Saturday, July 12, 2008

Jean Grae

Check out this interview Jean Grae did with the Village Voice. Its a really powerful piece that touches on the lack of control artists have over their art in general. And the further marginalization that comes along with being a black, female, hip hop artist.

On her new album Jeanius she wrote a powerful song called "My Story" about her abortion and miscarriage. Her label is now attempting to record a video for this song, which she is vehemently against. When asked about it in the interview, she said this:

The interesting duality comes from being female and immediately being written off saying anything—it's: "Oh, she's complaining again. See? And that's why bitches shouldn't rap." It's an interesting place to stand. It's sort of a "damned if you do, damned if you don't." I do wanna very much take a position on this song and this record and this video, because it would be insane of me not to.

i definetly encourage you to check out the article and her hot new album.


1 comment:

Dumi said...

Yo, I'm slipping. I didn't realize Jeanius actually dropped. Dang, now I have to go out and really support some artists. I'll be buying (yes this is a major feat) Jean Grae, Invincible, Janelle Monae, and dang forgot the last one. Thanks for the post.