Often referred to as the “Godmother of West Coast Hip Hop,” Medusa is a respected Hip Hop artist who makes scenes as a performer and an educator. Informed by legacies of the blues and jazz women that preceded her, she is committed to creating community through music. She was a central figure in Good Life Cafe and Project Blowed in Lost Angeles’s Leimert Park, an open-mic workshop space for emerging Hip Hop artists. With Nappy at the Roots, a musician’s showcase and collective, she created opportunities for artists to further develop their craft. One of the first Hip Hop artists to assemble a live band, her crew “Feline Science” charted new musical paths in their blend of soul and Hip Hop. As a Women Who Rock Keynote Performer, Medusa’s experiences as a queer Hip Hop artist reframe and expand our understanding of the influence of women and women of color musicians and performers on the creation of community, social activism and popular music aesthetics.