Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott Among Select Female Hip-Hop Artists (In Continually Male Dominated Genre) To Be Honored by VH1

Posted by Billyjam, July 10, 2016 02:20pm | Post a Comment

In advance of tomorrow's (July 11, 2016) broadcast of VH1's Hip Hop Honors ceremony, honoree Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott discusses in the above preview clip how she figures she personally influenced hip-hop music. The artist, whose 1997 album Supa Dupa Fly is a classic of the genre, will be among several women honored in tomorrow evening's broadcast (9pm on the East and West Coasts and 8pm Centra) that will  be a welcome tribute to women in hip-hop. The  program will also celebrate the respective careers of fellow female hip-hop icons Lil' Kim, Queen Latifah and Salt-N-Pepa featuring DJ Spinderella. The music videos for each of these artists, that appear below, showcase their spectacular respective individual talents. They also remind us, despite the achievements of female artists such as the multi-talented rapper/producer Elliot who has sold 30 million records to date, that women artists, decade after decade, continue to remain a minority within the male dominated hip-hop music industry. I have addressed the topic here before in previous articles such as one in Marcconscious daughtersh 2009 with the heading Why Is Ratio of Female to Male Rappers Still So Uneven?  In that piece former Tommy Boy Records president Monica Lynch, who signed Queen Latifah back in the late 80's and continued to work with the artist after long after both had left the label, offered that, "When you look at rap as a subset of the hip-hop culture at large, you see that a vast vast majority of the Dqueen latifah all hail the queenJs were male, a vast majority of the graffiti artists were guys, the vast majority of the breakdance crews were men, and the vast majority of the rappers were male. So it was just an extension of the origins of hip-hop culture being a predominantly male culture." 

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In Advance of 2nd Annual Women's Empowerment Show, CMG of The Conscious Daughters Reflects on Her Pioneering Career

Posted by Billyjam, March 5, 2016 01:51pm | Post a Comment

Presented by and Venus Rising, tonight's 2nd Women's Empowerment Show at Oakland's Starline Social Club promises a "celebration of Women's contributions in Hip Hop" with a showcase of the Bay Area's best talents, including co-headliners DJ Pam The Funkstress and CMG of The Conscious Daughters (TCD). These two pioneering women in Bay Area hip-hop, whose histories date back three decades, will be joined on the bill by a generation of women artists who look to them as role models in a traditionally male-dominated field. Hosted by Breathless and Charity Clay, tonight's show features Ryan Nicole, Yani, Fem Deadly Venoms, and DJ Deeandroid. While the ratio of women to men in hip-hop has always been unbalanced at least today there are more hip-hop artists overall so the number
is larger. Women DJs in hip-hop, from when Pam TheFunkstress started out as DJ in The Coup, have always been a minority group. Same for emcees like Carla "CMG" Green whose history dates back to the mid-eighties when she would stop by the El Cerrito High studios of KECG to hang out with her future TCD partner in rhyme, the late Karryl "Special One" Smith who tragically died in December 2011.

In advance of tonight's Women's Empowerment Show, scheduled during Women's History Month, I caught up with the Bay Area hip-hop pioneer Carla "CMG" Green to reflect back on her long career and her role as a female in a male dominated field, her top favorite female hip-hop artists of all time, and other things too including one that comes to mind during this presidential political season.

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15 Months After The Death Of The Conscious Daughters' Special One, Fellow TCD MC CMG Has "Regrouped And Reinvented" Herself

Posted by Billyjam, March 31, 2013 01:32pm | Post a Comment

Coming to terms with, and starting to get over the death of someone close takes time. For each person this amount of time can vary. For Carla Green, aka femcee CMG of legendary Oakland female hip-hop duo The Conscious Daughters, it has taken up until now, 15 months since the sudden death of her longtime partner in rhyme Karryl "Special One" Smith, to feel like she has come to terms with the sudden passing of her "sister" and musical partner of two decades.

