THE ARCHIVE-LADIES FIRST 05.14.05
This week on THE ZRO HOUR we salute the female rappers and MCs who paved the way for the LIL KIMs and FOXY BROWNs of today. We take you through some of the most influential songs and flows. How can we forget YO YO, BOSS, SWEET TEE & JAZZY JOYCE, and ANTOINETTE to name a few? Well if you did, check the show and get familiar (sorry Clinton Sparks). THE ZRO HOUR also features an interview with co-host PROPHECY. PROPHECY has been featured on the show in the past. Check the UNSIGNED SHOWCASE for a display of her skills. She blessed us with a new freestyle on the show.
The ladies of Hip Hop have much to say and contribute to the culture. From the first known all female rap group, MERCEDES LADIES (1979), to SEQUENCE and SHA ROCK from the FUNKY FOUR PLUS ONE, the impact has been felt ever since. There are so many that don’t get much shine or recognition such as MICHIE MEE from Toronto, SPARKY DEE, NIKKI D and even presently JEAN GRAE.
LADIES FIRST 05.14.05
I CRAM TO UNDASTAND U- MC Lyte
MY MIC SOUNDS NICE- Salt –N- Pepa
I GOT AN ATTTITUDE- Antoinette
PAPER THIN- MC Lyte
HAVE A NICE DAY- Roxanne Shante
PRINCESS OF THE POSSE- Queen Latifah
ITS MY BEAT- Sweet Tee & Jazzy Joyce
MACKSTRESS- YO YO
AFRO PUFFS- The Lady of Rage
DRUGS- LIL Kim
DON’T RUSH ME- Jean Grae
PASS THE BLUNT- Missy Elliot
SUPERFREAK- Foxy Brown
I FAKED IT- Gangsta Boo
TIGHT- Rah Digga
U.N.I.T.Y.- Queen Latifah
ROXANNE SHANTE vs. SPARKY DEE
El Extremes Electric Cabaret:
SPIC CHIC: the musical
S.panish P.eople I.n C.ontrol
Although I am familiar with his work and THE ZRO HOUR now features a section dedicated to exposing many of our listeners to his work, I had not seen EL EXTREME and his NEW EDGE THEATER troupe perform. This past Friday, May 6th, I went to see El Extreme at the WINGS Theater in the West Village section of Manhattan. Although it was a cold, rainy night, a small crowd of the faithful made it down to see and hear from one the most creative and passionate poets our diverse city has to offer. We actually were there during the recording of an audio and DVD project to be published in the near future. El Extreme's ELECTRIC CABARET took us on a reflective journey through the experience of living in the barrios of NYC. Not just environmental conditions but the energy and vibe of the residents. El Extreme flowed between characters and personas so effortlessly while commanding your attention with the various inflections of his rich voice.
Primarily spoken in English, his words would also resonate in Spanish. My understanding of espanol may not be fluent but the emotion of his presentation kept me following along. El Extreme's performance was framed by the musical talents of Brian Tully on bass, Adam Amram on conga, and guitarists Kee Kee Elvis and Paul Decoster. The musical backdrop consisted of jazzy, latin textures subtly adding the right ambience to the power of his voice. During his performance, he was joined onstage by the beautiful and sexy poetess MARIA HERNANDEZ aka LOLA MAGDALENA, Latin King poet and MC, EL DAVID and reggaeton singer, LUNA FINA. Maria Hernandez presented a sexually charged monologue about pride, self respect and self love. Her pauses between lines allowed your brain to spin, contemplating what was previously spoken. El David delivered a powerful spoken word/rap on the anguish of dealing with racism and poverty while maintaining self pride. Reggaeton singer, Luna Fina gave a performance full of rapid fire wordplay allowing a preview of what's to come from this upcoming artist.
El Extreme with New Edge Theater presented one of the most polished, passionate performances that I had seen in some time. It will not be long before recognition catches up with their art. Stay tuned to THE ZRO HOUR and check the site often for more of his work and info on current performances.