Houston's long and storied hip-hop game claims a fair share of rap royalty. From the Geto Boys and Screwed up Clique reppin' the Southside, Michael Watts and Swishahouse on the North, and the Underground Kings next door in Port Arthur, each of these acts is both legendary and influential.
But strangely enough, H-Town hath no queen.
Kenika Moffett, 23, is the elusive crown's frontrunner. The first lady of the Day One Fam, she also reps the Chill Factor. Moffett is blessed with a vicious flow that can run from red hot to ice cold. She's classy, intelligent, and as rough and tumble as they come. Given that she's raising three young sons, her grind and determination are all the more impressive.
"Having three boys is hard," she says. "They're so much of my motivation. It's almost impossible to stop because I know where my talent and drive can take me, and I can give them a better life than I ever had."
The unsigned artist recently released the underground album The Diary of a Hood Chick, of half freestyles/half original material produced by Young Samm of Break Them Boys Off Productions.
The original track "All on My MySpace" might be responsible for providing enough of a buzz outside her hometown to get her the attention she deserves.
"I feel like I have a couple of songs that should get played on the radio that are already getting played in the clubs," Moffett explains. "I'm slept on, but I won't complain 'cause I feel like I'm going through the challenges and the struggle for a reason, and I'll appreciate it more once I have it."
Moffett is confident she'll eventually gain widespread acceptance. "I wanna show 'em what Houston is working with. I'm hoping and almost positive people will be feeling me, 'cause I'm bringing good music. Remember the name and check me out on MySpace."