O.G. salute and massive respect to Oakland’s finest… my big brothers Del, Casual, Souls of Mischief, (A-Plus, Tajai, Phesto, Opio), Pep Love, Snupe, Jay Biz, DJ Toure, Kwam, and Domino. Hiero has been such a major influence on me personally and professionally. I’ve soaked up game on a continual basis as I’ve grown as an mc.
Photography: Nick Burnz for Black Algebra Multimedia
20th year anniversary Hiero tee:
Earrings: O’dara Designz
“If I said it, I meant it bite my tongue for no one/call me evil or unbelievable.”
O.G. salute to the King of New York aka Frank White, Brooklyn’s finest. Biggie Smalls will always be the illest.
Photographer: Nick Burnz for black algebra multimedia llc
King of NY tee: http://www.classicmaterialny.com
This installment of “Respect Due” O.G. salutes A Tribe Called Quest. “Who got the vibe? it’s the tribe y’all.”. They are probably one of the greatest influences on me as an artist/mc in this hip hop culture. They created a lane that made it easier for me to approach my artistry the way that I do. Thank you for paving the way and for the inspiration!
All photos by Nick Burnz for Black Algebra Multimedia
Styling: Khameelah El
Low End Theory tee: http://www.atribecalledquest.com
Marauder leggings : http://www.acrylick,net
Happy Summer Solstice!!! Balance out the bs and enhance your summer soundtrack with the sounds of staHHr. All DOWNLOAD versions are reduced 25% from now until June 22, 2012. Almost Neva Was ($7.99) , That Was You? ($7.99) and the latest Mother Nature with a Molotov: Molotov Season ($8.99).
As an added bonus the “Bull’s Eye” ( white tees with red print) tees are reduced to $10. Available in both men/unisex and ladies classic fit Gildan tees, sizes S-XL.
Thank you for your support! You are an MVP on teamstaHHr. 🙂
FIRST VIDEO FROM staHHr’s MOTHER NATURE WITH A MOLOTOV: MOLOTOV SEASON ALBUM. ENJOY AND SHARE!
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Frank Discussion: staHHr
If I had a Guinness for every classic track staHHr has created – regardless of moniker – I would never be sober. Since we are just days away from the release of our latest book featuring DOOM, and she just dropped her latest album on her self titled bandcamp page, let’s have a Frank Discussion with someone who has flowed with him.
My name is… staHHr aka Mother Nature with a Molotov
And you might know me because… I’m the don mama of the ATL underground hip hop scene. “I been in this [mcing] game for years, it made me an animal,” word to B.I.G.
The best thing about what I do is… I get to share my art/skill with people all over the world without compromising artistic integrity or quality.
And the worst part is… it doesn’t pay all of the bills… yet.
The most addictive thing in my life right now is… roasted seaweed snacks, Oyin Handmade hair products, over using the word “though.”
More people should know that… ladybugs are beetles.
I always notice when… people are full of sh@t.
It’ll always be in style to… wear timbs year round.
But never… to be a biter.
Someone from the past who will never forget me is… anyone I made eye contact with B, I’m unforgettable. 🙂
Something I will never understand is… why people don’t honor who they truly are instead of living up to somebody else’s standards.
The best thing about Atlanta is… the regional dialect shawty!
And when you come here, you should check out… FTP Movement feeding the homeless every 2nd and 4th Sunday, Dulce Vegan so you can bring me some cupcakes and Five Points for people watching.
You haven’t lived until… you had falafel at 2 a.m. in Oslo with Amiri Baraka.
If… more of us walked how we talked… everything would be different.
The best frank advice I ever got was… people don’t give you what you deserve, they give you what you negotiate.
Photo credit: Nick Burnz (Black Algebra)
Back in February, I had the pleasure of driving around Atlanta with freelance writer Christopher Johnson; playing the then unreleased “Mother Nature with a Molotov: Molotov Season” and talking about the creation of each song. Chris’s story will air this Thursday May 31, 2012 on The Madeleine Brand Show, which broadcasts on KPCC 89.3 FM in LA. You can listen live here at 9:00am PT/12p EST hour. In case you missed it, the archive is here:http://www.scpr.org/programs/madeleine-brand/2012/05/31/26704/atlantas-hip-hop-scene-through-the-eyes-of-female-/#comments
Nick Burnz (Black Algebra)
StaHHr is an up and coming female rapper from Atlanta, GA.
