StayUp.News editor-in-chief Roberto E. Alejandro recently sat down with Baltimore Hip-hop artist Shy Lady Heroin (above, in a courtesy photo) for a discussion about her music and activism, including a new movement of women called SWORD (Strong Women of Real Destiny) Nation. Shy also touched on the challenges of navigating Baltimore’s music venue scene as an artist, as well as the tendency for emcees who are also women to be marginalized within the Hip-hop community.

Press play above to hear our full conversation, and don’t forget to follow Shy on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. For bookings or features, Shy can be reached at shyladyheroinmusic@gmail.com.

This interview was originally published by OnBckgrnd.com, on July 12, 2016.