For the latest edition of the Women in Hip-Hop video series, we’re chatting with writer, author, and all-around phenom, Clover Hope! During our sit-down interview, Hope deep dives into her trajectory as a Hip-Hop documentarian and all the triumphs and challenges she’s faced while on that path; from highs like working with Beyoncé on Black Is King to difficulties like having her knowledge questioned simply because she’s a woman.
Hope, a former deputy editor at VIBE, chats about themes leading up to a few of her career highlights —including that DMX-Barack Obama moment — and the often heartbreaking stories she heard while writing her book The Motherlode: 100+ Women Who Made Hip-Hop. In the interview below, she details why she felt it was so important to highlight the stories of the often pushed-aside female pioneers in the genre and compile them in one space, complementing one another and adding to the rich fabric of Hip-Hop history.
“I like telling stories where I’m filling a gap and not telling stories the same way over. This was a way in which I could provide another lens of what the story of hip-hop is. We hear [about] it a lot in one way,” Hope explains. “There are so many other faces, people that I grew up on like Solé. I wanted to reach out to them and really tell and fill in that gap of information and give the Act II as well.
“Here’s the other side of the story that’s different from what you have been told. The woman’s perspective. The girl growing up in hip-hop. What was she feeling? What was she going through? What kind of music was she making as a result of all that? We grew up [as] girls in hip-hop. It’s a different perspective and lens that we bring compared to a boy growing up loving Nas and Biggie.”
The Motherlode: 100+ Women Who Made Hip-Hop is available at your nearest Barnes and Nobles, on Apple Books, Amazon and more.