LoDo's Women & Hip Hop Series: Part 5
Creating Solutions, Taking Leadership, & Improving The Hip Hop Culture
In Parts 1-4 of my series on women and hip hop, we discussed the problems that have plagued both female artists and fans in the hip hop world recently. We constantly hear people complain about this and that, "this is what's wrong and I don't like it" blah blah blah. That's all grand, but what's the end game? Well my end game with this series? Offer some REAL solutions to the problems. If you're not part of the solution then you're just a part of the problem right?
I chatted with 2 super dope, intelligent beings that are working to offer real solutions and doing their part to make a positive impact on the hip hop world!
Below is my interview with Nadia Piet of Amsterdam, Netherlands, the owner and founder of The TIKA. Nadia is good peoples and really respect the positive vibes she's creating and spreading with The TIKA. Can't wait to take a trip out to Amsterdam to check out some of the dope shows she's putting together! Peace up to Nadia and The TIKA!
Next up, I chatted with Mark Patton. Mark runs a weekly twitter-based music discussion called "The Listening" and is working on a startup called Amplifiher Media. Check out the video below where I interview Mark and hear what we had to say about the state of hip hop and what positive changes are taking place, as well as some possible real world solutions.
Video: LoDo's Exclusive Interview W/ Mark Patton of #TheListening & Amplifiher Media
Okay, so where do we go from here? What's up next, and how is aToJ going to do something? Well stay tuned for the conclusion where I'll discuss how myself and a few other #OZone #Orlando area hip hop heads are creating solutions for getting more female fans actively involved in the hip hop scene! Be excited, part 6 will feature 2 exclusive interviews with LoDo's favorite female mc's!!
If you haven't already, you need to check out part 1-4 of the series! Links below!!!!
LoDo's Women & Hip Hop Series
- Part 1: Dear Hip Hop, What Have You Done With All The Women?
- Part 2: The Balance In Hip Hop
- Part 3: Major Labels, Major Control
- Part 4: The Extinction of the Crew
Healing With Music - a playlist to remember Smitty
It's hard to believe it's already been 2 months since my cousin passed. No matter the capacity that you knew Chris Smith, you probably know of the love he had for music. I've promised many of you that I would send out copies of the memorial playlist, and thanks to some good music and a look through old pictures, I found some motivation to get out of my "writer's block". Take a look/listen and enjoy memories of Chris, you are deeply loved and missed cousin. Forever Young...
LoDo's Women & Hip Hop Series: Part 5 - Creating Solutions
We've finally reached part 5 of LoDo's "Women and Hip Hop" series! In part 5, LoDo chats with Nadia Piet, owner and founder of The TIKA, and Mark Patton of Amplifiher Media and #TheListening. There's enough complaining in the world, it's time to be a solution. We discuss creating solutions to problems that female artists and fans have faced in the hip hop world and ways we can continue to expand on the positivity and empowerment that is embodied in hip hop!
In light of the rape accusation against Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston that has become public knowledge (details of the case which are still unclear) we've seen another wave of "victim blaming". With the various recent public rape cases including the Steubenville Ohio incident in 2012, we are missing an opportunity to have a serious about rape, victims, and our justice system.
LoDo returns with part 4 of her "Women and Hip Hop" series. LoDo chats with pHoenix Pagliacci and discusses the fallout of the crew, and how the lack of family bond has negatively impacted female artists. pHoenix shares some recent collaborations as well as who she's listening to and which dope females are keeping her on her toes.
[Listen] MiKHAL - Live at The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (12/21/13 Downtempo Mix)
Check out the mix of the day from MiKHAL. This Downtempo mix was performed live on 12/21/13, aka the Winter Solstice, at The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. Check the link here to listen to MiKHAL's dope mix (headphones on/subs up)!
Today's Mix of the Day brought to you c/o our new Electronica contributor Brian Baer, follow him at soundcloud.com/brian-baer!