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This past April, The Hollywood Reporter disclosed that the Oxygen network was teaming up with T.I. in order to produce a new reality show aimed at up-and-coming female rappers, called Sisterhood Of Hip-Hop. The show, which was revealed last week to premiere on Aug. 12, follows the lives and careers of Brianna Perry, Nyemiah Supreme, Diamond, Bia and Siya as they navigate the music industry and try to break through in the typically male-dominated hip-hop realm.

With T.I. on board—a reality show veteran himself with his own special T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle—basking in the success of his Hustle Gang protege Iggy Azalea's The New Classic, it would appear that the five cast members are in good hands. And in addition to Tip, the eight episodes of the show will feature guest appearances by hip-hop stars acting as mentors such as Pharrell, Rick Ross, Eve, Lil Jon, Irv Gotti, Tank and Travie McCoy.

Ahead of the show's start—and its preview special airing next month—XXL spoke to all five cast members of Sisterhood Of Hip-Hop about the show, their aspirations, and their five favorite female rappers of all time. Ladies, stand up. —Eric Diep, Miranda Johnson and Emmanuel C.M.

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Twitter: @BiaBrokeMyHeart
Age: 22
Reppin': Boston/Miami
Label: I Am Other
Affiliations: Pharrell

XXL: Why did you decide that you wanted to get involved with the show?
Bia: I felt like it was a good idea for me to be involved with the show because I’m so early on in my career that it’s all about getting people to see what I'm doing and listening to my music at this point. It was just another outlet to showcase my music and showcase me as a person.

You are one of the artists that is signed to I Am Other. How’s that going so far?
It’s going great. It’s a blessing. I can’t even put it into words how crazy it is. [Pharrell's] just like a walking book. Like just being around him, you learn so many things. Especially, just having him as a mentor. He just sheds so much light on me.

Being from Boston, you have this big platform to succeed.
Thank you! But you know what? Boston, believe it or not, is a farm for talent out here. There’s ton of talented—especially kids—the younger people in Boston are so talented. But they really don’t get no light. We definitely don’t get light in hip-hop. It’s hard coming from Boston. You just gotta take [the opportunity]. It’s not really about trying to get people to listen to you or believe you or understand what you go through. You just gotta take it.

What are you hoping to get out of the show?
Mainly, of course, I want tons of fans. But aside from that, I would love to just inspire people. Like you said, in Boston, there’s no hip-hop scene at all. I come from a place where everybody was looking at me like I was crazy when I said I was going to rap. And then it ended up working out for me. I just want to show people—stick to your guns. Stick to what you gotta do and it can happen.

Why do you think this is the perfect time for you?
I feel like, what better time than now? You know what I'm saying? I’m right about to have my rollout. I’m going through a label journey on the show, kind of. There’s a lot of things on the show I think new artists especially can relate to. Even older artists that have been in the game for a while I’m sure are gonna look at me and be like, “Okay, she did things right.” I didn’t have anything handed to me. It was just straight struggle from day one until now. I’m glad to showcase that, because there’s a lot of people that go through that and it doesn’t get showcased.

Bia's Five Favorite Female Rappers

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Brianna Perry

Twitter: @BRiANNAtheYRB
Age: 22
Reppin': Miami
Label: Atlantic
Affiliations: Missy Elliott, Rick Ross, Trina

XXL: How did Sisterhood Of Hip-Hop come about for you?
Brianna Perry: T.I. is executive producing the project, Sisterhood Of Hip-Hop on Oxygen. They just reached out to me and I thought it would be a great opportunity just to showcase me and my music. It's five girls in total, so four other girls, and it just shows that we have different paths, different backgrounds and different walks of life. With me, people will get to tap into me as a student. I'm in my senior year at the University of Miami graduating, so they get to see how I balance. Cause it really is a grind; people don't understand that, so they'll get to see me as a student. I have my mom as my manager and me just being young and coming into my own. It shows so many different sides of me. I love that, and it's just a blessing to be a part of the show.

Was that your first time meeting all the other girls?
It was my first time meeting all the other girls, and it's interesting that we all have that one thing in common with music. We're all different. I learned a lot about them, they probably learned a lot about me, too. I respect anyone who's on their grind and I'm just really all about the music. With the show, that's really the basis with me.

Brianna Perry's Five Favorite Female Rappers

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Twitter: @DiamondAtl
Age: 26
Reppin': Atlanta
Label: Polo Grounds/RCA
Affiliations: Crime Mob

XXL: How did you get involved in Sisterhood Of Hip-Hop?
Diamond: T.I. and Tiny have been like my big brother and sister. So when they told me that this TV show was coming about and it was something positive about female rappers [and] what they go through and the challenges they face every single day, and there was an opportunity for me was to be a part of the show, I was extremely excited because, for one, I trust their judgment and it wasn't going to be nothing crazy like some of the offers that I got in the past. Two, it was a girl power movement. I always have been an artist—since the beginning of my career—about empowering women and working together. So it got me really excited because it's something that has never been done before. It might make history. So I was like, count me in.

