Audio Vision: Beauty & The Beat...Why You Should Watch 'My Mic Sounds Nice' Tonight

Monday, August 30, 2010



Excuse me for "feministing" over here, but females made me like hip-hop in the first place. Sure, MC Hammer's parachute pants may have sparked something, but in honesty, once I saw Salt n' Pepa get down in those lace up boots in the "Shoop" video, seven-year old me in braided and barrette pigtails was hooked on the phonics and beats of hip-hop. I may not be the most elaborately posed person to dish about hip-hop, since it's not my go-to genre (shocker), but somewhere down the line Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, the girls from S n' P and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes became my lyrical heroes, bringing messages to the music. If you've heard the music, you know it's not just noise and babble...(or so what  my mother calls it). So enough gushing, let's get to the good stuff.

Since there is a dry spell of real meaty music documentaries in a national TV scope, it's sort of a diamond in the rough that BET will be showing tonight their documentary, My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women In Hip-Hop tonight. A music documentary on prime time? I'm sort of salivating at this. The show will outline women roles in hip-hop with commentary and interviews with those who have lived through it, and are still hoping to be heard. From the looks of the trailers I've seen, this documentary (which is directed by Ava DuVernay) will be not cutting any corners and seems geared to really give a full spectrum of the genre. It also seems to pose the question of what happened to women at the mic in today's hip-hop world, considering how much women flourished in it during the 90's and early 2000's...and how females being promoted in hip-hop today are few and far between. Yeah, it's BET, but swallow your pride for a night and support a show that actually takes a look at one slice of the music industry that has just as much impact as any other form. Educate thine self.

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