DMV rapper gives Generation NEXT's first female MC appearance
(July 28th, 2009)---In the days where video models and strippers get record deals, one would think an uninhibited and revealing style would emerge from these female rappers.
But they would have to be lyricists to make that type of impression, like, a true emcee.
RA the MC is bringing back rap for all those who can reproduce, birthing what hip-hop heads feel has been absent from a woman's perspective---true artistry. Now being the first female MC to grace the stage with the cast of the Generation NEXT tour, RA's musical craft along with her super persona makes for a well-rounded show on July 31st at Europa Nightclub in Brooklyn.
"It's always dope to have a female presence on any show," said RA. "I honestly try not to look at the female part at the end of the day, but I know I can probably hang with most of the male MC's."
That means rocking the stage with her DMV counter-parts, M1 Platoon, who will release they're 5th independent project "We Not Them- pt. III."
RA won't be the only woman on set. Carlitta Durand, the r&b songstress who travels with the cranking live band known as Fat Snacks, has been the only female artist thus far in a crew of nearly fifteen men.
"It hasn't been hard though, probably because I work around family." says Durand as she thinks about her tenure in the industry. "All the men that I work with, I consider family, like M1 Platoon and Phonte, Little Brother. I've been treated well...been smooth sailing," she says smilingly.
Who you work with counts for everything. With Judah, one of the best producers in the DMV and counting, supporting RA on the Strange Music label, she takes on a lot of the heat surrounding artists of her caliber...and of her gender.
"I'm competing with so many women that thinks the 'sex-sells' rap is the only way to go," says RA. "The whole stigma of just being a female rapper makes me compete even harder...."
"....while everyone is going the sexed-up route, I'm doing the opposite."
*****Find RA the MC alongside M1 Platoon and Carlitta Durand w/ Fat Snacks @ Club Europa on Friday, July 31st.