Hip Hop since the beginning was the most realest form of music written in the modern era. Hard hitting beats, mixing, turntables, and some of the hottest DJ’s on the 1’s & 2’s, the emcee found itself to be the voice of the overall culture. Through those voices, we heard songs like “The Message, Fight the Power, etc. bringing the dozens to the beats. It was that type of music that gave hip hop its cutting edge and allowed for young men and women to express themselves through this newly established platform. Since the beginning of time women have been at the forefront of life itself. Women are the creators of life. This may be a man’s world, but it would be absolutely nothing without a women or a girl”. James Brown
Women have gone from knowing their roles in life into becoming the kings in their homes fulfilling the roles that men sometime fall short of. It has become very disappointing that in 2015 women in hip hop have to fight hard to get the respect that is long overdue.
Since the beginning of hip hop back in the1970s, women have played a major role in establishing the hip hop culture. Yes, there were just as many successful women as men. There were artists such as MC Shy Rock who is the first lady in hip hop, and then comes Lady B who went on to record a whole album. After that were a countless amount of female artists such as Shelia E, Salt & Pepper, The Real Roxanne, etc. Women were respected because if not they would have to face other emcees such as Roxanne Shantae, MC Lyte, and the queen, “Latifah, who did not hesitate to reestablish that order. Women always played a major part of the hip hop industry, and have been around since its birth. With that comes one of the most positive female emcees out there today; Rima Aanjay also known as Spoken Word. She is compared to a very diverse group of artists, and indeed she is. Rima uses her gifts wisely as she is known for being the voice for the voiceless that often goes unheard.
Rima Aanjay is a beautiful talent and hip hop in its purest form. She is appreciated most for her wiliness to be herself despite what the average female rapper is expected to be today. She has a glowing personality that creates exuberant work through the liveliness of her voice. Most female rappers are intended to put on this vixen image or bad girl image. The one thing that is truly ignored is the fact that they are all women first. There is no man in this world that can relate to that or understand that no more than a women can tell a man how to be a man. Rima Aanjay brings real feminine issues and struggles to the table because to teach each is what rap intended.
Sometimes I feel as if hip hop isn’t ready for change. We continuously relive the crack era. If you lived during that time, you would clearly understand why it’s not anything to talk about, be about, nor brag about. We are all just simply happy to be alive and to have made it out of that era. But you don’t hear me though. Rima
Rima is known as a Radical emcee in many places where she has performed. That radical voice is not far from females voices that embraced our culture in times past. In order to even talk about radicalism in hip hop today from the female perspective, you have to look back in the past to artists such as Lauryn Hill, Sista Souljah, etc. In order to move forward, we sometimes have to look back. It’s essential in hip hop to understand it fully so that fans can enjoy the fullness of the overall culture. If you really keep your ears to the streets, you would know that people have been asking for more for years. The success of companies such as Spotify, Pandora, etc, comes from people’s hunger for real music; more music. As long as those particular services feed that hunger, they will always be in business.
Long gone are the days when you can turn on the radio and hear a variety of culturally diverse artists unless you live in a big city. Long gone are the days where we can hear some real dope instrumentals without listening to the lyrics. Long gone are the days, when you can go to a freestyle battle and actually hear an emcee spit real raps over dope tracks. Battle competitions look more like a spoken word competition today.
Although I was exposed to a variety of hip hop artists growing up in VA, it was more commercial artists. Living in New York for a few years taught me all about the underground network, and since then, I have discovered so many dope artists from all over the world. I’ve always been an emcee. It’s amazing that I had not heard of many of them before because their fan base is so huge. That’s very disappointing because the overall culture is not getting at least half of what hip hop has to offer. Thanks to social networking I can find the type of music I like listening to and not what I’ve been directed to listen to. That’s a definite game changer for me. I feel like the world is missing out on what’s really happening underground. Rima Aanjay
Rima Aanjay is due to release her third album later on this year. She is also working on her second book. She most recently signed a deal with Music Blvd Group and is best known for her classic album, “Hip Hop Will Never Die”. To hear more from this artists please visit MTV’s Artists Network.