REVA Raps, (full name Reva Reisenbeck), is a female rapper who is changing how ''femcees'' are viewed. Her lyrics and flow are unlike anything in the Hip-Hop scene, Underground or Mainstream.
(Music is now on PANDORA! Type in "REVA" to listen to the channel and look for me on other stations)
REVA Raps released "Not a Tape" Mix on 2/8/14 which is available for Free download here:
http://reva.bandcamp.com/ which includes several remixes and a few original songs.
Her voice commands attention, and is crisp and clear. With over 15 years of experience in writing music, she is a true lyricist. She also has been sought after as a ghost writer for others. REVA incorporates her life into her music with an Urban meets Southern, meets intelligent rap sound.
Born in Northern Kentucky (Elsmere), to hard working blue collar parents, Reva Reisenbeck grew up in a trailer park. Poverty, violence, drugs, and struggles were predominant.
Exposure to Hip-Hop goes back as early as age 8, where she would listen to Snoop Doggy Dog in her brother's hoopty. Because of her brother, and the 90's surge of Hip-Hop, she quickly became an avid rap fan. She started writing and rapping at 11 years old. Her first recording was on sound recorder using Windows 95. She used a computer mic with pantyhose wrapped around it as a pop blocker.
As a teenager, her family and Reva moved deeper south in KY right outside of the capital of Frankfort. This area was more rural than the area she grew up in. She currently resides in Frankfort, KY.
To sum up her current mission in a recent interview:
"I'm trying to bring back the spark missing in Rap music, and in the industry in general. It's turned into gold chains, bragging about money, and an autotuned, stupid mess.
I want to bring lyricism back, but most importantly, FEELING.
The musical formula is mostly garbage right now. Music shouldn't be a formula to make money. It's artistic expression, feeling.
Image has also overpowered musical ability. Because I don't look the part of other female rappers or artists, I've been shunned. Looks do not equate talent.
I want to to help change this all. Help me bring back the art!"
"For the people who never felt accepted, who always felt neglected. It's our mission to prove we're a force to be reckoned with.'' -REVA Raps
REVA Raps goes by her first name, meaning ''revived'' or ''star''.