CULTURE EVENTS

Where the Ladies @?

Panel Discussion, Toronto, March 6, 2010

Review by True Daley

Like most Canadians, I have suffered from the ‘step-child’ syndrome at certain points in my life, meaning I have looked to our American neighbours to measure the validity of my own personal and professional success. Which is why the panel “Where Da Ladies At?” organized by Droppin’ Dimez & Tdot Pioneers served as a reminder, that being one of Montreal’s first female emcees (then known as Royal T), I too, can count myself amongst those who have made hip-hop history.

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The event was moderated by Motion, the first hip hop artist turned author in the country. By celebrating the achievements of groundbreaking rappers such as Lady P, Michie Mee, Isis of Thunderheist, Tara Chase, and others, we had a chance to share anecdotes, acknowledge our triumphs and laugh openly at our failures, all in the company of other women. Tara Muldoon of HipHopCanada.ca, Jeni of Flow 93.5, and Danielle Etienne, completed the panel as women who played pivotal roles in getting the music out to the masses.

Michie Mee & Jeni McKenzie

The audience learned that Michie Mee had to bust out her patois in order for New Yorkers to take her seriously, Lady P battled Maestro Fresh Wes back in the day and contends that if it weren’t for his beatboxer, she ‘technically’ won the battle. Tara Chase spoke about her decision to walk away from a lucrative label deal in the States to pursue her university education, and Isis boldly clarified that a loop is just a loop, and not necessarily innovative production, encouraging all the ladies in the house to begin producing their own music.

We bonded by collectively sharing our experiences to a packed room of strangers,many of whom, were unaware of all the women have shaped the Canadian soundscape they’ve grown to love.

Overall, it felt like a family reunion amongst sisters who had grown up – not apart.

Legends @ Where the Ladies @?

Photos by L I Media

Tags: DJ Mel Boogie, Isis, Jeni, Lady P, Michie Mee, Motion, Tara Chase

 
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