“The courage to be yourself is the essence of Hip Hop.” – KRS One
The Daily Rat is about – Radical Art for Thought
The Daily Rat is a place for reflection. The mission of my art is to awaken one’s spiritual senses and encourage critical thought. Often it is loud and evocative. All of my work is made from hand. I go by the pen name, Ratty, but my full name is Lisa Michelle Bolduc. I am a Hip Hop poet, philosopher and artist.
There are five main elements of HipHop – MCing, DJing, Breakdancing, Graffiti, and Knowledge. My art focuses on the last element – Knowledge. Some have referred to this as the lost element of Hip Hop. Knowledge is the accumulation of facts through observing, learning, and respecting. Knowledge is the foundation of all in existence, for it must be “known” in order to manifest. Knowledge is the “light” given off by the sun, which is the foundation of our solar system.
I decided on my Hip Hop name when I learned to love myself. Hip Hop tag names, honor self-creation and our ability to take back ourselves. What was once unwanted is transformed to represent its best nature through the practice of Hip Hop.
The letters in RATTY stand for Righteousness. And. Truth. Transform. You, because getting in touch with my own heart, transformed me into my higher self – a Hip Hop artist.
The mainstream music industry has failed to capture the true spirit of Hip Hop. To be Hip Hop is to be a force for social change within yourself and within the world. It is to embody peace, love, unity and having fun. It is to question the subjugation of one group over another and demand better. To enliven the universal spirit that lives in us all, was the original intention of Hip Hop’s creators.
Ratty Be In Da House, Yo! Please Join Us!