For quite sometime now, it seems that we’ve only allowed room for very few popularized female emcees at a time. Within this small category also often requires a decision of fitting into the oversexualized binary that society has pigeon holed female rappers into. Washington D.C. native, Tarica June has chosen to go against the grain. The Howard law grad is not your conventional female artist, or artist in general for that matter. Her new video “But Anyway” fuses samples of popular old school favorites such as Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Dinner” and Eric B & Rakim’s “Paid In Full.” Despite how risky it is to sample such popular tracks, Tarica June has the lyrics to back it up. June reminds us that female emcees shouldn’t be limited to physical appearance. Despite that, she’s found a way to maintain our attention not only with her gorgeous dreadlocks and pretty smile, but in the serious issues of her verbiage. “Okay you getting money/well I’m getting piece of mind that you can’t take from me. /So I feel I’m doing fine/And as long as I love me/I follow my own signs and the world can’t judge me.”
“Say what you want about Barry but he cared for the poor.//And that ain’t what these new fools working for. //They trying to kick us all out and just build more stores.”
Upon release of her first mixtape Moonlight Revolution, word of Tarica’s talent spread like wildfire throughout the city, leading to her coveted spot in the line up at the Can A Sista Rock A Mic Festival in the summer of 2010. With a diverse bill that flaunted the likes of Grammy nominated singer Dionne Farris and Kimberly Nichole from NBC’s The Voice. That same year, Tarica June was also named as the headliner of the Minneapolis festival B-Girl Be: A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop and performed at SSXW. Two days ago, she released her Stream Of Consciousness EP. The new release offers listeners an even more intimate peek into the mind of Tarica June with subtle hints about her forthcoming album.
“I was writing papers at the same time I’m writing bars.”
Watch the self directed and edited video by Tarica June below and listen to her new EP.