They say that there aren’t any real female emcees out there. Planet Ill knows that’s a lie because we cover them regularly. Whether or not they get mainstream attention is another thing but in the end, that doesn’t mean they don’t have skill. Enter Genesis Be, a femcee who has been rapping since her early teens. She’s currently a fellowship student and NYU’s Clive Davis School of Recorded music.
The Biloxi native now lives in Harlem, pushing her dreams up top while continuing her involvement in the community with her own Strive Till I Rise Campaign and her work with children, doing workshops on teen pregnancy, domestic violence and HIV/AIDS. That’s a lot on the back of a young woman, but the question remains: can she rap? She certainly has moxie and a wide range of music to accompany her journey from the delta to the city that never sleeps.
In the video we talk about the expectations of a female emcee and how they are treated in the business. How does she balance a fellowship with a career and what are the differences in the game from North to South? She talks memories of Tupac’s music, chance meetings on tour with the Ying Yang Twinz and producer Chink Santana and why she’ll never accept being called a bitch.
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