Don’t let the petite frame or striking brown eyes of this female emcee fool you. Rita J. is rugged and raw — and she can hold her own with any rapper in the game today. This fall, Rita J. is releasing her debut album, Artist Workshop on the Chicago-based independent label All Natural. Organic and soulful, Artist Workshop features Steph Staa, Cap D., Guilty Simpson, Yaw, Ka-Di, Adad, Mr. Greenweedz, Rashid Hadee, and Dylan Jones.
Born in Chicago, IL, Rita J. credits her father's massive collection of soul, pop, rock, r&b, disco and hip-hop records for instilling her with a love of hip-hop. While living in Chicago after college, she connected with the underground icons DJ Tone B. Nimble and MC capital D of the group All Natural. In 2002, she joined the collective officially. Rita J. was featured on numerous compilations and was part of the collective Family Tree for a few years honing her skills, studying and gearing up for her debut solo album.
In 2005, after fleeing a number of hurricanes, including Katrina, Rita J. ended up in Atlanta. She is also a dancer, actor and producer. Rita J. was featured in the independent film What Ever Happened To Hip-Hop? (directed by Sonali Aggarwal) alongside KRS-ONE, Nikki Giovanni, and Jean Grae. She is also featured in an upcoming film entitled Pathways directed by Eljay Williams.
Production on Artist Workshop is shared by Black Spade, Kenny Keys, Yuani, Rashid Hadee, Tre Styles, Willowtreez, Vick Lavender, and K-Kruz.
Artist Workshop drops November 10, 2009.