Sisterhood of Hip-Hop: The Actual Music. Part 2

Today we finish my thoughts on the rappers from Oxygen’s Sisterhood of Hip-Hop show. Check Part 1 for my intro to the show, and my thoughts on two of its rappers, Brianna Perry and Bia. Now on to the last three:

Siya

I expected to like her music the most because she’s an open lesbian with a lot of aggressive energy that I thought might be interesting. Where a lot of the girls were very…girly, her musical style seemed much more able to appeal to men’s tastes. E.G., while Diamond was visited on the show by Eve, Siya went to meet Irv Gotti and Ja Rule. Anticipating her actual music, my biggest worry was that it would sound too much like every other mainstream rapper. She showed some cookie-cutter tendencies on the show, and is signed to Tank’s record label for some God-awful reason, so, unfortunately but not unexpectedly, most of the music I found was just as bleh as her show music:

Real MVP

Her singing and hook-writing don’t impress me, and the use of autotune just enhances the artificial nature of the song and video. The mansion setting and Rolls Royce (or is that a Bentley?) are just more nails in the coffin labeled fake. Her verses are delivered decently but the writing isn’t anything special. Her other songs at http://damnsiya.com/music/ are much the same, maybe the beats are more hip-hop but she’s still not doing any one thing good enough to warrant further listens. Out of my sampling, the one song that did anything for me was Vent Session:

So clearly, when motivated, she can rap and can pick better beats, ones that have some much-needed ruggedness to them. Too bad she’s almost never motivated to do it. Instead she’s making music like everyone else in the mainstream, which is quickly becoming a pattern for these ladies…

Nyemiah Supreme

I’ve seen Nyemiah freestyle on Hot 97 so I thought I knew what to expect. A hardcore rapper from New York who could use some work on her bars but at least she had a good foundation to build on…

Don’t Ask Me No Questions

Sooo…she regresses like 80 steps and copies an Atlanta style that requires exactly zero rapping ability. How…exciting. A song about nothing where you don’t rap and the overall sound is indistinguishable from the myriad other songs made in this style. I’m not feeling it at all. Mrs. knowledge likes it but admits that it’s like Nyemiah gave up trying to be a real rapper.

In the interest of not being totally negative, here’s her Hot 97 freestyle. It’s pretty damn good

even though she claimed she’d be releasing intelligent music and and dumbass No Questions is what’s she currently pushing. But I’m bitter or nothin’…

Diamond

Where the fuck is her music? Her website’s music page is utterly empty, and I can’t find any new songs on her youtube, or linked from her twitter profile. All she seems to be currently promoting is a series of vlogs, and a calendar! Even Oxygen seemed to have this same problem. Back in August, they posted short pieces with links/embeds of each cast member’s music. Everyone else had a current song linked, but Diamond’s article linked to music from 2012, along with Knuck If You Buck from her Crime Mob days back in 2000-freaking-4! So it seems that she hasn’t released anything lately, even though I remember one episode where she tested a good verse for a new song that I’d hoped would be out by now. But I guess she’s got other “priorities” right now?

Final Thoughts

I’m really disappointed with Oxygen and TI (executive producer) for not putting together a better group of women emcees. It’s as if real female rappers are so rare that they had to scrape together a show using some girls who don’t even seem like they want to be rappers in the first place. Of course, I know that better examples exist. I pretty much hated Dreezy’s mixtape but I can’t deny her apparent passion for rapping. And I should have known better than to hope for much from the mainstream, and especially from TI, given that his other recent foray into female hip-hop is the Frankenstein’s Monster, built for crossover, known as Iggy Azalea. I just hate to see a major platform for a very underrepresented group in hip-hop be wasted instead of being used more effectively.

I definitely plan to check out that Bia mixtape soon, and I’ll probably follow Siya and Nyemiah Supreme for at least a little while in case they wake up soon.

2 thoughts on “Sisterhood of Hip-Hop: The Actual Music. Part 2”

  1. Sigh. Oh well, I shouldn’t have expected too much from a T.I. platform seeing as the guy has mostly managed to only have an eye on potential moneymakers when spotting potential (Lil Jon’ and Iggy Azalea) the only time T.I. has spotted genuine talent is when he found DJ Toomp. Another thing that disappoints me is that most of the female rappers that I have heard can usually rock a freestyle or an EP but when it comes to an actual project they flop most of the time. Why is that? Is it because they are trying too hard to garner mainstream attention? Or is it a different case in which they feel they have to throw every single idea they ever had because the project might be their only chance at a career in music? A lot of male rappers flop when it comes to their actual debut projects, but why does it seem female rappers are more prone to fail? Could it be that the typical rap audience is dominated by males? All these thoughts come through my head when listening to these songs on here. Thanks for the food for thought, it was a treat for the brain.

    1. I think the main issue is that the mainstream does not believe in female rap. So the same general major label problems, little album promotion unless they KNOW they’ll make the money back, small album budgets for the same reason, no artist development, no motivation to take a chance on an artist who sounds different, are all enhanced for female artists. And they’re reluctant to pick up female rappers, so there are less chances for us to see any good ones. Regarding your either-or question, I’d guess that the latter happens because of the former. They try to please everyone to get that mainstream appeal.

      I don’t know if the labels still think the hip-hop audience is all-male. I see the ratchet shit from Atlanta get much love from women, and Minaj has proven that there are other types of people who support hip-hop. So it seems obvious to me, enough that I expect the labels to know this as well. But I also know that labels are risk-adverse to the point of not wanting to take a chance. I think that’s a huge downfall for female rappers

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