Jam Roc Jam Session: Rapsody, Heather Victoria, Zoocru, Tha Materials (Back Room) | Cat's Cradle | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

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Jam Roc Jam Session: Rapsody, Heather Victoria, Zoocru, Tha Materials (Back Room)

When: Sun., Aug. 20, 8 p.m. 2017

The story of Rapsody's ascension from N.C. State student in a rap group with her friends to being mentored by hip-hop beat-making legend 9th Wonder to becoming one of Jay Z's management clients under his Roc Nation imprint is the kind of feel-good tale that makes local music enthusiasts proud to have gotten in on the scene at the ground floor. However, to reduce Rapsody to a local success story takes away from what she symbolizes for the larger hip-hop community. Women in hip-hop have sometimes been branded as oversexed objects, or hyper-aggressive caricatures that reinforced the "angry black woman" stereotype, with exceptions including MC Lyte, Missy Elliott, and Rah Digga. Rapsody fits in with the latter: equipped with fierce wit, she can go toe-to-toe and bar-for-bar with the boys, conveying her accessible messages of black unity and feminism in a way that doesn't oversell or water down her main points. With Heather Victoria, Zoocrü, and Tha Materials. —Charles Morse

Price: $10-$15

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