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Next Up: Raven Sorvino

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From Roxanne Shanté and Queen Latifah to today’s crop women have always been a part of hip-hop culture. Some of current day hip-hop’s women receiving the most notable attention often yield more controversy than memorable music. Take Iggy Azalea for example. Or Nicki Minaj. Or even Azealia Banks. Many rap critics find themselves asking, “Where are all the other female emcees?” Well, there are plenty, if you spend any amount of time looking.

Rapsody is dope. Nitty Scott, MC is beginning to build her empire. And then on the west coast, there’s Raven Sorvino. The Leimert Park resident and Richmond, Texas native has been making a name for herself in the rap game as of late but she’s way more than a dope spitter. The 25-year-old’s unique style and whit is just as eye opening as her knack for ear-catching lyrics.

“I do what Raven Sorvino wants to do. I don’t do, ‘Oh because this sound is hot right now, Oooh! Let me go and do this!’ Nope. I’m unique because I do me.”

Raven is no one trick pony either. She also does character voices on the animated online show, The Gooberz, which is currently illustrated by some of Comedy Central’s best. She has also had other numerous voice over gigs and has made an appearance on Fox’s hit show Hell’s Kitchen.

“That’s about to be something that really cracks [speaking on The Gooberz]. I’m real excited to be a part of that. It’s really cool and it has nothing to do with rapping. It’s just me acting and doing voiceovers. I love that… I studied theatre at West L.A. College so it’s something I’m really interested in and capitalizing in.”

Being a woman in hip-hop is challenging but not impossible. As cliché as it is to ask women about being such, the topic of feminine expression in the culture is a subject rarely broached. It’s something Sorvino isn’t all that interested in discussing because she doesn’t want any limit put on her potential.

“I try not to dwell on that because I don’t want it to pigeon hole me or hinder me or handicap me into thinking my limits aren’t where they need to go. So I just take that and try to get it out of my head and overcome all of that… I would like people to look at me as a visionary and someone who created something from nothing. And I want to be respected as a female and as an African American.”

Perhaps that has to do with her upbringing. Bouncing between Texas and California has given Raven experiences in both the humble roads of life and the glamorous ones.

“Growing up in Richmond, Texas it made me a humble person because when I had a chance to come here to California, it was just so glamorous. Back home it’s just the country… When you come to L.A. it’s just beeches and all kinds of stuff to do… I’m thankful for growing up [in both areas]. There’s the humble side to me and there’s a street side to me and you can definitely hear that in my music.”

– Paul Meara (@PaulMeara)

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