The Openly Lesbian, Bilingual hip hop/pop artist.
By Emma Cornish
I would like to take the time to introduce you to a Somerset County, NJ recording artist named Substance.
Substance is a bilingual hip hop/pop musician whose style can be compared to that of Pitbull and maybe Flo-Rida, mixed with Eminem.
She is an open lesbian whose talent has been welcomed on many platforms such as being Somerset County's Artist Spotlight recipient, and performing at schools and universities throughout the tri-state area.
Her music is driven by one mission; which is to uplift, encourage, and inspire the masses.
“……This is my gift from God. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to cope.” (Substance 2008)
Hailing from Brooklyn’s Bed Stuy section of New York City, “Substance” has endured her fair share of trials and tribulations. She was highly attracted to the hip hop culture the moment she heard Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh’s La Di Da Di. A true 80’s baby, it was at the tender age of nine that Substance began rapping by rearranging song lyrics of any relevant artist of that time. Being born into a family blessed with a variety of musical talents, there is no wonder if music runs in her blood.
Substance credits her inspiration to the hip hop legend MC Lyte. Although she encompasses a style of her own, she doesn’t mind being compared to the likes of MC Lyte, Da Brat, and the late Left-Eye, all of whom have shared in rousing the young Substance. Having always received encouragement from her mother, she considers Mom to be her biggest fan. With her motivation, drive, and passion for the art, Substance is ready to usher in the return of “the real hip hop” by means of lyricism.
Having dealt with abuse, drugs, crime, and more, to see Substance standing, in spite of everything she's endured, is nothing short of amazing.
Check out her song "The Wiz In Me":