Straddling the thin space between spoken word and hip-hop, Washington, D.C.- based artist, Tarica June presents her aptly titled mixtape, Moonlight Revolution. “The moon not only helps you see when it’s dark, but it also represents women -- and a big focus of the mixtape is the female perspective that’s been lacking for so long” Tarica (pronounced like Erika) explains.
With songs like ‘Let it Go’ and ‘F.C.G. (Black Gurl Song)’ inspired by Ntozake Shange’s Choreopoem, For Colored Girls, Tarica June carves out her own lane, venturing into territory previously untouched by mixtapes. She says of F.C.G., “Within hip-hop I feel like you don’t hear Black girl songs anymore-- I’m talking about a real Black girl’s perspective – not what we think other people want to hear, or trying to become men in skirts, basically, but real Black girl songs.“
And with this project Tarica June does a great job of speaking for the sistas. She delves into matters of the heart, haters, creative adornment (being fly with thrift store finds), and the solace found in writing. She takes hip-hop to task for its misogyny (with songs like ‘Is There’ and ‘Put On’). Besides that, Tarica June cleverly flips well-known industry beats (and even a U2 sample), giving them entirely new meaning and charm, and then sprinkles in hard-hitting originals, showcasing her keen songwriting abilities with tracks like ‘Crazy Girls.’
“I stand alone on this mixtape—no crew -- no men introducing me to the world. Just me. . . It’s a project that I think those who pay attention to lyrics and those who’ve been craving some substance in hip-hop are really going to love” Tarica June says.