Martini Rox: My Mic Sounds NiceWritten by Martini Rox | | firstname.lastname@example.org
There is an underground movement of women across the country who work to uplift and protect the true image of women in hip-hop. Imagery devoid of breast implants and butt injections, female emcees that can battle and take out male counterparts any day anywhere. Women like this exist up the road in Detroit where there is a home for art, and all the elements of hip-hop at the 5E Gallery, which also houses The Foundation, a group of ubertalented female emcees, DJs and poets.
I had the honor of meeting and watching these women perform live on Eastern Michigan University’s campus where I hosted their annual My Mic Sounds Nice The Remix: A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop. It was a mind-blowing experience that included men and women of all ages and races. They offered performances, open mic and a cipher for everyone to join. The Foundation was the major feature of the night with a line-up of some of Detroit’s finest female artists. Founder Piper Carter aka DJ Auset presented her crew with confidence, but allowed the work speak for itself.
Mahogany Jones: Beautiful, statuesque and regal, this shining star quietly escaped during the show to take a moment for a radio interview before returning later to perform her set. Originally from Brooklyn, she honed her skills in Detroit as a deep poetic and revolutionary emcee. Her style and grace works well with her jazzy Hip-Hop set. She was sure not to overdo, leaving you begging for more. Mahogany Jones has just released her album, ‘”Pure” available on iTunes.
Miz Korona (MC/Actress) hits you more like an energy drink as she rocks the mic hard! A true performer, she got the crowd up as she paraded around the room connecting with fans while shocking them with her insightful lyrics and witty punch lines. After the room fell in love with her, she then revealed to everyone why she might look familiar to them. Miz Karona was the girl who free styled against Xzibit in the movie “8 Mile.” “I knew it” and “told you so” were expressed physically and verbally as she continued with her set of tough beats with rhymes to match. Listen to her new album, “The Injection” on iTunes.
Abstract Jazz is a no-nonsense poet! The truth hurts and her spoken word/rap approach smooths the message out without watering down the intent. Asking and answering questions through her rhymes, her connection to the audience leaves them hanging on her every emphasized word. She left a lasting impression as one to watch in Midwest spoken word/Hip-Hop. Booking info: Thejazzyone@gmail.com.
Jaci Caprice complemented the women as the songstress of the group adding a soulful voice as unexpected as the talent she possessed when she delivered her music. She has the ability to freestyle her singing to fit in any cipher, which is an impressive skill. She wasn’t afraid to jump in and assist/showcase all night. Hear the sounds of Jaci Caprice at www.soundcloud.com/jaci-caprice
D.S.Sense is best described as a quiet storm. Her smile can light up a room, but when she starts to rhyme the chills that run up your spine cannot be denied. Her flow is amazing and her lyrics are divine. The pride of Detroit runs through her set as she performs an ode to her city saying, “I’m on my Detroit Sh*t.” D.S.Sense doesn’t move around a lot while performing, but her words moved the crowd. When she finished her set she left us all wondering how artists like these women go unheard. Her album “Space Audissey” is available at www.dssense.bandcamp.com/.
Every Tuesday, The Foundation hosts an open mic celebrating a night filled with the most talented female DJ’s, MC’s, B-Girls and Graffiti artists from 6-9 p.m. Experience an unforgettable Tuesday night at the 5E Gallery at 4605 Cass Ave., Detroit.
For more information about 5E Gallery and/or booking The Foundation visit: 5egallery.org
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