Written By: Rocca MorÈ
Many of you know this soft faced retro babe from NBC/Oxygen's Sisterhood of Hip Hop but Audra the Rapper sits down with Chix Who Vibe and gets "friendly af". With her latest album, Anti Love Songs, she spills the beans about the inspiration behind records like Bxtchless and how asking a neighbor for sugar led her to working with some of today's hottest hip-hop producers. She destroys industry barriers with rich soul that represents two complete polar opposites in such a clatchet way. CWV puts her in the hot seat to get the real nitty gritty of her most spontaneous moments growing up, her shift to the west coast, the importance of self-love, artistry, and the current injustice of being black in America.
Growing up in Richmond, VA raised by strong black womanly influences; her mother and grandmother taught her the lessons of not depending on people and getting things on your own very early on. As a young girl her introduction to music came from artists like Jonathan Butler, Kenny G, and Whitney Houston which generated her soulfully ratchet sound. With an early exploration of jazz artistry she was left in a state of the unknown when it came down to hip hop until the Roc-A-Fella and Diplomatic era. Even with her cup seeming to be half full she's soaked up enough hip-hop knowledge to get her to where and who she is today, Audra the Rapper.
She's melodic first, lyricist second, which proves in her Anti Love Songs album. Her raspiness spits raw harmonies of gentle word play. Using "this one guy from Brownsville" as inspirational fuel for the album she recounts real life experiences that make for the perfect storytelling and much needed closure. Like her reference about going to Juicy's crib on Sometimes. Or the "you ain't no bitches so you on my line now" scenario most of us women have gone through in the Bxtchlxss. She's currently working on new visuals for Anti Love Songs and has teamed up with a few different brands that will be announced in the near future. With her most recent shift to Los Angeles she's given herself enough lead-way to explore her creativity to produce what will be her sixth project.
Most people know her for her effortless ability to push beautiful flows through the pen. What many don't know is that she's equally talented earning an academic double major in Music Business and Production and Communications. Before becoming the artist she is today, Audra wanted to create a creative agency that caters to people and things that serve a need to influence the culture in which she still plans to pursue down the road. To top that off she pushes to spread awareness of HIV/AIDS and violence within communities amongst the youth. And when it comes to our people Audra expressions her uncertainties of the many distractions we're constantly exposed to leaving her to feel so many ways. She might not have all the answers but she definitely lives to create a path to becoming a part of the solution to the problematic issues that are erratically felt within black culture.
"I simply want to make people feel. Everyone wants to not care when in reality it's what we need".
Audra the Rapper is on a inner quest to find herself outside of the bubble she's created. She taps into self-love by exploring new ideas, meeting new people, and seeking to learn more everyday. When she's not writing you can find her in the company of great people with good energy. Between her solo backpacking excursions and creating new projects she's very much of the inclusive spirit with hella vibes that simply loves kicking shit with her friends. She's a 90s lover that emphasizes on the importance of self-love which inspired the combination of both with her Melanin tee from the hit sitcom All That.
Unlike most stars, Audra takes to her social media as a way to make personal connections with her many of her supporters which became the primary source for much of the team she's created for herself today. She sometimes considers social engagement as a gift and a curse because the separation that's needed to decipher real life and social media but doesn't let that stop her from recognizing the hidden gems in some people. As a creative she's taken her social networking even further by adopting the use of the app Airtime where she's able to chop it up with her friends and drop new content to group users in real-time.
Audra the Rapper is obviously easy on the eyes, she's definitely flavor in your ear, but more importantly she's a real dope creative soul with an overflowing bucket of substance. When asked what's the one thing she wished more people knew more about her she replied with "that I'm just trying to do it all and not wait on anybody". You can always find her with a poppin doobie channeling Farrah Saucett all over the gram. She's the spoken-word poetic element that embodies within her music but one thing that's for sure she's authentic, soulful, and ratchet like no other.
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