News: Rah Digga Emerges Back To Rap Game, "I'm No Longer W/ Flipmode" [Video]

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2009 12:20PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

The first lady of Flipmode, Rah Digga, has re-emerged onto the rap scene and said she has officially cut ties with Busta Rhymes' popular rap group.

In addition to speaking on the break-up, Digga also promised to not change her rhymes for what's popular and how she felt about Jay-Z's "Death of Autotune" record.

"No, I'm no longer with Flipmode," Rah explained in an interview. "It was an amicable split though. There's no beef, none whatsoever...[Today] I can't try to conform to what the [music] industry thinks I should be doing or records I think should be a single, I should try to run after Akon or T-Pain on the hook, I'm just going to do what I love to do...I love [Jay-Z's "Death of Autotune] song, I think autotune is far from finished. Would I use autotune? No...I'm so glad Jay-Z did it because maybe now emcees will be like, 'It's okay to boom bap in rap.' It's getting to a point where some of our favorite lyricists are starting to sound corny to me." (Street Heat)

Her association with Busta stemmed from rap icon Q-Tip.

When A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip discovered her at a performance at New York's Lyricist Lounge, he introduced her to Busta Rhymes, who invited her to join the Flipmode Squad. As a part of that hip-hop clique, she appeared on Rhymes' 1997 album When Disaster Strikes and the Flipmode Squad's The Imperial Album from 1998. (All Music)

Her debut album, Dirty Harriet, was released around 2000.

Dirty Harriet has a steely, raw sound; Digga favors bleak, unrelentingly minor-key samples, which gives the album a feel more akin to DMX and the Wu-Tang than to the tracks of most other female MCs. "Showdown" rolls with a sneaky organ hook, then Digga raps "So Cool" in a drone that recalls Ozzy Osbourne's lower registers; the tune is about the ephemeral nature of being, well, extremely fly. "Break Fool" may be the most evil metal-rap headbanger of the month -- the way Rah Digga freaks the chorus, "Smoke it up, trick it up!," is so muscular, it oughta send Fred Durst back to the StairMaster. (Rolling Stone)

Busta has kept busy as of lately with the release of Back On My Bullsh*t.

Flipmode leader Busta Rhymes' Back on my Bullsh*t just missed the Top 5 landing at No. 6 on the charts. His eighth solo project debuted with 59,300 copies after seven days on stores shelves. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

Check out Rah Digga's interview below:

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