Last week, Princess, former member of the rap group, Crime Mob, hosted a panel discussion on women in hip-hop in Atlanta in celebration of BET’s new music documentary My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women and Hip-Hop. Panelists included music industry executive, Shanti Das; rapper, Rasheeda; V-103 DJ Traci Steele; model, Dawn Montgomery; hip-hop publicist, Dee Dee Cocheta; Eshe from Arrested Development; rapper, Khalilah Ali; Morehouse College hip-hop studies professor, Dr. Joyce (who was also in the documentary); and pop-culture expert Ronda Racha Penrice. The diversity of the panel led to heated discussions and thought-provoking dialogue such as how women in hip-hop are to balance a family and career, sexual exploitation, overcoming challenges from working in a male-dominated industry, stereotypes, having a stamp approval from a male to get into the industry, and how women in hip-hop should collaborate more.
“It’s such an honor to sit alongside such influential and talented women who are making moves in hip-hop,” says Princess, the hostess for the panel discussion. “It’s great that BET shined a light on the challenges women face in hip-hop. I am glad I was able to bring these women together to share their experiences and insight.”