For The Conscious Daughters' CMG, whose rap name is an acronym for "Cash Makin Girl," it was only earlier this month when she felt fully ready to go out and perform the Daugther's music again. The show was a special show celebrating National Women's History Month two weeks ago at Yoshi's San Francisco on a bill along with Suga T, Yo-Yo, Lady of Rage, and The Coup's DJ Pam The Funkstress.

The concert was the first show that CMG felt ready to do since Special One's passing but it wasn't the first show she had  done. "That was the second show I did without Special One," she told the Amoeblog recently. "The first was when I had opened up for Too $hort back in March of 2012 and it was just too soon for me to perform.  I felt so empty and “not there”.  I was onstage but I was 100% absent. It was like I was in a dream and just standing there rapping. It wasn’t a good look!," she shared. But fast forward to March 2013 and CMG was finally ready, she says.  "I am [now] at peace with Special One’s death. I have regrouped and reinvented myself. I have a new DJ (Deeandroid) and she is fabulous.  We have been rehearsing and vibin’ – so, for this last show with Rage & DJ Pam, Yo-Yo and Suga-T, I was in rare form, feeling good, and really feeling juiced about performing again." Part of that reinvention and regrouping for CMG is realizing that she now has the responsibility "to carry on the legacy of Conscious Daughters" but that she is not doing it alone.  "I do feel that Special One is there on stage with me and most definitely watching over me….and I always hear Spesh’s voice in the back of my mind telling me what to do," she said adding that having DJ Deeandroid up on stage with her as her new partner is a real positive as a performer. "I don’t feel all alone and I can vibe off of her," she said of the gifted turntablist who many know as one half of the DJ duo Deeandroid & Celskiii.

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Update on Cause of Death of Special One of The Conscious Daughters & How To Donate To Fund for Rapper's Family

Posted by Billyjam, December 13, 2011 01:15pm | Post a Comment
Carla "CMG" Green of The Conscious Daugthers (TCD) just posted an update on her Facebook page to say that Karryl "Special One" Smith, her partner in rhyme in the longtime Bay Area female rap duo, who died suddenly on Saturday last (Dec 10th), tragically passed due "to complications from a blood clot." She also noted that fans of the hip-hop group who would like to make a donation to the family of Special One can do so either by a bank transfer or via PayPal.

"We have set up a memorial fund so the family can give her a beautiful home going. She meant so much to so many people. No contribution is too small as she also [has] a son who will need to be cared for," wrote CMG  who is pictured to right in accompanying TCD photo album cover art for their final release together - The Nutcracker Suite from 2009. The Memorial Fund for Karryl "Special One" Smith has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank Acct# 193939865. Folks can also donate via "any amount" by PayPal. Meanwhile funeral services for Special One are scheduled for 11am, Saturday, Dec 17th at a still to be announced East Bay location.

Special One of The Conscious Daughters Has Died

Posted by Billyjam, December 11, 2011 01:31pm | Post a Comment
Conscious Daughters "Something to Ride To (Fonky Expedition)"

Really sad news for Bay Area hip-hop fans has been spreading online all day today that much loved femcee Karryl Smith, aka Special One of longtime East Bay hip-hop duo Conscious Daughters, has died. So far the cause of death is unknown of the artist who first came to fame care of The Conscious Daughters' (TCD) 1993 debut album Ear To The Street (on Paris' Scarface Records label) and its hit single (video above) "Something to Ride To (Fonky Expedition)."

Since then TCD released only two albums, 1996's Gamers and The Nutcracker Suite from two years ago, while CMG recently released a solo album The Jane Of All Trades featuring the lead single/video "All My Life (Let's Do It) featuring Truth Speaks" that was featured just yesterday in the Hip-Hop Rap Up Amoeblog. About an hour ago a still in shock CMG, via her Facebook page, made this statement about the tragic passing of her musical partner and best friend: "Thank you to everyone for your prayers I need them. I am sick over the loss of my sister. The cause of death is still unknown but I will try to share info when I get it. Pray for me and Karryls other sisters Jessica and Tonya. We are all together trying to get through this."

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