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[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
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[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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"The record not only hits hard, it grooves on every level. From the rapid-fire flows to the killer beats, to the affirming interludes proclaiming female involvement in hip hop from the very beginning, the entire album works with masterful intent." - Chicago Crowd Surfer, Issue #52

synergy | ˈsinərjē | (also synergism | -ˌjizəm | ) noun: 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.

Synergy is the first all-woman produced, performed, and engineered Hip-Hop album created by Jovan Landry. The development of the album began in 2016 when Jovan Landry had a conversation former emcee TeQuila "Unmuvabo" Shabazz. Shabazz generally said: "I want to see a female rap album." The rest was history. Landry gathered some of her favorite women emcees from Chicago and sought after grants. In 2017, she discovered the WeWork Creator Awards application with a short deadline through a Black Women's Entrepreneur group on GroupMe, and immediately she applied. In May 2017, Jovan was awarded the Incubate grant from WeWork Creator Awards in Detroit. Synergy was no longer than an idea, and it was time to follow through. WeWork Creator Awards was a tremendous support to this project to cover production and marketing costs and compensate all of the artists that contributed to the album.

Why Chicago? Why only women? Chicago gave birth to many great Hip-Hop acts: Common, Da Brat, Twista, Kanye West, Shawnna, Chance The Rapper, and more. Chicago has adopted its own Hollywood, home to many TV shows and films. Like its landscape and the people in it, Chicago has versatility, flavor, energy, and, most of all, a vibrant music scene. Working face to face with the talent that's already present in Chicago. Within the last five years, women have been taking over in the creative industry all around the world. In Hip-Hop's time of existence, we have never seen a project from top to bottom crafted entirely by women & femme identified artists before Synergy. This what makes Synergy the stand out from any other woman Hip-Hop project ever created.

Through two years of hard work, commitment, dedication, constant communication, embracing the experience and creative freedom of each artist, and accountability: The album was completed and released on March 15, 2019, during Women's History Month. The format of the album consists of 11 original tracks: The emcees (Jovan Landry, Sundé, Tweak'G, Tee Spirit, Jade The Ivy, Sauda Muse, JuJu MinXXX and Glitter Moneyyy), were divided in half to contribute to one of the two lead singles: "Synergy Cypher Pt. 1" and "Synergy Cypher Pt. 2". Following the singles, the two artists paired together based on the instrumental they chose (Production by Jovan Landry, _Qisum, K Flow, and Schenay). As the artists worked with each other for the first time, writing and recording sessions scheduled to create their concept for their song. Five songs resulted from these collaborations. The remaining four tracks are interludes of interviews Jovan Landry conducted with Hip-Hop artists, educators, organizers, mentors, and curators involved in the Chicago Hip-Hop scene for decades: TeQuila "Unmuvabo" Shabazz, Lady Flipside, Lady Gemstar, Jaquanda Villegas, Jacinda Bullie, Tasleem Jamila, Ang13, Anyi Ahlation, and Amina Ayo. Their responses to women in hip-hop gave narration and a story to the album that was insightful, informative, and retrospective. Their voices were a way to include and connect all of the generations of women in hip-hop. The album was recorded and engineered by Landry and Viibez from LSD Studios, Chicago.

Since its release, Synergy featured the Chicago Tribune, Windy City Live, Vocalo Radio, and NPR; nominated for three awards at LA Music Video Awards and screened both music videos at Women of The Now Anniversary Screening; performed at Columbia College Chicago, Wicker Park Fest and The Fly Honey Show. Before its release, hosted a music video premiere screening & discussion at Experimental Station, spoke about Synergy at WeWork Creator Awards in Berlin, and at the Women in Hip-Hop Conference at St. Louis University. In July 2019, Jovan Landry donated two physical CD copies to the archives at Universal Hip-Hop Museum. In August 2019, The Synergy Collective hosted its first free Hip-Hop workshop series for young women and girls at Experimental Station. They produced, wrote, and engineered their song, and presented what they learned in a live performance and screen their music video.

"Synergy,” is the result of the cumulative effort of a myriad of female creators, from graphic designers to producers to audio engineers. A love letter to female creatives and acknowledging of the unique obstacles women in hip-hop face, the project is a moving testament to female solidarity, and ultimately shows the industry how it’s done." - Erin "Rin" Davis, VOX ATL

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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.
Interviews featuring TeQuila "Unmuvabo" Shabazz, Lady Flipside, Lady Gemstar, Jaquanda Villegas, Jacinda Bullie, Tasleem Jamila, Ang13, Anyi Ahlation, and Amina Ayo.
Produced by Jovan Landry, _Qisum, Schenay, K Flow.
Vocals recorded by Jovan Landry at 1/3 Studios, Chicago.
"AF" vocals recorded by Glitter Moneyyy in Chicago.
Mixed and Mastered by Viibez in LSD Studios in Chicago.
"Synergy Cypher Pt. 1" and "Synergy Cypher Pt. 2" mixed by Jovan Landry at 1/3 Studios, Chicago.
Photographs in CD Digipak by Zakkiyyah Najeebah.
Album Art: Damaly Keo.
CD Digipak Design by Jovan Landry.

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Jovan Landry Chicago, Illinois

The "One-Third Emcee" is known for her articulate lyrics, energetic stage presence, and beats, with an androgynous-athletic swagger. In a decade, Landry has self-released five projects, taught workshops, and performed throughout the U.S and internationally. Jovan is the recipient of the WeWork Creator Award; a grant used to produce the first all-women produced & performed hip hop album Synergy. ... more

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