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Abiyah / Press

“After responding to a Tweet requesting "lady vocals" for a Joy Division remake in December 2009, Abiyah began collaborating with LA Art Rapper Open Mike Eagle (Project Blowed/Swim Team/Thirsty Fish/Mush Records). Appearing on Eagle's June 2011 full-length release "Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes", Abiyah lent her vocals to the outro of closing track "Old Member Reclamation" in a redux of the chorus of Blondie's "The Tide is High." Look for an Open Mike Eagle appearance on an Abiyah tune in late Summer/early Fall.”


“There were more locals on the tented [Vans Warped Tour] Code of tha Cutz side stage, which hosted hip-hop acts. As Cincinnati's Abiyah began her set a crowd formed, initially looking to dodge a soft drizzle. Abiyah's brainy lyrics, which she rapped, sang and delivered in spoken word, kept the crowd hanging around after the skies dried up.”

Chris Varias - Cincinnati Enquirer

“As a white woman with atypical music that crosses genres of spoken word, Rock, experimental music and Hip Hop — all music of resistance that transcends class and color in Cincinnati — Abiyah’s experiences crossing lines are somewhat unique to the group. Abiyah, who, until recently, had worn her hair in dreadlocks since the ’90s, admits she “put some people off.” Despite that, she created networks in venues looking for eclectic entertainment. “I networked my ass off,” Abiyah said. “That’s why I might get a call from the Contemporary Arts Center, Art Damage or Fountain Square.” When asked if white privilege opened doors of access that women of color might be denied, she said, “Yes, white privilege did play a role because white folks here, that’s the stepping stone — like, ‘She’s safe.’ And then I would hook up everybody down the line like, ‘I got Mildred, I got Apryl, I got Jai … what’s up?’ ””

“Criss-crossing genres right and left - hip-hop, rock, electronica, industrial - Abiyah is one of Cincinnati's busiest and most popular performers. Famous for her poetry, she often mixes in a healthy dose of spoken word in her high energy performances.”

Jim Knippenberg - Cincinnati Enquirer

“What we're saying: Remember that corny phrase in the 90s about girls kicking butt? It may be corny, but in this case, it’s totally true and apropos. Abiyah exudes a confident womanly energy in everything she touches, and this track is proof. First of all, it’s entirely a cappella. Secondly, she got the help of another awesome kick ass chick from the area to sing along with her, Dana Hamblen, from Fairmount Girls, Culture Queer and Darlene, featuring Marty Spitfly with the beats. Download a free version on her Soundcloud page (link below), and in the same vein of my favorite potato chip brand’s saying, I bet you can’t listen just once.”