Ava DuVernay

*A love of HIp-Hop music always rumbles just beneath my surface. I truly have love for all music of the African Diaspora, but good Hip-Hop music has had such an impact on my life that, when I hear subpar offerings on the radio, I become physically ill.

For all of those like-minded connoisseurs of the culture, we offer you BET’s “My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women In Hip-Hop.”  Directed by up and coming filmmaking wunderkind Ava DuVernay, “My Mic Sounds Nice” is a salve for to the soul for the lover of the culture who is tired of the candy-coated arsenic that passes for Hip-Hop these days.  

The film hasn’t even aired yet, but we must say the subsequent DVD, if there’s going to be one, will be a must have for collectors of such offerings as Def Jam’s “Rhyme and Reason” or even “Krush Groove.”

YoYo

The subject matter is second to none.  A Truth About Women of Hip-Hop? When was the last time you heard ANY kind of  truth regarding Hip-Hop?  Some of our little sisters are wearing more artificial body parts than the Bionic Women.  What’s real?  So called gangster rappers with no actual gang affiliation, banging on wax but a “Herb” in reality?  And let’s not get started on  the anti-masculine phemonenon of Facebook wall banging.  How unreal can reality possibly get?  You want real?  Then here it is!  

Set to air Monday, August 30, “My Mic Sounds Nice” tells a tale that is long overdue.  Ladies are supposed to be first, but males have been subjecting females to second class citizenry since the dawn of Western civilization.  This is especially apparent in Hip-Hop.  “My Mic Sounds Nice” tackles all of those hidden little secrets about women and rap.  Why are there so few female emcees? Why does a man always have to introduce women into the rap game and, for the love of all things holy,  where is the next Lauryn Hill?  Hell, whatever happened to the first one, and how do her musical contemporaries really feel about her absence?

Me, I was emotionally moved when they spoke of L-Boogie. Didn’t even realize how much I missed her.  Ms.  DuVernay masterfully captures the essence and testimony of each of the film’s participants almost as if Hip-Hop is on trial for crimes against women.  But the verdict is not as clear cut as some might think.

Missy Elliott

The director uses the edges of whatever medium is being used to watch this documentary to frame a portrait of women being frank about the rigors of being a woman in the rap game.  

Each person looks directly into the camera and it feels as if they’re talking directly to you, which is exactly the effect director Ava DuVernay was looking for.  It features converations with MC Lyte, Yo-Yo, Nikki D, Questlove of The Roots, the often slept on Jeane Grae, Missy Elliot, Trina, Russell Simmons and many, many other Hip-Hop regulars.  It’s a treat to put it mildly.  It is perhaps the best thing that BET has ever produced.  If you are a true fan of Hip-Hop and you want to hear your sisters’ stories then tune into BET on Monday, August 30.  You won’t be disappointed.

Will there be a soundtrack?  After listening to some of the songs featured in the film and taking a trip down memory lane you will wish there was.

Watch the trailer for “My Mic Sounds Nice”: