Aug 17, 2023
For this episode of Pass the Mic, we sat down with Nashville-based hip hop artist Daisha McBride, also known as The Rap Girl.
Daisha first gained attention for her music while recording and sharing videos of herself rapping while attending MTSU as a college student. At the age of 27, Daisha has already released three full-length albums and numerous singles. She is the subject of the recent documentary In Her Element directed by Idil Ibrahim. The documentary was featured on BET as part of its Queen Collective series, hosted by Queen Latifah, which is an initiative showcasing Black female and nonbinary filmmakers. In this conversation, Daisha discusses her dedication to emotional vulnerability and authenticity within her music, including her exploration of her own queer identity. She also shares her thoughts about Nashville’s relationship with the Black hip-hop community, including structural barriers and racism that can limit access to opportunities that are often readily provided to white country artists.
Pass the Mic: Creating a Stage for Change provides an opportunity for artists from marginalized and underserved communities to share their art with others. Through concerts/performances, visual art displays, discussions and panels focusing on important issues, and educational opportunities, artists have the chance to engage with the community. The Tennessee Theatre is proud to provide a space for audiences and artists to better understand one another.
This podcast is brought to you by the Historic Tennessee Theatre, produced by Becky Hancock and Cecilia Wright, and engineered and edited by Ben McLaughlin. Music composition, sound design, and additional production assistance is provided by William Wright. This project is being supported in part by The Tennessee Arts Commission. Graphics by Danica Thompkins.