Sunday, April 08, 2007

The Return of The Female Hip Hop Crew???

The Cocoa Lounge
J'AR
Emerging Female Hip Hop Group, J'AR.

In our never-ending quest to find new female voices in hip-hop music, we stumbled upon the LA based trio, J'AR. What we saw was promising: Three stylish chicks + a couple of cool write-ups....? Was this the second coming of JJ Fad or--better yet--Salt N Pepa?

A quick myspace visit and a couple demo tracks later proved us wrong...and left us utterly confused. We still don't know whether to take this girl group seriously, or to dub them the female, hip hop version of Weird Al Yankovic.

Those who enjoy the lyrical stylings of the southern rapper Khia will certainly appreciate what J'AR has to offer. Their sound is 80's retro and rhymes are peppered with references to their signature "door knocka" earrings. The fun, yet oh-so-grimy, "We Rockin Doorknockaz" is an anthem for hood chicks everywhere and "(Boyz) I Think They Like Me," a send-up of Dem Franchize Boyz' 2006 hit. But as the songs fade out, you can't help but ask yourself, "Are these girls for real?"

And just in case you were wondering why one of the rappers looked familiar: Surprise! It's R&B songstress Res turning over a new leaf.

HBIC We certainly can't report that strong, empowering female voices in hip hop are back on the rise, but with the recent formation of groups like J'AR and "hip hop supergroup" Head B****es In Charge (left: Jacki-O, Remy Ma and Shawna) there's definitely strength in numbers...or is there?


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9 comments:

Ellington Goes To Town said...
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Ellington Goes To Town said...

Daaaammmmmn Res!!!!! They're kind of like Three Six Mafia with breasts. But when I think about Maia Campbell she could be doing a lot worse. If they up the production value, maybe theres something there............

case said...

I wish sistas would have more to say in hip hop when we get the opportunity. But at least they're having fun.

Rein said...

Really...like are they serious?

lyryq said...

i like what they're doing. its about time fun rap made a comeback and you can tell these ladies are doing just that... having fun.

J KNOCKA said...

THIS IS J KNOCKA FROM J'AR... YOUR CONFUSION IS ONLY TEMPORARY (maybe an interview with us could do the trick).
WE ARE HAPPY YOU ENJOYED OUR MIXTAPE (in which WE limited the content to Money, Men and Jewelry aka Doorknocker Earrings). THIS WAS A POINT TO PROVE HOW SIMPLISTIC RAP HAS BECOME...
US THREE LADIES GOT A LOT GOING ON RIGHT NOW AS WELL AS SO MUCH COMING UP... AND WE HAVE SOOOO MUCH MORE TO SAY...
HOLLA BLACK AT US MYSPACE.COM/JAARAH!
DO YOU AND LIVE HAPPY CUZ ITS ALL LUV...

The Cocoa Lounge said...

Thanks, J Knocka for coming in and clearing things up. The music is definitely interesting & catchy...Got my head bobbing. As for the interview, when you're ready get at us. We'd be interested in hooking something up. All the best!

Anonymous said...

Remy Ma was charged with attempted murder.

http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2007-07-15-remy-ma_N.htm?csp=34

No more group probably.

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