HONEY CAMILLE KARMA
Written by Glo(w) | Playlist Embedded
The charms exuding from black femininity don’t easily fade. Black girl magic is alive and well, casting spells on even the most unlikely vessel. Images and appropriation has proven that the world is enamored by the black woman. Even the most disrespectful child has some appreciation for the source of their life.
There is a subtle shift occurring amongst the sexes. Yes, men still need to advocate for women in spaces where masculinity reigns. No, women are not waiting for men to carve out space on any inch of the planet. Mothers aren’t required to announce their presence in their own home. Within the microcosm of hip-hop, it’s no secret that black women are marginalized. Seemingly, industry leaders suffer from an overwhelming madonna-whore complex. Female MCs are marketed as either those who enlighten or those who seduce. Femcees are either the vixen or the revolutionary. An entire spectrum of female identities are amiss. Realistically, black women are all of the above. Every characteristic, from hair color to tonality of voice, has risen from the womb of black women. Our identities cannot be packaged in one sitting.
St. Louis native Honey Camille is versatility personified. With her work, she offers lyrics that rival any hardcore rapper, an enticing image, and stories that are all too familiar for black girls. She is a metaphorical Siren of hip-hop, luring in listeners with her captivating stage presence and one-of-a-kind delivery. Be careful to watch your step in her presence lest you crash on the shores of authenticity.
Witness her supernatural juju and get to know the enchantress below.
For the record, what mediums of art do you partake in?
I’ve learned to appreciate every aspect of art and I incorporate what inspires me into my music, stage presence, and acting.
How long have you been creating?
Honestly, as far as my memory can think back. I started writing poetry around the age of 8, if not younger. I have always sung my little heart out, but rapping came into play around the age of 10.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned about yourself through your creative process? What inspires you?
I found myself through music, and I still find out something new about myself every day. I really learned how strong of an impact my words can have, and how powerful the Gift that God gave me is. Words can make or break people and music is just as powerful. I am blessed to have this gift, but I still take caution with my words. I’m inspired by my family, struggles, heart breaks, fans, and most importantly God. I know this is what he created me for, and I intend to do it to my fullest potential.
What do you think about the way masculinity is presented in the media and hip-hop specifically?
I think it has taken over, which makes it harder for female hip-hop artists because the light is only shined on basically one female when there are so many more. Men can get away with somethings that we can’t, but we know how to go around that. Never underestimate the power of a woman.
What do you think about the way femininity is presented in media and hip-hop specifically?
It is a lot of pressure. You are judged on your looks, weight, style, and overall personality. Sad to say, in this new time and era, sex sales. I’m all for being sexy but I see nothing wrong with switching it up. I think it’s more money put into the plastic surgery and image of the artist than the music. But I am here to change that.
What larger themes exist in your music? What is the most important idea you want people to get from your art?
I just put what I go through in my personal life into my music. I pray before recording as well before performing. No matter what I perform, I hope someone relates and understands my music. Most importantly, I want people to get the strength to move forward in life or get over that piece of shit they cry about.
What’s on your playlist? Who are you listening to?
Literally everything. My music will switch between gospel, rock, to reggae, trap, and old school hip-hop. The main artists that stay on repeat are Prince, SZA, 2Pac, Bob Marley, Lil Boosie, Migos, Paramore, and Pink--and myself lol. It’s way more. That’s just a few.
What do you think about music’s classification of genres?
I think of music as a language we all can relate to. You may not understand someone’s culture or language but you all can have the same taste in music and relate to the lyrics.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
You’re an artist put how you feel into your music. God will make room for your gift. And never hold back. Give everything your all and fuck what they say.