I, The Legendary Pioneer MC Eva Marie King, BA, MS (est. 1973)
I, The Legendary Pioneer MC Eva Marie King, BA, MS (est. 1973) began voice training at four-years-old with my father Theodore King, who taught me how to sing along with recorded music. At age 5 my elder sisters taught me to sing the Jackson Five's classic song, "Darling Dear" which complemented my soprano singing voice, I studied African and modern dance at Gloria Jackson Dance School. I also toured New York City as an honor student singing with the Edward Kennedy Ellington School (P.S. 140 Queens) Glee Club in the mid-seventies. While singing in the Glee Club at P.S. 140 Queens I studied lead guitar. As an honor student I became a writer and poet in grade school, emulating Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni. Later, I admired and read about the lives of Ida B. Wells, Angela Davis and Assata Shakur.In 1976, during my freshmen year at Catherine and Count Basie Junior High School (JHS 72 Queens) while in the top honors class (6SPE1) I studied alto saxophone and met Lisa Angel Ray professionally known as The Real Lisa Ray http://www.Twitter.com/LisaAngelRay and President of Rockaway's Finest Entertainment.
After taking the exam and being accepted into Park West High School in Manhattan, New York City. I studied Culinary Arts and formed "The Everlastings Crew" in my freshman year of 1979. MC Sure Delight, MC Devoted D, MC Lady Love, MC Juiccy E (Eva Marie King), Baby J, Chee-Chee, Kiki, Sweet T and Shorty Don't are "The Everlastings." MC Juiccy E, MC Devoted D and MC Lady Love are "The Original Sweet Trio." MC Sure Delight, MC Sweet Lee and MC Betty Boo recorded on Tommy Boy Records and released "Fly Guy" and "Nonstop" using the name "Sweet Trio" with Harold "DJ Whiz Kid" McGuire in 1985.
DJ Jazzy Joyce holds the distinction of being the only Pioneer Woman of Hip Hop to learn DJing from The Legendary Pioneer DJ Whiz, DJed and recorded and performed with Sweet Trio. DJ Jazzy Joyce is a Legendary Pioneer.
Zulu Queen Lisa Lee, the Queen of MCs and The Only MC Queen (est. 1973) and MC Sha-Rock, the 1st Female MC of Hip Hop and the Official Mother of Hip Hop (est. 1976) were the first women MC's in the Hip Hop Movement that I heard, read about or saw perform. Prior to actually seeing their performances which was in the time period of 1977-1978, I had been rhyming with men, mostly DJ's, as the MCing genre as a separate entity was still evolving. Many of the MCs in SouthSide Jamaica Queens were DJs first, such as DJ Woody Wood, DJ Divine of Cipher of Sounds and Infinity Machine and myself.
Upon arriving at 1460 Bronx River Avenue in the Bronx River Houses (Bronx River Projects) in the summer of 1976 with my homegirl Spicy Shirl (est. 1976), who was a new resident and is now apart of my personal management team, I learned of the Zulu Nation (now referred to as The Universal Zulu Nation). Zulu Queen Lisa Lee who is a founding member of the Zulu Nation was a household name in Bronx River Houses by that time. The more I learned of the Zulu Nation's goals and program, I became interested and ecstatic about this new positive movement in the Black community.
I began studying two turntable DJing in 1973 with Robert Davis professionally known as The Genie aka DJ Rob of Bad Ass Disco (BAD), rhyming in 1976 with MC Spunky Dee (est. 1976) of The 169th Street Crew Girls, and MCing and DJ battling at Baisley Park Houses (Baisley Projects) with my homeboys DJ Mike D of the M&M Crew and DJ C.C & DJ Mr. Nice of Fantasy Disco against the Can't Be Stopped (CBS) DJs as MC Juiccy "E" in 1977." I am proud to proclaim that we never lost a battle in either DJing or MCing. We battled and performed together from 1977 until 1981 at houses parties, school yards, Merrick Marsden Neighborhood Association block parties, backyard cookouts, community centers and New York City Parks.
My most favorite park to MC at was P.S. 140 Queens as many of the members of my crews, The 169th Street Crew and The 169th Street Crew Girls had attended this school with me during the early and mid 1970's. I also loved MCing at block parties, community fairs, The New Park and Roy Wilkins Park.
The influence of Zulu Queen Lisa Lee, the Queen of MCs and The Only MC Queen (est. 1973) and MC Sha-Rock, the 1st Female MC of Hip Hop and the Official Mother of Hip Hop (est. 1976) on me is difficult to understand unless you choose to listen to the dreams of a former child prodigy now a mature Pioneer Woman of Hip Hop from the 1970's, mother, godmother, sister, aunt, friend, mentor, Writer, Volunteer Community Organizer, Businesswoman, Entrepreneur, DJ and MC.
The Legendary Pioneer, MC Eva Marie King, BA, MS est. 1973 aka 4EverGodsChild is the Editor-in-Chief of the Independent Artist Magazine (I AM) http://www.indieartmag.com Pioneer Women of Hip Hop from the 1970's special edition issue.