FeFeline’s Paw Prints:
New to this Rave scene I’ve become obsessed with the euphoria but disappointed in the presence of my people. In case you couldn’t tell, I’m black. Before you ask, I’m just plain ol’ regular ass black, at least as far as I know. So when I say “my” people, I mean Black Americans. Us black folk have a very rich culture, especially in the arts, and I think we don’t get enough credit for the amount of shit we have introduced to this world. Honestly, we’ve put rhythm and soul into the mix sucked all the little white kids of the world into ours. You can’t deny the deep bass when you feel it. Our creation of Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Hip Hop, Reggae etc has over time has drawn in more of a diverse listening audience than any other genre. Everybody listens and loves our shit. Go ahead think about… Give me another genre that was not derived from black culture that has a diverse listening crowd. Ok if you did its cool because I just made up this fact. I honestly don’t know if my statement is true, but it feels true. When you go to a country concert it be all white people, when you go to a Fiesta, it’ll be all Hispanics, But at a Hip Hop concert sometimes I see more “other races” than black people. I have no problems with that, but it begs the question, “Why do Black people not venture out?” I don’t have the answer, but I do feel like black party people are missing out.
I want this blog to open up a new world of entertainment to those who may have previously thought this scene is not for them.
Well they are not missing out on country music, because that shit is still terrible. Sorry Nelly, #iCant. However, Electronic Dance Music is the shit. I want this blog to open up a new world of entertainment to those who may have previously thought this scene is not for them.
I was born in Baltimore but raised in Columbia, Maryland. Baltimore club music has been the base for shaping my style of dance and partying. If you have listened to Baltimore club, you know they rely on witty short phrases like “Girl… back that ass up” or “Watch out for the Big Girl” slammed on top of bass heavy tunes. Each banger is about a minute or two at which time the beat will build and build then hit you with the punch. That’s when the twerking and ass shaking becomes more intense. Sounds familiar huh?? Yea because essentially that’s what EDM is made of…
For undergrad I attended Hood College in Fredrick, Maryland. Also known as “FredNeck” Maryland. It was up in the boonies not in the Hood. People love that corney ass joke: “Word your school is in the Hood?” Shut up stupid, you sound dumb. No, my school was up route 70 at the beginning of the mountain. It was named after Margret Hood (don’t ask how I remembered that). It was originally an all girls school and during my time there, the school had transitioned to Co-ed. There were all of 30 men living on campus. Talk about a male:female ratio. Besides the lack of men there were probably 50 black people on campus… I’m guesstimating but I’m pretty sure I close. This led to the discovery of GoGo music, as there were more students from DC than Baltimore. GoGo kinda reminds me of club music that incorporates African drums. There is bass but its more fluid opposed to hard hitting and “beating yo feet” is a necessary skill.
After graduating I worked in Rockville, Maryland and met my bougie friends who insisted on living the Sex in the City lifestyle. This included frequenting Love Night Club and The Park on Fourteenth. To even step foot into those clubs you had to dress to impress. That meant 6 inch heels, bandage dress and a beat face. This was the era in which the Tomboy was forced out and Diva took over. Now I still have my boyish ways but now I love being a little fashionista. My closet changed drastically and so did my style of dance. That’s when Reggae and Dance Hall entered my heart and became life. You can’t dance to GoGo or Bmore club is 6 inch heels but you can wind yo’ hips while standing in place…
Soon after, I found myself going back to school to earn my Masters in nursing which moved me back to Baltimore. With a new group of friends, I became apart of the Soca vibes from the islands. Now that is a mix of reggae and club music. You can wind your hips and stop your feet and it’s all good. Towards the end of Masters program I met my New White Friends (NWFs) which I affectionally call them whether they like or not. JkJk they don’t care. They have taken my journey to the EDM world. I’ve taken all that I have learned from my party past and apply it here. Since I feel like I’m the only black person in that bitch I rock out.
EDM is a carefree environment. No one judges you because there is probably someone more “crazy” in attendance. So I do whatever ever dance move feels good. Apparently I need to learn how to shuffle. Surprisingly, I’m having a difficult time getting it just right. I’m sure it will come to me.
This recent introduction to a whole new world of Electronic Dance Music has been exciting and fun. From it, has evolved a new alter ego FeFeline the giver of KandyGems.
I would love to invite you to take this adventure with me as I explore EDM, raves and the culture from the perspective of a black girl. My page will tell my stories, written from my point of view and based on my opinions the #RaveLife.