Rah Digga

Rashia Tashan Fisher (born December 18, 1974) is an American rapper, writer, activist and actress better known by her stage name Rah Digga. She is best known as a longtime member of the Flipmode Squad,[1] a hip hop group led by Busta Rhymes.[2] She has been called "one of rap's most prominent women MCs"[3] by AllMusic and "one of hip hop's most skilled female MCs" in the book How to Rap.[1]

Rah Digga
Birth nameRashia Tashan Fisher
Also known as
  • Harriet Thugman
  • Rah Diggity
Born (1974-12-18) December 18, 1974 (age 45)
Newark, New Jersey, United States
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • musician
  • singer
  • actress
Years active1993–present
Labels
Associated acts

Early lifeEdit

Rah Digga was born in New Jersey. She studied electrical engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.[3] She learned how to rap by studying the raps of KRS-One, Rakim, and Kool G Rap of the Juice Crew.[1]

CareerEdit

She worked with hip hop group Twice the Flavor before joining the Outsidaz,[3] leading to a feature on the track "Cowboys" from the Fugees album The Score.[3] She was spotted by Q-Tip at the Lyricist Lounge which led to her meeting Busta Rhymes and joining his Flipmode Squad[1][3] and has appeared on several Busta Rhymes albums.[1][3] Her debut solo, Dirty Harriet, was released in 2000 and featured Busta Rhymes and Eve.[3] She also worked with Bahamadia on the track "Be Ok" from Lyricist Lounge, Vol. 1.[3] At that time they were the two leading women of the Lyricist Lounge movement, which also served as the home base for artists such as Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Pharaohe Monch, Common Sense, Lord Have Mercy, Foxy Brown and Shabaam Sahdeeq. In 2001 she starred in the film Thirteen Ghosts and sung the title track "Mirror Mirror" on the soundtrack.

Her second album Everything Is a Story was due to be released on Clive Davis's J Records in 2004, but was shelved. Many songs from the album had leaked to the internet in an unofficial 23-track album of unreleased material, and in 2010 Rah Digga released her own version of the album, featuring additional tracks. Rah Digga released a new album, Classic, in 2010. Production was handled by Nottz, and a promo single was released entitled "This Ain't No Lil Kid Rap". Since then she has been releasing music independently through SoundCloud, Bandcamp and the iTunes Store. Digga currently co-hosts a podcast, Yanadameen Godcast, with a fellow rapper Lord Jamar and comedian, Godfrey.

ActingEdit

Rah Digga was cast in the film Thirteen Ghosts alongside Tony Shalhoub, F. Murray Abraham, Shannon Elizabeth and Matthew Lillard. In the same year, she also appeared alongside Beyoncé and Joy Bryant in MTV's Carmen: A Hip Hopera. In 2003 and 2009, she was featured in the documentary films Queens of Hip Hop (with Salt-N-Pepa) and Say My Name (with Erykah Badu, Jean Grae, Miz Korona, Remy Ma, and MC Lyte, among others). Additionally, Digga has appeared as a guest star on The Mo'Nique Show.

DiscographyEdit

Studio albums

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • BET Awards
    • 2006: Video of the Year ("Touch It (remix)"), Nominated
    • 2006: Best Collaboration ("Touch It (remix)"), Nominated
    • 2004: Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, Nominated
    • 2002: Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, Nominated
  • BET Hip Hop Awards
    • 2006: Hip-Hop Video of the Year ("Touch It (remix)"), Nominated
    • 2006: Best Collabo ("Touch It (remix)"), Winner
    • 2006: People's Champ Award ("Touch It (remix)"), Nominated
  • MTV Video Music Award
    • 2006: Best Rap Video ("Touch It (remix)"), Nominated
    • 2006: Best Male Video ("Touch It (remix)"), Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Edwards, Paul, 2009, How to Rap: The Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC, Chicago Review Press, p. 328.
  2. ^ Exclusive Hip Hop News, Audio, Lyrics, Videos, Honeys, Wear, Sneakers, Download Mixtapes
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Rah Digga at AllMusic

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