Often credited as one of hip-hop’s top female lyricists of all time, New Jersey native Rashia Fisher has been active in the industry since the mid-1990s. Her first prominent appearance was alongside Lauryn Hill on The Fugees’ 1996 single “Cowboys”, credited as a member of the Outsidaz.
However, her career really took off at the Lyricist Lounge in New York City, where she joined emcee Bahamadia as the movement’s two leading ladies. It was there that she was noticed by A Tribe Called Quest member Q-Tip, who proceeded to introduce her to Busta Rhymes.
When Q-Tip noticed her at the Lyricist Lounge, he introduced her to Busta Rhymes. She became the first woman to join his group Flipmode Squad, offering up several scene-stealing verses on their 1998 album Imperial. Two years later, she released her debut solo album Dirty Harriet. She would continue to collaborate with Busta over the years, showing up on popular tracks like “I Know What You Want” and “Touch It (Remix)”.
In 2007, Rah Digga left the group on good terms in order to take control of her own career. She proceeded to collaborate with RZA and Black Thought of The Roots, and in 2010, she unveiled a pair of albums - her unreleased 2004 sophomore project Everything Is A Story and a brand new collection of songs entitled Classic.
As an independent artist, Rah Digga continues to release new music through Bandcamp, Soundcloud and iTunes. Her two most-recent politically charged singles “Angela Davis” and “Thinkin’ Out Loud” were well-received by hip-hop blogs, and through feuds with Iggy Azalea and other random musings on Twitter, she continues to make it into the headlines.
“When we saw Foxy Brown … she still was special because she was only 14 at the time, and she was kicking tighter rhymes than the majority of the people in the spot,” says Danny Castro, 25, who helped start the Lounge.
“We knew that she was going to have a time to like, blow up." - Lyricist Lounge founder Danny Castro speaking about Foxy
(Pictures are of Foxy performing at Lyricist Lounge)