In the early days of Hip-Hop—artists Queen LaTifah, Salt n Pepa, Monie Luv, Yo-Yo, Lady of Rage and Patra—basically female MCs had skills and they brought a message! Not only did their lyrics rhyme—but you’d more than likely have to replay the track because the lyrical content combined with the overall message was just so ‘OFF the CHAIN!’
Well fast-forward to 2012 and the conscious female MC is back on the scene! Her name is Soulflower—and much like her name—her music has a lot of SOUL. More accurately put—it’s a force that ‘blooms’ in the coming of all seasons!
Soulflower’s debut album, ELECTRIC MOTHERSHIP, which features Hip-Hop artists: KRS One and Erykah Badu—is filled with purpose. In her own words, Soulflower explains the concept of her album, ELECTRIC MOTHERSHIP.
“It’s intended to electrify the soul…”
In an era where conscious music is almost a lost art form—specifically among the female MCs—it’s a relief to be able to distinguish what’s real from what’s not.
“I continue doing what I do in Hip-Hop because there’s such a need for a conscious, positive woman to come with that kind of soul-fire that’s going to really wake them up and to bring balance to entire generation. It’s my divine purpose and I can’t stop.”
Soulflower has worked with artists: Lauryn Hill, India Irie, Erykah Badu Outkast, The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, KRS One and Nas just to name a few.
Well one thing is for certain—Hip-Hop can definitely use some more conscious MCs these days—male or female!
Soulflower is will be performing in New York City in August [TBA]
Ka’Ja Johnson is a journalist from New York City! While working closely and consistently with COMCAST Media, BET-J, MTV2, JUMPOFF.TV, C.I.N. and now HIPHOPWORLD.com, Ka’Ja has been able to pioneer, hands-on experience with education—making her an ultimate hustler. A woman on the grind, Ka’Ja has interviewed celebrities: singers, athletes, actors, models fashion designers etc.
“I definitely think that Journalists and bloggers alike should have a responsibility to report with integrity! No lies, no hype, just the facts—and the story should pretty much write itself!”
When asked, who her favorite Hip-Hop artists the game right now? Ka’Ja looks like a kid in a candy store, “Tinie Tempah, Tyga, Jay-Z, Swizz BeatZ’, Jadakiss—and YES I STILL LOVE TUPAC! Also too, I’d wish Eve would come out with a new album but I do like some of Nicki Minaj’s stuff!!