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Philly-based rapper Queen Jo is a lyrical beast. The incredibly sharp emcee has been making music for the last 15 years, but it was only 3 years ago that she decided to start making music publicly. Her background in journalism and political science give her music a conscious edge, and her catchy repetitive choruses and dance-worthy beats put her in multiple lanes.
“I'd consider my music to be pop/hip hop music. Though most people would probably disagree. I feel like being a feminist and pro-black and deeply rooted in my beliefs and a cause makes my music Hip Hop because it captures the spirit and woes of a certain people; the passion that goes into it is very raw. I'd also consider my music to be pop, because it has "popular music" elements to it,” she explains.
She grew up listening to Queen Latifah and Lil’ Kim, and anybody who knows her will tell you that she’s a hardcore Mary J Blige fan.
“Don't ever take me to a karaoke if you aren't a fan because I'm doing everything from Whats the 411 to The London Tapes. I'd like to think I was stuck in the 90s all around.”
She currently vibes to a variety of nubian goddesses including Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Amel Larrieux, Solange, FKA Twigs, Imani Coppala and old FeFe Dobson.
Queen Jo is well versed in the history of women in Hip Hop. While she came-up listening to a slew of powerful femcees, she is aware of the harsh truth about some of her favorite songs.
“As most people know, especially in hip hop, many women didn't write their own rhymes. Even hard hitting female emcees of the 90s like Lady of Rage, Salt N Pepa, etc. have female anthems written by men. To find that out was devastating to me, but that doesn't take away their talent as emcees.”
That reality only fuels her desire to write her own bars.
“My overall music goal is to write music that is authentically reflective of the female experience.”
In a nutshell, Queen Jo is a muh-fuggin badass and her spirit is much needed in today's musical drought.
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