People always want to know, “How does it feel to be a woman in Hip-Hop?”
My answer? I’ve been a woman in a lot of male-dominated fields. I’m a chemist, so I’ve worked in lots of labs, spending afternoons cleaning up frog guts and bovine particles. I was a soccer coach and my team didn't really start winning until I brought in someone who could coach better; and yes, it was a guy.
I worked for a while laying copy for a Chicago newspaper, I spent most of my time writing raps though. I worked at a restaurant or two and when I wore tight pants my tips were pretty nice. I was even a personal assistant once. I reported to the Executive Vice President of an Investment Banking Firm on Wall Street, and the perks were unbelievable!
Like I said, I’ve worked in a lot of male-dominated fields. It’s always a bit tricky to maneuver. Women still make 70 cents on the dollar, and there is still a glass ceiling. But I get up everyday, and I work to shatter that ceiling. One day I’ll be recognized for much more than my cup size, but until then I consider myself vital to my job, to my field.
My name is Psalm One, and I’m a rapper.
My latest effort, "Woman at Work" shows just how good I am at my job. W@W is the first in a series, something to satiate my fans and supporters until my next Rhymesayers album is released...and yes, I am still the Lady of Rhymesayers; A woman at work.