When you have performed for the King of Pop, recorded with The Fugees, and been appointed as the first lady of one of Hip Hop’s strongest squads, resting on ones laurels could have been an easy thing to do. Fortunately, for Newark, New Jersey’s own Rah Digga, easy definitely doesn’t do it. Way before M.I.A. hit the stage with her pregnant belly, Rah Digga had already paved the way by rocking the mic at the legendary Lyricist Lounge. That performance led to a meeting with Busta Rhymes and her Flipmode Squad position was sealed. The Brick City native’s distinctive voice and flow were heard on hits like the remix “Touch It” and “Give It To Me.” Her solo debut, Dirty Harriet, included production by DJ Premier and Rockwilder and produced the singles “Tight,” “Imperial,” and “Break Fool.” She also spread her wings as an actress appearing in Thirteen Ghosts and MTV’s Hip Hopera remake of Carmen. Needless to say, Rah Digga became a renaissance artist before it became necessary. Parting ways amicably with Flipmode in 2007, Rah is set to make her return with her sophomore album, the appropriately titled Classic. With production by Nottz, Rah is ready to let the world know that she “still got it”.
To commemorate the ten year anniversary of her last release, join HipHopDX on a ten day until release date diary-esque countdown journey with Rah Digga as she talks music, industry, motherhood, and whatever else comes to the mind of this femcee recognized as “one of hip hops most skilled emcees.
“Today is like any other day. I’ve been spending most of my days in my hometown of Brick City, New Jersey leading up to this album release to fully embody my ideology of “goin’ back to basics.” Phoning into various radio stations, press phoners and appearances combined with recording exclusive mixtape stuff for folks is all in a days work for me. Balancing motherhood and music is challenging enough, but throughout my entire career it’s always kept me on the straight and narrow. Now that the new school season has restarted I can finally take some time to check out some of these blog posts. Today I’m seeing a whole lot of posts of ‘This Aint No Lil Kid Rap’ remix featuring Redman. Can you believe this is the first time I’ve ever recorded with Redman, and we both hail from Brick City?
Anywho, the comments are all positive (a rarity in the blogosphere) but there isn’t too much one can say about folks clearly rhymin their asses off. There is also a freestyle/song that was supposed to be a DJBooth.net exclusive called ‘A Few Thoughts,’ but that is goin’ around like it’s my next single. [Laughing] Guess folks just miss the boom bap!
There are so many people just learning about the September 14th release and they are comin’ to all sorts of conclusions. I saw a comment or two trying to predict a first week for an album they feel is suffering from lack of promo since they haven’t really heard anything in primetime rotation. Let’s make one thing clear: This isn’t about first week charting or Soundscanning, This is about an artist making the type of music that I miss hearing and that I love making in a nutshell. I’m in a place where I can do this as a hobby just to show other artists that I made the classic album that they just ‘talk’ about while they continue to feed n2 industry trends. The music will speak for itself. All the marketing in the world will not cover up someone naming an album “Classic” and then delivering garbage. Stop scratching your heads wondering why a ”90s artist’ is tryna make a ‘comeback’ in 2010. Don’t attribute it to any other artist or any other ‘industry’ activity. The answer is simple: I STILL GOT IT! If you don’t believe, listen for yourself. WARNING: you may find yourself rewinding verses, something that doesn’t happen very often nowadays!” – Rah Digga, September 5, 2010