Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Everyday B-Girl is Hustlin

B-Girl has an album out now called Love or Fate. The artwork you see below was created by OneSevenNine. In the article, Erika Hobart, takes us from B-Girl's arrival to Seattle to her current thoughts of females in hip-hop. Particularly locals looking to participate in the culture and finding ways to support their journey. B-Girl is most certainly an advocate for the female gender passing on her experiences down to those wishing to continue the tradition. Click here for the full article.

DJ B-Girl lived with three roommates in the U District when she first came to
the city. Money saved on rent went toward purchasing high-end tables and
speakers to practice her craft. Days were spent working at Guitar Center, and
nights were spent relentlessly pursuing gigs. She works more now than she did
then, about 80 hours a week. Despite having a solid footing in the city's
hip-hop scene and her new album to support, she's got another agenda to keep her
preoccupied: helping other female artists find the connections she never had.

Last year, DJ B-Girl ensured she'd be getting even less sleep when she launched her own record label, B-Girl Media, and formed B-Girl Bench, a centralized forum (which meets at Oseao) for local women in hip-hop to meet weekly and research viable options to increase their visibility.

By drawing from her personal experiences and knowledge in digital distribution, DJ B-Girl hopes to help propel Seattle's female hip-hop artists into the limelight. The
greatest hurdle for many aspiring artists (including herself early on) is that they aren't always well-versed in the business side of the music industry, she says.