What will we see?
It will show the rebranding of my growth from where I was and left off, album-wise, with Crime Mob and just my whole history. From sitting down with my mentors like Lil Jon who really knows me and have real world conversations so the world can get to know me as a person. On the plus side, we still have business conversations and people get to really see what’s going on in the world of hip-hop—the fights and the arguments. That’s what I say my role is, and most importantly giving back and connecting the dots for some of these girls on the show. Being positive, giving advice and them giving me advice.

Do you think this show is necessary? What's the importance?
There have been a lot of women [in the game]. There was a time when it was Left Eye, Da Brat, Foxy, Kim, Eve, Trina, Queen Latifah, everybody was doing their thing and they are still doing their thing. But I think it’s important that even though you have disagreements, still being able to work together, come together, and respect the grind. Dudes all the time diss each other or get into fistfights or beef and next thing you know they're getting money making music together. It’s doable.

People make it seem on the flipside that women are so catty—it's true in certain areas—but that’s not the only type of woman that’s out there. We’re all women that come from different parts of the world, different walks, and different beliefs but have the same common goal that we have a high passion for music and ourselves. That’s what brings us really together. It’s going to be amazing.

Diamond's Five Favorite Female Rappers

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Nyemiah Supreme

Twitter: @NyemiahSupreme
Age: 22
Reppin': Queens, NY
Label: Ambitious Minds
Affiliations: The Diplomats, Timbaland

XXL: How did you get involved in Sisterhood of Hip-Hop?
Nyemiah Supreme: Two years ago I got a regular email to my booking email from people from Oxygen and they had an idea of some females they wanted to put together and start a show with, and I was one of them. It was back and forth [whether to do the show], because reality TV is very scary in terms of exposure, and sometimes as your representation as just an artist. But I felt like it was a good place to show what I’m doing. They’re people who are not into underground hip-hop, so if they can see me on TV I think that I can reach them the way that I want them to see me. When you watch all these other shows and you see them rip them to shreds, you're...I don't want any Instagram memes of me. But I’m more excited just to get it out there. I want people to hear what I've been saying for the past three years.

What did Timbaland say?
At first he was kind of like, “I don't know about reality TV,” because as some people know it’s a scary place. Even with hip-hop, you see these artists that are on there and are kind of just ruining themselves. I felt like I was going to have control of what I wanted to do. I wasn't going to let this show make or break me.

How do you think this show can help you as an artist?
It can help me be seen everywhere. If you're in Oklahoma or Kansas, you may not know what’s going on in the NYC hip-hop scene. But if you tune in on TV you may say, "Let me Google this girl, let me see what’s going on. What type of videos she has. What she's been doing, how come I never heard of her myself." It would just give people that instance, "Let me just Google to see what’s going on." If they're not on the blogs or they don't read hip-hop magazines they wont really know what’s going on.

Do you think this show is necessary?
I feel like it's a great time. I feel like there's never been a point in hip-hop where there've been so many female MCs out and so much coverage on the blogs, whether they're in the show or not. It’s a growing time for hip-hop and it’s going to be great exposure for people to take [female MCs] seriously in a working manner. Sometimes people only think of us sexually, or that we should be selling sex. I think the show is going to highlight that we have so much more than that.

Nyemiah Supreme's Five Favorite Female Rappers

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Twitter: @SIYA
Age: 26
Reppin': Brooklyn
Label: N/A
Affiliations: Tank

XXL: Why did you want to get involved with it?
Siya: T.I., he had heard about me and randomly—I don’t know if it was The Source or if it was XXL—somebody sent me a video of him talking about me. You know what I mean? Just saying how dope I was and whatever. A few months later, I get a phone call and he’s like, “Yo, I am putting together this show. We would love to set up a meeting with you and the network. See if they fuck with you or not.” I had a meeting with them via Skype. I was drunk as shit. I was in the studio. [Laughs] They asked me all these questions, I am all in the camera with a bottle of liquor. They loved it though. They fell in love with me. And plus, I felt it was time for the world to see something of my kind. You know, there’s never been an openly gay artist in the industry. There’s plenty of them, but they are closeted, so I am just really trying to be the one that breaks the barriers and lets people know that it is okay to be yourself. At the end of the day, your music speaks for yourself, too.

What are you hoping to get out of the show?
The only thing that I want out of the show is to become a household name. They follow our personal lives. Our musical lives. Everything. But my ultimate goal for being on this show was to be heard and break down that wall and that stereotype of gay people in the industry and not being accepted. But especially as far as our generation, it doesn’t fucking matter. As long as we are making dope music, nobody cares anymore. There’s never been a platform for someone to do it. For me to be the first, it’s just a blessing in itself.

Why do you think this is the perfect time for you?
I think the time is, now, better than any. For instance, you know Nicki be rapping and she be throwing subliminals in there about she might suck a girl or fuck a girl or some shit like that? It’s cool to play with it. But at the end of the day, there’s people here who are really out here that live that life. Especially, just for women in general in this industry, the lane is so wide open. There’s plenty of room for all of us. I don’t know, man. It’s been a roller coaster. I’ve been in this industry for 15-plus years. For it to happen, it’s like, better now than never. Actually, my time.

Siya's Five Favorite Female Rappers