So, I`m not gonna speak of myself in third person and pretend someone thought I was important enough to write a story about my life.. lol.. i`m gonna tell you my story like I tell my friends and strangers often, when asked why I do what I do, why I have so much passion for it and how a girl from Germany fell in love with Hip Hop so deeply..
I`ll start at the beginning.. I met this girl when I was 9 years old, and what I loved most, she had so much soul! Well, actually, the first hip hop album i heard at 9 years old offered more profanity than soul.. lol.. it was a tape i took from my older brother, the debut album of the first german mainstream rap group (Die Fantastischen Vier , if u wanna look it up) .. From then on, i started paying attention to the rap and soul songs on the radio much more than to any of the other music. Although I loved the music, I had no idea about the culture behind this music i grew to love.
At 16 I picked up a free Hip Hop magazine at an urban clothing store and got hooked on the graffiti pages. I couldnt take my eyes off of them and I knew that this was an art I wanted to master. So I picked up a pencil and drew wherever i was at (mostly in school, the teachers didnt really appreciate that lol). To shorten this, lets just say, graffiti was a close friend of mine for about 2 years, i loved her dearly but we had to part ways when I started finding a different use for the pencil..
At around 17, in the mids of my teenage crisis, i started writing, started punching lines on paper, started telling stories, I poured all my emotions on to those white pages which seemed to be my only real friend at the time. Soon after it wasnt enough to write, I needed to speak my mind, i needed a voice, i needed to scream, i needed to speak silent but deadly.. So I became an MC.. it was a short career, but one that influenced me heavily. Nothing else seemed to be able to pull me out of the emotional hole i was in. And during that time I truly understood what Hip Hop was, with all its elements, with all the different ways it offered of expressing yourself. Hip Hop was then and still is therapy to me, its a mother to me, a big brother, a sister, a lover, a son, a daughter. Its in the food I eat, in the air I breathe, because Hip Hop is me, and I am Hip Hop.
So what happened to bein an MC, you ask? Well, it was the right thing for me at the time, but I soon understood that it wasnt a perminent place for me in Hip Hop. I realised that in order to improve Hip Hop, i needed to be behind the scenes.
So… long story short (as short as my life story can be lol): I started doing the I still love H.E.R. Radio show in 07, interviewed artists, started bloggin a lil bit, then hooked up with Dj Chuck from LA to found the Digital Undaground mixtape series which became a platform for talented undeground artists from all over the US and the rest of the world. We released Volume 6 recently and will keep going til the wheels fall off.
I soon visited Detroit for the first time, home of my biggest inspiration, J.Dilla, and fell in love with the people, the vibe. I decided that there was too much talent in this city to leave it unsupported and started a couple of projects to help push the local hip hop scene, one of them being a Hip Hop conference for local artists and fans, and of course the I still love Detroit Mixtape, only one volume strong so far, but the second one will come soon.
Towards the end of 09 i knew that the time had come to quit fooling around and make Hip Hop my profession. The day job had eaten me up for way too long and it was time to take chances. So I quit. Not knowing if I would succeed, or if I would have to go back to the 9-5.
I started by taking the I still love H.E.R show to the next level and making it I still love H.E.R. Radio (you may now turn on the player on your right ;-), an online radio that delivers real Hip Hop music 24/7. I also built this very website you are on right now, to have all my work in one place. And well, to go wild and do what i want in my own space :)
Theres much more in Hip Hop I want to do and accomplish, most of all, I want to make it better.