Interview with Siya of Oxygen’s Sisterhood of Hip Hop
October 13th, 2014
The music of Lil Kim, Mos Def, The Notorious B.I.G, Big Daddy Kane, and Jay-Z has resonated throughout the airwaves for decades. These artists have been influential to people around the world and are considered to be “Gods” of Hip Hop. Though they have impacted the nation with their lyrical content and extraordinary delivery, no one place has been more impacted than that of Brooklyn, Bed-Stuy to be exact. The music of these “Gods” has given birth to many artist in the industry that have come and gone. Their most recent creation brings a different quality and uniqueness to Hip Hop that has not been touched in mainstream Hip Hop before. Siya, The Bed-Stuy Bully, is definitely a product of her environment when it comes to music. Born in California, Siya was relocated to New York at the age of seven while her mother fought a drug addiction. Soon after moving to Bed-Stuy, her father was convicted of a crime that sentenced him to a lifetime incarceration. Siya’s major influence in life was her grandmother. She provided the mother that she was lacking and natured her like her own, but the streets of Bed-Stuy played their own roll in her life. Siya was convicted of a crime at a young age were she would serve sometime in a women’s facility. During that time she was able to take the negative and turn it into a positive as she began to perfect her music in ways many would take notice to. After her time was served, Siya immediately took to Atlanta to begin pursuing music as her lifetime career. Performing in venues such as, Compound, CW Loft, and Masquerade, her buzz began to catch the attention of many major labels and also well-known artists. Meeting after meeting labels would feed Siya the dream of signing her to a major deal. As time went on, all those talks were just that. Most people were afraid of how an openly gay female rapper would fit in the industry compared to the women out at that time. As discouraging, as this could have been Siya remained determined and continued to kill shows and made sure when she opened for a big named that they took notice. In the midst of her grind someone did take notice. R&B legend Tank reached out to Siya and let her know he wanted to represent her and help take her to the next level. Soon after their talks Siya moved to Los Angeles and began her journey with Tank. Tank, a unique talent his own, did not want Siya to change a thing. He believed in who she is and wanted her to continue to be “The Bed-Stuy Bully.” Their debut project together “D.Y.K.E” featuring their collaboration track, “D.Y.K.E” has gained over 50 thousand downloads. The relationship has shown to be beneficial to both and is gaining speed on a daily. Word around the industry is that Siya is the “Next Big Thing,” but if you were to ask her she’s always been the “NEXT BIG THING.” After connecting with Tank, he was on a mission to get SIYA heard and seen — reaching out to all of his industry contacts for opportunities. By chance, Atlanta’s, T.I. contacted Tank to out to fill a spot for Oxygen’s freshman reality series surrounding female rappers, Sisterhood of Hip-Hop. And the rest of history is being made.
Official SIYA website: http://damnsiya.com
Buy SIYA’s newest single, “Real MVP” on iTunes.