Ra the MC Performs ‘Lions Den’ Live
Sounds of the DMV | ANKHLEJOHN Interview
Hip Hop fashionista RAtheMC has been described as an “International Tastemaker.” From performing at Hammerstein Auditorium in Central London to blazing the 2009 MTV VMA’s pre-show stage in Washington, D.C. RAtheMC embodies the tasteful, powerful charisma that is the Modern Metropolitan Female. She has been a driving force in the DMV.
On the outside she is seen as a “Fashion Forward” beautiful, young woman, but on the inside lays a highly intelligent, socially conscious, young woman on a mission. That mission being to influence the youth and speak for the voiceless. Wanting to inspire and uplift women through music similar to the way she was inspired by Hip Hop legend, Lauryn Hill.
“When Lauryn left the game, there was a void. There’s a lot of women who want to be inspired that love music and want to get through things that they’re going through in their everyday life, in relationships and in family. I want to speak to that crowd, especially to young women.”
Influencing young women is just one of her soon-to-be accomplished goals, but certainly is not the only one. Upon the completion of her “Heart of a Champion” debut, which received amazing reviews and impressive download numbers, also landing her a feature on MTV2 Sucker Free Countdown and BET’s My Mic Sounds Nice: Women in Hip Hop. In 2012, RatheMC became the first Hip Hop artist to perform on WTTG Fox Morning News and competed on the Fox hit series, The X factor. She has also launched her new clothing line, entitled “RTM,” which she debuted during DC Fashion Week 2013. The journey for RAtheMC has had a rye of moments from being celebratory, disappointing and conquering, but RAtheMC seems to be learning and loving every moment of it.