someone you’d love to play the harp for?
There’s SOOOOO MANY I can’t name just one!!!
My top 5 would be Solange, Flying Lotus, Dwele, Kaytranada, Kelela.Continue Reading
Life isn’t fair, and it can sometimes get you down. Body image, relationships, the media, all the crazy things going on in the world and everyday life can have a negative effect on you. Women are paid less, told how to act, what to wear, hypersexualized, and often times demonized when they take charge. Life can beat a girl up, but if you are ever feeling less than great these jams will have you feeling a million times better.
10.)All About Me – Syd
Sometimes you have to remind yourself, and everyone else that things have to be all about you. Self-care, work, school, your friends, and whatever else sometimes has to wait.
9.) Borderline (An Ode to Self-Care) – Solange feat. Q Tip
Self-care is something all of us neglect to do enough, but this song will have you getting that much needed pedicure, and taking that nap you’ve been daydreaming about.
8.) Put Your Records On – Corrine Bailey Rae
A beautiful and melodic jam by an amazing artist can change any mood. This song encourages you to “let your hair down” and go after those things that have been on your to-do list since forever.
7.) So What – P!nk
Sometimes relationships don’t go well, and it’s okay because you’re still a rockstar! P!nk lets us know that sometimes the best thing to do is let that relationship go and party.
When you hear the name Kelis, you probably associate it with her most popular songs like Milkshake, Bossy, and Caught Out There. You think of her curly hair, eccentric lyrics, and effortless swag. Truth is, barely any of us give this star the credit she deserves, though. Kelis pioneered the weird, funky, and futuristic looks and music many artists today have made popular.
Kelis found her way into our hearts by letting us know we aren’t the only ones who want to scream “I HATE YOU SO MUCH RIGHT NOW” with her cotton candy hair and haunting video where she commits domestic violence on her cheating ass boyfriend (not a good idea people, it was just a video). Her music has its own style. She almost always tuned up with the super producer group The Neptunes and created absolute magic.
Her songs like “Bossy”, “Sugar Honey Iced Tea”, and “Young Fresh N New”, could come out today and we would never know they were from albums that are about 10 years old.Continue Reading
Detroit songstress Keely Ferguson is a small package full of talent. She’s a singer, songwriter, and full of positive energy.
She’s toured with Demi Lovato, performed her own music all over the country, worked with artists like Icewear Vezzo, Big Sean and more.
Her latest single “NASA” shows you why her resume is so impressive. An ode to love her sweet voice croons over this impeccable record so you won’t want to come back to earth either. Check it out below.
Just a month ago, rapper Kid Cudi checked himself into rehab to deal with his depression and was met with a lot of encouraging words from many of his peers and fans. This made a lot of people realize that even their favorite hip hop artists may be plagued with everyday problems like depression. But we should see signs of depression in some of these artists music.
Lil Wayne, the self-proclaimed best rapper alive, is not always happy about his place in life. From The Drought is Over 2 Weezy’s song I Feel Like Dying illustrates his depressive state that causes him so much agony that living sometimes does not seem worth it. He raps “I can mingle with the stars, and throw a party on Mars. I am a prisoner, locked up behind Xanax bars.I have just boarded a plane, without a pilot and violets are blue, roses are red daisies are yellow, the flowers are dead. Wish I can give you this feeling… I feel like buying and if my dealer don’t have no more, then I feel like dying.”
Even some old school hip hop artists expressed their battle with depression. The Notorious B.I.G.’s song Suicidal Thoughts is a tale of him calling up his friend Puff Daddy, laying all his woes on the table, and killing himself. He says “When I die fuck it I wanna go to hell cuz I’m a piece of shit it ain’t hard to fucking tell.”
So many people identify with these raps because they deal with their own depression, but seldom have we taken full songs crying for help and discussing urges to die seriously. Not every artist has been bold enough to address their suicidal tendencies in a full song, but plenty have brushed on the subject in ordinary rap songs.Continue Reading