Cee-Lo Green. Andre 3000. Ludacris. Just a few of the rap superstars who started their hip-hop careers in Atlanta.
The city’s rap scene continues to support home-grown talent. Including an artist who calls herself “StaHHr”. The double H stands for “hip hop.” StaHHr flaunts those letters like stripes she’s earned after nearly two decades on Atlanta’s rap music scene.
Reporter Christopher Johnson recently visited Atlanta, and Stahhr took him on a tour of the city AND her new album “Mother Nature With a Molotov: Molotov Season.”
Before we embark on our mission, StaHHr and I must have beats. She hops in the driver’s seat with her album on a thumb drive. Now if we can just figure out how to get this rental car stereo to cooperate.
We get the sound system working and head out on our adventure.
StaHHr is about to make my day. I’ve got a serious itch to peep the real Hotlanta. 130-plus square miles of baller mini mansions, historically black colleges, and chic hippie hoods. I needed a guide.
And a soundtrack. Pushing the key into the ignition, pushing the bass and volume buttons to just the right knock levels, StaHHr has me covered.
“We are listening to ‘Mother Nature With Molotov: Molotov Season,’ my 2nd album,” said StaHHr. “Listening to “Crown” right now. This is like a circle of champions type of song, an uplifting mantra”
It’s a bright, clear day in the ATL, perfect for a sightseeing mission. StaHHr is juiced to show off her music, and her town.
“So this is the historic West End, one of the areas they are gentrifying. This is the West End Park, where they do the Malc X Festival. Brother Hakeem over there doing Tai Chi. One of our elders,” she said.
The 30-something StaHHr isn’t quite an elder yet. But in Atlanta’s tight, homegrown hip-hop galaxy, she is absolutely a vet.
“I’ve been on this scene since ’92, so I helped pave the way,” said StaHHr. “I came up here, this is where I started rhyming. Even though I was born in Memphis, this is the home of StaHHr.”
We’ve been swerving through the city for a minute, and as rush hour descends on us, it’s clear that Stahhr’s fellow ATLiens are plucking her last nerve.
“They’ve never driven in a place where there’s actual traffic, so everyone tries to be gangster!” said StaHHr.
Like a hummingbird, StaHHr flits from opinion to opinion in a breathless stream of consciousness. City traffic, the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta, and the pitfalls of being branded a “female MC.”
“I am a woman, you can’t deny that. I’ve got all the parts!” said StaHHr. “I think being a woman is one of the greatest things ever. I also don’t want to be judged in segregated manner, when I’m up to par with any MC regardless of their gender.”
As StaHHr makes a left towards the West End, she peeps me in the passenger seat, nodding hard as she rips it on the track “Tap In.”
“And there’s a sexy plus size boutique, Smoochies! See? they got something from everybody in East Atlanta – you got a mortuary right here, a fire department, Smoochies, a library! You can’t lose.” said StaHHr.
Next stop: Kirkwood. Technically, that’s the city of Decatur. As we ride StaHHr gives me a live concert over her posse cut “In It Never Of It.”
“OK, now. How did THIS happen? We’re right back where we started.” said StaHHr
MCs, take warning: if you’re gonna play tour guide and get high off your own music at the same time, have a map close by.
But I can’t be mad about the detour. But we have to wrap this thing up. StaHHr’s got work to do. She holds down a bunch of jobs: making and selling hats, substitute teaching, raising her son, and building her indy rap career.
I ask her, with all that juggling, does she ever want to just hang up her mic for good?
“I think about that all the time, and then when I get over it, I go right back to the music!” said StaHHr. “I didn’t start rhyming because I wanted to be part of the industry, I started because it’s a gift. I have to do it.”
StaHHr”s new album is “Mother Nature With A Molotov: Molotov Season.” And speaking of juggling: StaHHr also handles all her own merchandising. So if you want a copy, hit her up. She might throw in a T-shirt or a crisp new crocheted hat.
All made in the ATL.