This week’s featured show is Black in the City Hoes (B.I.T.C.H.) 2; TO FREEDOM!!!!!, which is on Wednesdays from 10pm-12am! Where are you from? Maat: Chicago Denise: Newark, New Jersey How long have you been a WBAR DJ? Maat: Two semesters. Denise: Since Spring 2018! How did you come up with the title? Denise: It’s actually a pretty funny story. Maat and I were working for Bacchanal’s Battle of the Bands (come out this year!!!) when we were filling out our application. When we were thinking of a title, I knew I wanted it to be an acronym that spells “BITCH” but we couldn’t think of anything after “black”. We asked our friend Nephy and she just yelled “BLACK IN THE CITY HOE” and ran. Her fucking MINDDDDD. Maat: The “TO FREEDOM!!!!!” part attached to the name this semester is inspired by Nicki’s monologue from Queen radio! What’s your process for coming up with a playlist? Maat: First, we pick a theme for the show and then make a playlist of songs by black women or gender non comforting folk that have songs surrounding that theme. Denise: I like to come up with themes (grind time, in my feelings, halloween, auntie shit, etc.) and go from there. I love making playlists because it’s like a set time where I specifically look for new black women/GNC artists that I never heard of. This semester especially, I’ve been trying to look for artists that have less than ~100,000 listens on Spotify and that’s also really exposed me to a lot of great music. What are some songs you played recently that you love? Maat: Paradise by MNEK. MNEK is so slept on! And Rain by SWV and Bling Bling by junglepussy Denise: Sweetest Thing by Orion Sun, Lick My Choppa by Rocky Badd, and Queen of this Shit by Quay Dash. We haven’t played it yet but “Cuddy” by Coi Leray SLAPS and she’s from Jersey so I can’t wait to play it next week. Favorite WBAR memory? Maat: I can’t think of a favorite memory because every show we have is a great time. For two hours every Wednesday, I get to talk all things black women and pop culture with my best friend(s) while playing music by black women and gender nonconforming folk from all genres. B.I.T.C.H. makes me feel whole, it’s my safe place. Denise: I think like the first time someone outside of my friend group told me they like our show. I truly felt like that bitch.