Women in Hip Hop are often looked at with skepticism about their abilities as lyricists. Janay Hall (Khemistry) used those doubts to fuel her ambition. Believing that SHE must create a path to her goal has been her blueprint. Khemistry was born in Hinsdale, IL on November 15th 1988. Her mother and grandmother (whom she calls Nanna) raised her, and her two siblings. Watching them work hard to support the family is what taught young Khemistry about work ethic. Growing up music was always around. Her Uncles played jazz and the blues, and she often heard the Temptations, Anita baker, and Mary J Blige. She would sing into hairbrushes and remotes but family members insisted her talents weren’t in singing. Her talents were in rhyming, and when she did, everyone listened. Khemistry could mimic the lyrics of any male rapper, but when she discovered MC Lyte and Queen Latifah, she knew there was a place for her in rap music. They both overcame rough circumstances and conquered the music industry, Khemistry saw herself in them, and believed she could as well. However, it wasn’t until after the loss of her Nanna August 24th, 2008 and the recent violent murder of her cousin September 21st, 2016 that she really began pursuing a career in music full time. Her cousin would often say “ForeverWorkin”, his words became Khemistry’s mantra, and ForeverWorkinEntertainment was born. The loss she suffered made her determined to succeed for her family.
When asked how her music should be classified. Khemistry said, “ My music is a fusion of Hip Hop and R&B. I have something smooth you can groove to, and I have up tempo hits for the club.” She writes lyrics for other artists, play the trombone, and write poetry. Khemistry wants people to be empowered, challenged, and feel love through her music. She believes music is a spiritual experience and strives to connect with fans on that level.
Khemistry gained notoriety from her first single in 2015 “Keep Her” which spoke about treating a lover right. Her newest single “Shame On U” released this past summer was also highly revered. Both songs will appear on her upcoming EP entitled “Cut from a different cloth”
Her connectedness, confidence, resilience, and work ethic will make her the newest treasure of Hip Hop.