Who's Gonna Know My Name
By: The Ichiban Son
In today's material world, driven by aims of fortune and fame, the Lex and the NAME, our hip hop world has become a blur of shaking booty's, shiny images, macho posturing and ever-flowing Moet. In most cases these images surround the male emcee's, with the only female emcee's apparent in the media making their mark due to their scant outfits and sexual innuendoes. It makes you wonder, do quality female emcee's even exist? Apparently in the mainstream they do not, due to the powers that be. However, with a good look under the surface, to the streets, there exists a network of quality female artists who rock stages from coast to coast, north to south, maintaining a more true sense of hip hop culture than many of their male big willy counterparts. These female artists maintain a fairly tight knit family, a good example being NYC's mega-crew The Anomalies, who represent all cultures and facets of the art form. A recent film work has emerged documenting the contributions of various female West Coast artists to the thriving hip hop scene. The film, entitled "Nobody Knows My Name" is the creation of hip hop addict and film producer, and mother, Rachel Raimist.
Born and raised in Middletown, upstate NY, Rachel was daughter to a Puerto Rican mother and Russian Jewish father, far enough from downtown New York to have to live the hip hop life through a heavy dose of "YO! MTV Raps". After a brief stint attending SUNY Purchase following high school, this hip hop head and aspiring video/film producer headed west to L.A., attending UCLA's film school, obtaining a B.A. in Film and Television in 1995, and M.F.A. in Film Directing in 1999. With the loss of both parents to cancer within six months of one another, Rachel continued to work on her first major documentary, "Nobody Knows My Name" dedicated to "dispel the objectified images of women that pervade hip hop culture". With awards to her name including the UCLA Graduate Division Fellowship, Verna Fields Memorial Scholarship, and The Motion Pictures Association Award, Rachel now runs her own production company, "Unleashed Entertainment" as well as teaching video production at the University of California, Irvine. She is currently working on a personal documentary tentatively entitled "Digging Up My Roots".
"Nobody Knows My Name" is a true to life documentary on individual artists, all with the common aim of preserving quality and consciousness within the female hip hop scene. Featured artists include: Asia One (former member of Rock Stready Crew), Medusa (a household name in west coast hip hop and poetry), Leschea (the INC. with Masta Ace), Lisa (wife of Click tha Supah Latin), DJ Symphony (only female member of The World Famous Beat Junkies) and T-Love (ex-Cripette and head of her own Pickinniny Records). All these ladies are taking hip hop to a higher level, by getting involved in the political side of the business and realizing that females have as much potential in a music currently dominated by males. The filming was done hand-held camera style to capture the rawness and realness of these females at the top of their game.
Rachel is currently touring with the film across the U.S., offering panel discussions at select shows. Keep an eye open to our EVENTS listing for "Know My Name" tour shows in your area, with full details about each screening.
TheCyberKribis proud to be a sponsor of the first Canadian stop-off of the "Know My Name" tour, which will be part of PhemPhat's urban seminar weekend in Toronto. Come out and support this project, as well as PhemPhat's Urban Music Conference at Harris Institute and the Honey Jam. Here are the details...
NOBODY KNOWS MY NAME
Film Screening as part of PhemPhat Urban Music Seminar
Thursday, June 1
Bloor Cinema - 506 Bloor Street West (East of Bathurst)
Portion of proceeds to support Women's Health in Women's Hands
Opening Performance by PhemPhat Dancers
Sponsored by MUCHMUSIC, KISS92FM, BMG, KLUBLIFE, Each One, Teach One, Track 'n Field Entertainment, CKLN, K2T, and TheCyberKrib.com.