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ABSOLUTE NSYTE

 

Resiliency is a mark of a true artist. The ability to withstand the ups & downs of the music business while writing, arranging & composing great music, is a feat in itself. But to also hold down a different fort, capture a different moment shining as a mother, professional & business owner - takes the accomplishment of lyrical skill to a whole other level. Born on the south side of Chicago, Absyte has lived a full life. Understanding her humble beginnings in the hood, struggling to make ends meet to eventually raising a beautiful daughter, owning a successful consulting/publsuhing business while creating timeless music - Absyte has gifts to give in her music on life, achievement, failure and the ultimate triumph. Fans of classic hip hop vibe with the modern yet retro vision Absyte puts forth. Guided by her love of God, life and the tenacity of spirit to create, Absyte has dug deep and produced a well rounded body of work surely that will move the crowd but inspire the masses.

 

 

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NEWS - CHICAGO TRIBUNE (04)

IT'S REIGNING WOMEN

Conscious hip-hop with an edge is the specialty of Absyte...., an intense, laser-eyed beauty with a biology-psychology degree and a 2003 New York battle-rap victory, against 16 men, under her belt. She recalls a sobering conversation with local hip-hop producer Xtreme:

”He very eloquently told me it’s a risk [for a record label] to try breaking a female hip-hop artist without having her trail behind a group of guys — like Lil’ Kim behind Biggie [Smalls] and Eve behind DMX,” Absyte says. “My feminist reaction was, `This is b.s.,’ but realistically, it’s probably true.”

Still, Absyte’s pushing her debut mix CD, “Absolute Swagga,” on her own, performing around town and aiming to encounter a record exec with a more enlightened outlook.

”There is some truth to the idea that a successful female rapper has to be either part of a male crew, or be eye candy,” says Bryan Leach, vice president of urban A&R at TVT Records, home of chart-toppers Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz. “Although the `eye candy’ factor can apply to males too — Ja Rule, for example, took off his shirt and promoted sexuality.

”Still, there is a double standard,” he acknowledges. “A perception that guys won’t buy records from a female MC who can rhyme but isn’t all that attractive.”
— Absyte - Chicago Tribune
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