Streets Mos Magazine kicked off their 4th Annual Street Conference yesterday with a panel discussion called “Females Of Hip-Hop,” in New York, New York, in conjunction with the Hoodlife DVD series. The opening day for the conference featured a panel discussion with women in various facets of the Hip-Hop industry such as Dr. Roxanne Shante, DJ Chela (of the Murda Mamis), the original Spinderella, Precise, an executive at EMI/Capitol music, etc.
The crowd was comprised mainly of young aspiring artists from all over the country. They sought advice from the panelists such as how to make it as an independent artist, how to get music heard, being professional as an artist, the benefits of joining ASCAP, etc.
“Some artists have vision but no direction,” said the host Lady Godiva, who hosts Streets Mos Radio, an independent radio show geared toward exposing unsigned and underground artists, which is syndicated in Long Island, New York City, Jersey City, St. Louis and Chicago. “They need to focus on and get a sense of what they’re doing and have to think in terms what types of networking they’re doing and what types of shows they’re doing…”
Her statement opened dialogue on the panel about how artists can push their music successfully.
“You may get your foot in the door but once it’s in, there’s no room to move,” Said Dr. Roxanne Shante. “You gotta go outside the room and make people inside want to come out.”
There were performances last night by unsigned femcees like Levi, Hedonis Da Amazon, Nicolette, etc. The conference will continue through June 30, with each day dedicated to specific topics such as gaining exposure in DVD/Movie media, and the making it in the Latino music market. It will culminate on Saturday with the Latino Music awards (mainly for DJs). Entry is $20 and those interested can visit myspace.com/streetsmosenterprises. For those who cannot attend but are interested in getting their music played by Lady Godiva, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.