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On April 1st five women rappers from the Midwest turned The Corner Bar in Kalamazoo, MI into a sweaty basement party. For three hours Miz Korona, Mz Jonz, Ms. Chyna D., MizJes and DC created the ambience of a block party with rugged rhyming in the lounge. There was a balance of local emcees blended with Detroit rappers Miz Korona and Mz Jonz. The Kalamazoo hip-hop scene has had its ebbs and flows but there has never been an evening devoted to the lyrical effusions of women. I spoke with four of the performers before their show and listened to mini-histories of their art. At the end of the night they set the bar higher for these kinds of shows in the area and made an excellent stand on the necessity to support local hip-hop.
What does DC stand for?
It stands for Dust and Clay. My father is a pastor so it’s the spiritual sense of a dust and clay I try to keep it for the family. I like to make my music my roots.
How long have you been rapping?
About five years ago my brother started a label when he was in school and he brought it here. I’ve always written since I was 12 years old. So when he saw my work he put it to a beat.