2022 Women's Hands and Voices
CFUV - Full Circle: Womxn in Hip Hop
Full Circle is one of CFUV’s recurring podcasts featuring stories from and about the community of black, Indigenous, and people of colour on Songhees, Wsanec, and Esquimalt territory (Victoria, BC). This podcast features a huge range of voices and covers topics from futureisms to burlesque.
This podcast explores the challenges that femme BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) hip hop artists have encountered in the Canadian hip hop industry. From men gatekeeping opportunities in the music industry to male interference in Womxn's music careers, this podcast investigates how Womxn are creating the representation they want to see in the male-dominated Canadian hip hop industry despite these intersecting barriers resulting in less than 1% of hip-hop producers in Canada being Womxn of colour. This podcast features the incredible, raw voices of Momma Rude Gyal, Tea Fannie, Miss Benzo, Whirlybird and Pegstar (Pegah). Their experiences range from heartwarming to harrowing and everything in between.
Womxn in Hip Hop was created by Melanie Lum, a multi-disciplinary artist who transforms trauma into art. Hip hop is a powerful tool that makes uncomfortable issues comfortable. Melanie gradually started actively searching for more femme Canadian rap artists, and interviewing them for her radio show; In The Realm of the Velvet Unicorn. These experiences would inspire her as the producer for Full Circle Season 3 - creating the podcast "Womxn in hip hop" to further amplify the stories of Canadian femme BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) hip hop artists.