For years, when people thought of the Bay Area music scene they compared it to the music from the region that was out in the form of “Thizzing” and “Hyphy,” however, the Bay Area has much more to offer. With a new crop of artists putting quality music out, individuals are able to see a clear example of the diversity that is the Bay Area. With that being said, there’s a clear lack of female representation in the movement, but among those that are putting a face on female emcees from the region would be San Francisco based emcee Hopie Spitshard.
Entering the music scene in 2008 with her independently released debut album, Diamond Dame, Spitshard gained national attention leading to being nominated as on of URB Magazine’s Next 1000. Spitshard released two videos from the project, but left the spotlight to do something that’s stereotypically not hip-hop—she continued school and earned her doctorate from U.C Hastings.
Hopie, is now returning to the scene in the form of her new EP Dulce Vita (it’s dope, let me just put that out there) and we got a chance to speak with her about the project, how she’s grown from Diamond Dame to now, any adversities she’s had to face being both a Filipino woman, and a female emcee, as well as talking to her about the state of females in hip-hop in general. Make sure to visit her site and download her new EP Dulce Vita, at hopiespitshard.com, as well as make sure to connect with her via Twitter @hopiespitshard.