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SamaritanMag Q&A: Rosie & the Riveters New Album Ms. Behave Tailor-Made for #MeToo Movement

Few bands mesh the political with the personal, the altruistic with the artistic, quite like Rosie & the Riveters. With their honeyed vocal harmonies, vintage 40s-era look, and conscious lyrics, the Saskatoon-based trio is fast emerging as a folk/pop icon for the age.

SamaritanMag Q&A: Rosie & the Riveters New Album Ms. Behave Tailor-Made for #MeToo Movement

By Kim Hughes

Few bands mesh the political with the personal, the altruistic with the artistic, quite like Rosie & the Riveters. With their honeyed vocal harmonies, vintage 40s-era look, and conscious lyrics, the Saskatoon-based trio of Farideh Olsen, Alexis Normand, and Allyson Reigh are fast emerging as folk/pop icons for the ages. Which makes their second album, the blisteringly proto-feminist yet ridiculously accessible Ms. Behave (out April 6), tailor-made the #MeToo Movement.


Scratch that: Ms. Behave is tailor-made for the human movement which is finally elevating women’s place within it. That’s echoed in Rosie & the Riveters’ newest single, the candlelit and searing “I Believe You.” Beyond being a beacon to survivors of sexual assault, the track directs all proceeds towards long-standing women’s advocacy and empowerment org YWCA which in 2014, incidentally, posited that only 33 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults in Canada are reported to the police.

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That initiative dovetails with the trio’s ongoing commitment to assisting women in the developing world via microloans distributed through online platform Kiva.org.  To date, Rosie & the Riveters have raised nearly $10,000 for some 200 women’s projects in places like Africa and South America. Considering that microloans of $100 or less can be game-changers, that sum is awesome.

Even those focused only on music get a clear sense of the trio’s progressive worldview via songs like the tongue-in-cheek corker “Ask a Man,” the swaggering, anti-backbiting ode “Let ‘Em Talk,” and the parity-please anthem “Gotta Get Paid” co-written with Matthew Barber that's part of a strategy to challenge and expand the trio’s creative process by collaborating with outsiders. Co-writers on the new album also include Royal Wood, Tim Abraham, and Robyn Dell'Unto.

Band member Alexis Normand spoke with Samaritanmag from a tour stop in New York — the second date in a 30-day run stretching from Vancouver to Newfoundland and hitting many spots in between — about her band’s charitable work and why giving a voice to the voiceless is so darn humbling. – Continue reading Kim Hughes’ Q&A with Rosie and the Riveters on SamaritanMag.

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Shaq’s Classic Song ‘You Can’t Stop the Reign’ Featuring Biggie Is Finally on Streaming Services
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Shaq’s Classic Song ‘You Can’t Stop the Reign’ Featuring Biggie Is Finally on Streaming Services

There's a more explicit Biggie verse in the vault, according to the NBA legend.

Shaq’s classic with Biggie is finally available on streaming services. The news was broken by FakeShoreDrive on X earlier this week, and the Hall of Fame big man confirmed the news Thursday afternoon (June 13).

The year is 1996 and Shaquille O’Neal and the Notorious B.I.G. are two of the biggest figures in their respective fields. Shaq was entering the last year of his deal with the Orlando Magic before he headed west to the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of the 1995-1996 season. Biggie was getting ready to release his sophomore album, Life After Death, while in the throws of a beef with 2Pac. Big name-dropped the NBA player on the song “Gimme the Loot” off his debut album, Ready to Die, and the two had a mutual respect for each other ever since.

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