Alabama MC Chika Makes Her TV Debut With A Fight For Women’s Rights (Video)
Last year, then-21-year-old Montgomery, Alabama MC Chika took to Twitter to drop a mighty freestyle. Using one of Kanye West’s breakthrough instrumentals, Chika criticized the superstar’s controversial political views of the time: “It don’t matter how much you have or you lack, when that check clears don’t forget your children are still Black / And your music has been wack, and your views are moving back to a day that triggers ni**as because we still hear that whip crack.” The clip currently has over 6 million views.
And since then, Chika has slowly snowballed her artistry into something grander, from dropping freestyles on HOT 97 alongside Funkmaster Flex (embedded below), to finally recording and releasing her debut single, “No Squares,” and most recently stripping down to promote body positivity for Calvin Klein’s #MYCALVINS campaign. She’s harnessed her talent and seems to be climbing upwards faster than ever this year, yet without any hint of sacrificing her integrity, and maintaining an accurate picture of her genuine self.
This week, the rapper made her television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in the most explosive way possible. The MC and activist performed two songs and debuted a new unfiltered track which addresses her recent stardom, a push for women’s rights, and direct rebuttal to Alabama’s recent decision to outlaw ab*rtion within the state.
After guest host Lena Waithe introduces Chika as “the future,” the MC goes into a performance that debuts her latest track, “Richey v. Alabama.” While standing in front of a DJ booth that wore a sign that read “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights,” she launched into rapid-fire set of bars over a bouncy beat: “I gotta be honest, I never expected to do this / No anticipation addressing the nation, I promise it’s more than just music, this moment I’ll use it / With hate getting louder, the people in power will start to abuse it / They building a world of they own that they cannot call home I can barely peruse it.” She then attacks the Governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey, for turning House Bill 314 into law, which effectively bans ab*rtion in the state: “If Kay Ivey begins to despise me I will take it lightly, it won’t mean a lot / Because she signed a bill that effectively kills all of the rights of a woman, Ms. Ivy can rot.”
During an interview segment, Lena Waithe explains to Kimmel’s audience that she personally reached out to Chika for the performance. Chika explained why she made the song. “I wrote a song and its entitled ‘Richey v. Alabama’… we all know what’s going on in Alabama right now and I’m from Alabama, so I felt like with this opportunity and the way that it lined up it would make so much sense for me to come one here and speak for people who otherwise feel voiceless. Richey is the last name of one of my friends, who has such a powerful story when it comes to what’s going on in Alabama, I felt like this would be a proper tribute to her. And also a proper tribute to all women in Alabama, all people in Alabama with wombs who are able to carry children and I felt like this is my time to speak for us.”
#BonusBeat: Watch Chika drop a freestyle for Flex on HOT 97.