Anjuli Stars – “It’s Yours” (Video)

Miami’s Anjuli Stars drops the visuals for “It’s Yours” from her latest project , Starvation Vol. 2.

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Rapsody Talks Female Artists in the Rap Industry, Competition, and More

Rapsody recently sat down with HipHopDX to discuss the position of women in the hip-hop/rap industry, her competition, musical influences, and more.  Read a few excerpts from the interview below.

HipHopDX: Obviously you being a female emcee, I mentioned before a lot of times the choices females have to make that maybe weren’t around 10 or more years ago. Back then to be an emcee, female or not, for the most part you had to be dope on the mic. A lot of people, especially these days, even females don’t think women can rap as well as guys or aren’t taken as seriously. Do you feel that women are maybe nudged away from being an emcee to being a sex symbol?

Rapsody: Oh yeah without a doubt, the scales are very tipped in that area. It’s kind of like they’re trying to make, nowadays what I see is they’re trying to make female rappers like a character, all of them are characters. I don’t wanna bring anybody up ’cause I don’t wanna turn you away but it’s really like we’re supposed to be characters or sex symbols whether it’s the Barbie doll or something else. There’s nothing wrong with that but when you try to do it for every female emcee that you push like, who’s that? I remember earlier before I signed with [Jamla Records], when I was first signing like really serious and stuff, I had went to see a manager, I had just got off work and I worked at Foot Action so I had on some working clothes and I walked in and he didn’t ask to hear any music. He just looked at me up and down, well he heard one song and then he looked me up and down and he said, “We just got to put you in a skirt with some heels.” And I was like, “No. Flat out, no.” And I think that’s what it is especially with the videos and TV and what you look like, having to do with your music nowadays. Even with male rappers, worse with females but even with males you kind of have to have this whole package. You have to dress a certain way. Like Kendrick [Lamar], he can rap his ass off but Kendrick likes to wear button-ups now and the slick shoes, it’s kind of like you have to have a whole brand with it but, like you said with the females, the brand has to be sexy and I’ve definitely had to struggle with it and I think that’s why it’s taking me a lot longer to feel the progress that I wanna feel. I had to drop three mixtapes and an EP to even make this much noise where men, they could drop one mixtape and they’re on. Like Joey BadA$$ dropped one mixtape, and he’s on so it’s a struggle but at the end of the day you play the cards that you’re dealt. So I just make the best of the situation and just stick true to myself because at the end of the day 9th always told me good music will move itself and if you keep pushing it, it might be hard but if you eventually stick with it, you’ll get there and that’s what I’ve always tried to focus on.

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Kreayshawn Interviews with The FADER

Duncan Cooper of The FADER recently interviewed Kreayshawn.  During their discussion, Kreayshawn delved into how she ended up rapping, whether being good at rapping is important, and more.  Check out a couple of excerpts from the interview below.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I get the sense that you fell into making music almost by accident. I’ve been making music for hella long, but I fell into doing it as a profession. It was always something I did for fun. I’d open up GarageBand and rip a beat off YouTube, smoke hella weed and freestyle to it. [After “Gucci Gucci”] it became hella serious. It was shocking to me. Now, I’ve never been so busy in my life. I’m just happy the album’s done so I can do a whole bunch of stuff and incorporate it together. I’m doing the creative direction for my album, from merch design to logo design and stuff like that, and all the videos. This past month I’ve been on ten video sets. Mine, other people’s, music videos, commercials, fucking anything. Sometimes I’m like, Do you think you have enough time to do that? But I refuse to have someone else direct my thing. I’m like, What? There’s no point! I can do this. I went to film school. We did “Gucci Gucci” without the label, and it still had that many views whether or not the label was involved. It takes a lot to trust an artist, and it takes a lot to trust in the label.

Is being good at rapping important? It’s all about how you feel about music. You have to love music. It doesn’t matter if you’re good or not. It’s your passion for music that makes it good. I have partners who can’t rap for shit on wax, but I love them as a person because they’re hilarious and I know they love music. People who love music get far. My homegirl Chippy Nonstop loves music and her music is good because she loves it. She’s hilarious. She’s like that girl who you want to be but you can’t, because you’re scared of what other people are gonna think of you. I wanna be gnarly. But I can’t. To be gnarly, you have to drink, and I don’t drink. So I’m like, trying to figure out how to be gnarly. I used to be gnarly. Doing graffiti was pretty gnarly. I used to go out all night and paint the town, straight up paint the windows of Sears and scratch shit and carve my name into shit. That’s gnarly. I’ve definitely been playing it super safe since I’ve been signed. But fuck it, I want to be gnarly!

Do you think “Gucci Gucci” helped open doors for a new generation of female rappers? I want to think that way but I don’t want to claim responsibility for none of that. I’m not responsible for anyone else’s shit but my own. You never know until you’re a part of something. I didn’t know about female rappers and the internet music industry until I was a part of it. I didn’t know what the fuck I was doing. But maybe I somehow did. Everyone who’s getting signed right now, their buzz must come from the internet. That’s the only buzz you can have. I mean, what are you gonna do, have everyone in your hometown write a letter to Columbia, like, “We really dig this artist, here’s their demo tape!” It’s cool to see the playing field leveled out that this guy Chief Keef can be just as great as a rapper as T.I. because they’re at the same field now. But with the internet, music changes every day. It literally has to be from this week. Like the M.I.A. “Bad Girls” video? That video was so fucking legendary. That song, that video blew my mind like, and it should be played everywhere right now. For it to just happen and then, you know, everybody on to the next thing—it’s just crazy. Everything on the internet is disposable, almost. I haven’t had internet or cable at my house for two months now, so I’m like 20 years behind on music in internet time. I’ve missed the rise and fall of many artists in this two months. Shit.

Maybe I’m a bit off-based, but I’m not quite sure why Duncan Cooper would ask Kreayshawn about whether her debut song opened the doors for a new generation of female rappers.  Maybe I’m out of the loop as to why “Gucci Gucci” was considered “legendary” or “groundbreaking.”  What do you think?

Read the entire interview here.

Azealia Banks Chats about Being Turned Down by Dipset, Gaining Fans Overseas, and More with VIBE

Azealia Banks recently sat down with Tracy Garraud of VIBE in which she talked about being brushed over by Dame Dash and Juelz Santana, the growth of her fanbase overseas, doing what she wants musically and more.  Check some excerpts below.

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Nitty Scott, MC and SIYA Make Complex’s “10 New NY Rappers To Look Out For” List

Even though these ladies have been doing their thing for a minute now, Complex has recognized Nitty Scott, MC and SIYA has new rappers that folks should take notice to as a part of their “10 New NY Rappers To Look Out For” list.  Check out what Complex had to say about the ladies below.

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