Synergy

by Jovan Landry

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"Billboard called music production “the ultimate boys club of the industry,” and it’s true. Since the introduction of the Grammy category for producer of the year, non-classical in 1975, only a handful of women — including Janet Jackson, Paula Cole, Sheryl Crow, Lauryn Hill, Mariah Carey, and Lisa Coleman and Wendy Melvoin from Prince‘s band The Revolution — have been nominated. No woman has ever won it. Beyond shiny trophies, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift are the only two women to land on Billboard‘s year-end Top Producers chart in the last decade. Yes, you read that right. The disparity is just as evident when you look at Hip-Hop. Despite the presence of chart-topping women on the mic like Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, the majority of the producers are men. In fact, most Hip-Hop fans probably can’t name enough woman Hip-Hop producers to count on one hand.

Enter SYNERGY, a Chicago-based collaborative Hip-Hop album curated by Jovan Landry. The idea came to Landry, a filmmaker, photographer and emcee based in Chicago a few years back when she noticed the lack of opportunities for women to produce Hip-Hop music. The album will not only feature some of the hottest women emcees in Chicago, but every producer, engineer, videographer, photographer and graphic designer involved with the project is a woman." ~ Nadirah Simmons, The Gumbo

Synergy consist a total of 11 tracks: Nine up and coming Chicago rappers/emcees were divided in half to contribute to one of the 2 lead singles: "Synergy Cypher Pt. 1" and "Synergy Cypher Pt. 2". Following the singles, the artist are randomly paired with another based on an original instrumental they chose. As the artists/producers worked with each together for the first time, writing and recording sessions were scheduled so they can meet and create their concept for their song. 5 songs resulted from these collaborations. The remaining 4 are interludes that consists of interviews with Chicago Hip-Hop "Veterans" who has been involved in Hip-Hop for over 20 years. These women are emcees, educators, event organizers and mentors. It is important to allow their voices to shine and to show them how much they are appreciated, as they’ve paved the way for the artists after them.

Synergy is the embodiment of Chicago Hip-Hop, women empowerment, collaboration and simply, women being able to do it all in a male dominated industry, where we’re not just the face of the product. When you listen to Synergy, the love and the space that the ladies hold for each other is quite prevalent. Synergy is defined as "the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects " which exactly that this album stands for. In 2017, Jovan Landry received a grant from WeWork Creator Awards in the Incubate Category to make this project come to life and to reach its highest potential. The goal is for Synergy to not just reach our Chicago family, but everyone around the world to know that women in hip-hop can work together in many different forms.

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released March 15, 2019

Executive Producer: Jovan Landry
Written and Performed by Jovan Landry, Glitter Moneyyy, Sauda Muse, Jade The Ivy, Sunde, Tee Spirit, JuJu MinXXX and Tweak'G
Music Producers: Jovan Landry, _Qisum, Schenay, K Flow
Recorded by Jovan Landry ("AF" Recorded by Glitter Moneyyy)
Engineer: Viibez
Album Art: Damaly Keo

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Jovan Landry Chicago, Illinois

Jovan Landry is a Chicago Inter-disciplinary Artist (Film, Photo, Music). The “One Third Emcee” started producing and rapping at 16 years old and has released 4 projects, taught at Old Town School of Folk Music and performed on stages nationally & internationally. In 2017, Jovan was awarded with a grant from WeWork Creator Awards to produce Synergy, an all-woman produced & performed Hip-Hop LP. ... more

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Track Name: Synergy Cypher Pt. 1 (Jovan Landry, Glitter Moneyyy, Sauda Muse and Jade The Ivy) [Prod. Jovan Landry]
[Chorus: JOVAN LANDRY]
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
Down to a science 'cause you know we got that chemistry
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
Down to a science 'cause you know we got that chemistry

[VERSE: QUEEN TRASHLEY OF GLITTER MONEYYY]
Badass bitches blowing shit up!
Fight in my blood, success in my cup
Black woman spirits lead me, blue magic scented air
Drinking whiskey party hard, then I sit back in prayer
Womanhood's a war, world don't want us ahead
Trapped door in disguise, guillotine for their heads
Yo, we the women, hear us roar
When we stand together, there's always room for more

