5 Questions with Detroit-based activist/rapper Invincible

Detroit rapper and community activist Invincible came through the Twin Cities to rip the mic at the Taste of Philly at Trocaderos last weekend. From learning English through rap songs at the early age of 7 and writing rhymes at 9, to using hip-hop to inspire social change, Invincible is a forward-thinking emcee with a mission. Her music reflects a strong passion and commitment to her community. Released on her own label, Invincible's new album, Shapeshifters even features a "docu-music video" with several young folks and activists discussing their ideas for sustainable development in Detroit. Even though she is quite serious, she can surely throw down in a fight -- and by the way, loves Boggle.

CP: You're reppin' Detroit but will be playing a show called "A Taste of Philly." What's up with that?

I: Detroit and Philly are sister cities musically -- the sounds have influenced each other greatly, so sometimes people get us mixed up. I was honored to share a stage with these legendary Philly artists who I grew up listening to. I guarantee [you can find me] wearing Detroit gear from head to toe, and shouting out "The D" every 5 minutes at [any] show!

CP: You have a very interesting life rooted in music, political dissent and activism. But please, tell us something no one knows about you.

I: When I was in 6th grade, I punched an 8th grade boy at synagogue during Yom Kippur (day of atonement) for calling me a "wigger."

CP: Self-managing your own music career must be a challenge. Tell us a hilarious (or not so hilarious) story about this unique experience that you can sit back and laugh about now.

I: Ten years ago, one of the biggest music magazines in the country tried to interview me for an article about white female rappers. Since I didn't have a manager to convince me to seize the opportunity for its exposure, I flatly declined the interview, and was quoted in the article for telling the writer that the topic was too boring to talk about. A few months ago, the same magazine reached out again, this time for an article actually focused on my music and recent album, ShapeShifters. The biggest lesson I've learned in this industry is that there is no such thing as a "once in a lifetime chance," especially when it comes to chances that could potentially compromise your integrity.

CP: Picture this: you are going to spend a week on a deserted island. What one thing would you bring?

I: Assuming that this island came with an all you can eat and drink buffet, I would say Boggle. I'm addicted to word games- they provide hours of endless fun and writer's block remedies.

CP: You have mentioned that you used rap music to help you learn English. What is the most memorable line of a song that still strikes you today?

I: "Even if they won't let me in heaven, I'll raise hell...'til it's heaven."- Jay Z (off of a mid 90s freestyle with Big L on Stretch and Bob's radio show)

For more information on the artist, visit www.EMERGENCEmusic.net

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