For years, Meryem Saci usually discovered herself being certainly one of solely two or three feminine hip hop artists performing in Quebec’s live shows and festivals. She says that hasn’t modified a lot since she kicked off her musical profession.
“We do not appear to have as a lot alternatives for publicity, or being featured, or simply having as a lot entry to the scene on the mainstream stage,” stated Saci.
“From my perspective, it appears that the main target was much more on the custom of hip hop in Quebec being principally in French to start with, and principally males.”
That is why Saci joined forces with 5 different feminine hip hop artists in Quebec to launch the EP #Rapelles, in honour of Worldwide Ladies’s Day final month.
Saci’s music for the EP, “Les Ailes,” is an ode to breaking stereotypes and the stigma round feminine rappers.
“In the lyrics, I do talk about us breaking the chains, the stigmas, the stereotypes,” stated Saci. “When it comes to giving ourselves the chance to take the mic, to take a stand.”
For the reason that album was launched, the #Rapelles motion has grown right into a wider social media marketing campaign, and has allowed a community of feminine hip hop artists and followers to attach with one another and collaborate.
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The ladies met as much as shoot a promotional video for the discharge. For lots of them, the day of the shoot was their first time assembly one another in-person.
“Some I knew from earlier than and a few I simply met then,” stated Saci. “It was simply such a ravishing encounter, all people was down for one another and supportive and excited to be a part of one thing like that and embracing our variations.”
Saci stated, other than smashing the stereotype that good hip hop artists must be male, the undertaking additionally challenged the stereotype that ladies are all aggressive with each other and jealous of one another.
“This was not aggressive in any respect. If something, it was an enormous sisterhood and we barely knew one another so it was actually cool,” stated Saci.
OneNessa, who was additionally featured on #Rapelles along with her music, “Partir,” feels she now has a brand new assist community due to the undertaking.
“I am making an attempt to collaborate extra with ladies. I believe if we do this, an increasing number of we are going to discover extra unity amongst one another as an alternative of ready for the boys’ membership to incorporate us,” stated OneNessa.
She hopes that, as soon as the pandemic eases and stay exhibits resume, a few of these collaborations will get away onto the stage.
“Submit-pandemic, I really feel like individuals are so excited to create and to have innovation and to even possibly give you new concepts for festivals and exhibits so I am hoping there shall be a change,” OneNessa stated.
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