You may know Lady Of Rage from her famous early-'90s hit single "Afro Puffs" that came out like a warning siren from a tough-as-nails sister and featured Snoop Dogg. Her deep, fearless voice bellowed through the speakers on said hit unexpectedly at Epic in Minneapolis on Thursday when Snoop surprised everyone with her introduction. It made the Wonderland High Tour truly memorable and had Twitter going crazy.
Lady of Rage has made quite an impact on hip-hop's timeline with her
lyrical style, but has been in hibernation cooking up her next album,
Verbal Abuse. Even with her absence from the scene, there was no need
for her to don a dark blue prison jumpsuit or have buff men dancing
behind bars (circa 1995 Source Awards) to demonstrate how fierce she still is.
We sat down with her backstage to catch up on everything from her afro puff styling routine to female emcees, and putting to rest Internet rumors.
CP: Such a pleasure to have you in the house. It was an unexpected surprise that you rolled through Minneapolis on this tour. What have you been up to?
LOR: I have been a hermit. I am creating. My new album coming out is called Verbal Abuse, and I want it to be right. My last album, Necessary Roughness, came out in a time when the empire was crumbling--Suge went to jail, Dre left, 2PAC was killed--everything was in shambles.... So this next project, I want it to be right. I want it the way the first one should have been done. And this will be my last one. Really, I am not motivated. I really don't feel too much love--I will always love the rap game; but me loving to do it? It's not what it used to be. The [music] that is out right now isn't really motivational to me. There aren't too many lyrics- just a bunch of hoopla.
CP: What do you feel is missing in Hip Hop?
LOR: Lyrics. I would like to see lyrical stuff--something that makes me say, "Wow. Did you hear what he/she just said?" to make me wanna go back and be like, "Oh naw, they can't out-do me." Make me want to step my game up. And I'm not hearing that.