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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Rita J keeps hope alive on Artist Workshop

click to enlarge HOPE FLOWS: Rita J gushes with rhymes as uplifting as her 'fro.
  • HOPE FLOWS: Rita J gushes with rhymes as uplifting as her 'fro.

For an artist, finding inspiration can be a tricky thing. Some travel the world. Others travel their neighborhood. Rita J looked no further than her bedroom.

"Everything in my room was artsy, from the books and posters to the CDs," she says, describing the room in her father's Chicago home where she wrote the majority of her debut album, Artist Workshop. "It was very creative and I felt like I developed myself there. I was in my own little workshop, my zone."

While Rita found inspiration in her bedroom, the Chicago native shuffled around from city to city in search of a place to further enhance her artistic development upon graduating from Southern Illinois University. After hopping from Chicago to Miami, she finally found a creative home in Atlanta in 2005.

"The hip-hop community has embraced me," she says in her light, soprano voice. "There are so many female MCs [here] versus when I was in Chicago. In Atlanta I've met so many people from all over the place, and there's genuine friendship among us all, too."

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