[VERSE: TAYYY SLAYYY OF GLITTER MONEYYY]
This femininty in my vicinity
Got me (clit!) with electricity
Feel that lightening in my veins
Excite your organs and your brain
Spit coming out in perfect flames
We got money in our name
Dream come true, champagne we sponsored
Queendom came, we saw, we conquered

[VERSE: SAUDA MUSE]
From the city, where they hit the niggas with a hollow tip
Female emcee, so I gotta represent
Rap game been dry, still coming in
Hoping that I rip a tail, bottom ligaments
A muse for the mass so I come in increments
Show up at your function, never come to this
Always giving love, though we tangled enough
And my lyrics painting pictures, gotta clean off my brush
Clear your vision to see my visions, they summon me up
I'll assemble my wisdom and turn my heart in a box
And when I gift you with my presents, give my love from the top
I'm not aiming for the fame, just need my bank to go up
All about my growth or not, I'll keep it abrupt
Keep ya hands to ya sides, don't be feeling me up
The feeling's enough, you know, overthinking too much
If you with me, then you winning, gotta keep it a buck

[Chorus: JOVAN LANDRY]
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
Down to a science 'cause you know we got that chemistry
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
Down to a science 'cause you know we got that chemistry

[VERSE: JADE THE IVY]
I be all about the unity, talking like it's you and me
Always under scrutiny, I be like why be like wow
Never let a fuck nigga come and tear us down
There can only be one queen says the fuckin' clown
So much hate in my muthafuckin' town
City by the lake and we fuckin' let 'em drown
So many queens, so many crowns
I'ma adjust yours and never tear it down
They pit us against each other like hitman
And that's that shit that I cannot stand
I wanna go Donnie Yen in the IP man
I do it for the love, I don't know about the hate
I gotta keep it pure and accept my fate
Remember Foxy, Missy, Kim in '98
Said everybody can eat, just come and grab a plate
Said everybody can eat, just come and grab a plate, ya!

[Chorus: JOVAN LANDRY]
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
Down to a science 'cause you know we got that chemistry
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
Down to a science 'cause you know we got that chemistry

[VERSE: JOVAN LANDRY]
Coming straight from The Go and you know
That this city is so pretty when we step up on the scene
'Cause we sicky with the flows, and you say you didn't know?
The synergy's energies combined together, together we'll blow
This not for the faint heart, we so strong from the start
And now it's getting, better than ever
We're here to bring the terror, the best emcees around
And we lift each other up, not put our sisters down
Doing something that has never been done under the sun
Making hip-hop history, we are the chosen ones
Crowning ourselves: Acknowledgment is power, we empower
We in power, it's time to take control of what is ours
We're hungry in the streets so we devour
And we stand up for ourselves, so you know we ain't no cowards
Where the city has the Sears Tower, yeah no Willis
We're here up in the building, healing millions, making billions, uh

[Chorus: JOVAN LANDRY]
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
Down to a science 'cause you know we got that chemistry
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
It's Synergy, don't got a lot of enemies
Down to a science 'cause you know we got that chemistry
Track Name: Synergy Cypher Pt. 2 (Jovan Landry, Sundé, Tee Spirit, JuJu MinXXX and Tweak'G) [Prod. K Flow]
[INTRO: JOVAN LANDRY]
Whoo! I don't think you ready for this heat man…
Synergy Cypher Part 2…
Women in Hip Hop in Chicago stand-up!
Uh huh, let's go… Uh… Yo...

