"Her versatile vocal abilities shine... Peila delivers challenging wordplay with the dexterity of an experienced battle rapper. She takes the rap industry to task, deconstructing the violent, misogynistic language to which rap fans have all grown accustomed."
"Coco Peila is one of the Hip Hop musicians in the new class that is creating the new Bay Area sound.”
Coco Peila is a Bay Area-based MC, Singer-Songwriter, and Producer. Her unique brand of Hip Hop, Soul, and Experimental music is a headnodic call-to-action for racial and gender justice. Her first music video, “Any Day Now,” released in 2007, was commissioned for Youth Noise's "Healthy Body Image" campaign and featured in the International Museum Of Women. Misses Shoot em Down, Part I of her I Still Love Him trilogy, was released in 2013. The EP offered women everywhere the rare combination of empowering content and industry-quality, catchy, danceable music. Coco has performed at national and international venues including The Hollywood Bowl, San Francisco Opera House, The Beehive (Boston), Experience Music Project (Seattle), Teatro Nacional de Guatemala, and Hope Bros (New Zealand), sharing stages with acclaimed artists Dead Prez, Talib Kweli, Zion I, J.Rocc, Ledisi, and most notably President Obama. Her music has been featured by KMEL and the Museum of African Diaspora. Coco was recognized in the East Bay Express' "Best Local Hip Hop" list and by Hip Hop historian Davey D's "Artists to Watch" list.
In addition to her innate creative sensibility, Coco built a solid foundation in recording arts, and music composition, theory, and production while studying at Fullsail University in Florida. As a student, she produced The RealNeRds Mixtape Series. The project spotlighted up-and-coming indie artists from the Bay Area, across the U.S, the Caribbean, and New Zealand, whose music encouraged exploration of intelligence and critical thinking.
Coco released the complete collection of I Still Love H.I.M. (Hip Hop In spite of Misogyny) in 2017. In 2018 she was featured on Deva Mahal’s women’s empowerment anthem Run Deep which was highlighted by Elton John & broke 2,000,000 plays on iTunes & Spotify.
She is currently finishing up a mixtape called Slut Shame which addresses ideas of respectability politics, sex and consent, lookism, and self love, and feminism set to drop December of 2020. It boasts stand out tracks such as Love Me All ft. Young Fyah & Pretty Girls, a West Coast Rap self love anthem for women and girls produced by The Pharcyde's L.A. Jay. Her most recent releases include an EP with Oakland's own ST Spittin entitled Love & Hip Hop Bay Area, and a lyrical Hip Hop & Climate Justice song released on Earth Day that speaks directly to the times and people called 'Whose World? (Green New Deal). The track is the second of three collaborations with late legendary Bay Area producer Hawk Beatz.