She Got Next: What The Next Generation of Hip-Hop Practitioners and Scholars Sound Like
"A lot of people still think girls can't rap," says veteran rapper/producer Ang13, one of the city's most respected MCs for the past decade. Source Magazine named her one of the undergrounds "best kept secretes" and is one of the most respected icons in midwest hip-hop. Her music has graced such projects as The 2000 Census, Nike Mix CD, Sprite Mix Tape, Chicago Rocks, The 50 Man Cipher(Rec Center), Chicago vs. New York, along with her own solo EP Phat as Yo' Mama which sold 7,000 in one month.
Rita J is a long-time member of the world-famous All Natural, Inc. family. Rita's highly-anticipated debut solo album Artist Workshop was released this year. Rita rhymed on tracks from an impressive collection of producers including DJ Spinna, Black Spade, and Jungle Brothers. Rita J grew up in a southern suburb of Chicago and in 2001 graduated from Southern Illinois University with a B.A. in Mass Communications and Media Arts. She now resides in Atlanta where she is currently working as a model.
Natalie Y. Moore is a public affairs reporter at Chicago Public Radio. She is co-author of Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation. Natalie has worked for several newspapers and magazines. She's happy to be finally living back in her hometown.