[VERSE: JOVAN LANDRY]
The timing of the essence
This is what you waiting for, we’re coming with your blessing
And yeah but from The Chi but our voice is choice of weapon
If you ain’t for the women energy, get the steppin’
I reckon at times they be all about the doubt
But until you get some clout, they’ll be going back to checkin’
We’re changing the narrative on what is imperative
Clear the air like is Claritin on the female presence
We hold our heads high, but don’t act like we're better than
‘Cause you know that we're better than that
The synergies how we be, how we reprimand
The false news they conclude when were under attack
Ain’t looking back, we come up with facts
‘Cause when it comes to the game you know that we can't do it detached
From our mommas, our sisters, our mentors array
Paving ways like the Queen's did a back-in-the-day like ayyy…

[VERSE: SUNDE]
Tying up the curtains for the sunshine sensation
Body been based on contemplating changes for foundation bases
Building can’t be bound with the bottom breaking
Bottom line the earth be quaking, chandelier shaking
Face it face is aging, ain’t it amazing
Mama I’m dazing at the stars thinking this can’t be the limit
To be specific, high as indo still seem too low
Tip toe till I reach my end goal
Break down barriers, whole team tearing up
No fears scaring us, Headstrong, back bone gearing up
Give thanks to the ones before me
Adore all the front ones who encore me
Of course the force is for me
Coast to coast we forming
Ways to invade your speakers
Let the soul speak to you


[HOOK: TWEAK’G]
Y’all betta open y’all eyeeeyass like muthafucken now (muthafucken now)
Black woman in your presence so, you betta bow down (betta bow down)
And we’re beating all odds, while we rockin’ them crowns (rockin’ them crowns)
Say dat you ain’t know —well I bet you do right now (do right now)

[VERSE: TEE SPIRIT]
Magic when I stick the pen to page
Called up god she say she on her way
God fearing, God willing I make it
Monotone, This matriarch amazing Grace
Heal like Church on Sunday, praise the pain
Protect the spirit to the T, Uh
Innate ability to take what’s mine
Losing most my teeth, I’m on my grind
Gang gang gang gang gang don’t lose the vibe
Birthing seeds with flowers in their eyes
Illuminate I can’t be tamed
Half full the empty way
Swallow and evoke the pain
A grave where all my demons lay
To bad you let the women wake up
Outshining, redefining, outlining
What’s its suppose to be, Uh

[VERSE: JUJU MINXXX]
JuJu MinXXX, always strapped
I rep The Chi burbs, the middle-class trap
Did it for the ‘gram never had bad luck
Charm School opt out, we’re running a muck, uh
Diva cups out, free bleeding on your face
You can earn your Red Wings if you try to get a taste
Not here to sing you a Caucasian lullaby
White folks in they feelings, I ain’t here pacify
Black sex panther, black sex matters, black sex witch, I’ma black sex bitch
Dope... Liberated women at large... we in control, we in charge
Game recognize game, Tribe recognize tribe
Can't fuck with my squad, can't fuck with our vibe
Say some dumb shit this slut’ll clap back
Run! This pussy and this ass grabs back

[VERSE: TWEAK’G]
Give it up for the black queens
Making reality from these rap dreams
Together we’re established to stack cream
And this queen be the king of them rap things
And that’s facts Tweak’s to back to attack with the mac
Going hard in the paint like a strap in tha cat
And I snap on the track when you lack what I pack
Representing for The Chi got the city as my tatt
30 % feminine, 100 % militant
And a Niggah been killing it all fucken night
Bitch Niggah wanna fight cause he know that I’m a Dyke
But I hooked up with ladies alike me on the mic
And we form our own megazord in black tights
And mikes will slice I’m proud to be a Dyke
Anybody want to smoke yo shit I’ma light
And you better think twice and my only advice is....

[HOOK: TWEAK’G]
Y’all betta open y’all eyeeeyass like muthafucken now (muthafucken now)
Black woman in your presence so, you betta bow down (betta bow down)
And we’re beating all odds, while we rockin’ them crowns (rockin’ them crowns)
Say dat you ain’t know —well I bet you do right now (do right now)
Y’all betta open y’all eyeeeyass like muthafucken now (muthafucken now)
Black woman in your presence so, you betta bow down (betta bow down)
And we’re beating all odds, while we rockin’ them crowns (rockin’ them crowns)
Say dat you ain’t know —well I bet you do right now (do right now)

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