Rise of the Fly Girls: The Compton and South Central Women Who Helped Shape West Coast Hip Hop

The following essay is part of "Compton: Arts and Archives," which explores the history, arts and culture that make the 'Hub City' an arts city. It...

November 18, 2022
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The following essay is part of "Compton: Arts and Archives," which explores the history, arts and culture that make the 'Hub City' an arts city. It is cross-published from Sēpia Collective in response to its "Reading the City" conversations with Compton artists. Edited by Jenise Miller.I fell in love with Hip Hop in 1979. I would sit with a piece of paper, my ears glued to the speaker, writing out a song word for word. Reciting the lyrics made me feel cool and empowered. Hip Hop was storytelling that gave a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of people who looked just like me.