"Who will you find at the intersection of alternative Hip-Hop and artistic activism? Bay Area MC, Coco Peila. ”
- Jacinda Mia Perez, BUST Magazine
"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."
- Nastia Voynovskaya, East Bay Express
The Bay Area's own Coco Peila is among the many hip-hop artists through history who've treated the subject of abortion with thoughtfulness and nuance instead of sloganeering.”
- Pendarvis Harshaw, KQED
"Coco Peila is one of the Hip Hop musicians in the new class that is creating the new Bay Area sound.”
- JR Valrey, San Francisco Bay View
Coco Peila is a Hip Hop & Alt-R&B Afro Diaspora flex. Her work has been featured by The Kennedy Center, Stanford, Yale, The New Yorker, the International Museum of Women, the Museum of African Diaspora, The Black Woman Is God, BUST Magazine, KQED Arts & Culture, NPR, on the radio, and on Hip Hop historian Davey D's Artists To Watch lists.
As a songwriter, producer, songwriting coach, and MC she helps professional Hip Hop & R&B/Soul artists, especially Black women and girls, write bomb-ass, top-tier classics that transform society. Her collaborations with high-profile musicians and organizations fuse her expertise —as a multi-hyphenate Hip Hop artist, cultural organizer & strategist— and leverage the power of Hip Hop to make a social impact and leave an emotional legacy.
Her innovative Hip Hop & Social Justice work - driven by her mission to reverse the flow of resources from The West back to Africa along the transatlantic slave trade routes through Hip Hop, storytelling, and music of the African Diaspora - has already made a mark within the Climate and Reproductive Justice movements, music industry, and Hip Hop culture. While serving as Director of Hip Hop & Climate Justice at 'Youth Vs Apocalypse', she created the ‘Hip Hop & Climate Justice’ iniative and was selected to join Womens Earth Alliance's US Leaders cohort. In recent years, she’s taught as a guest professor and lecturer on Hip Hop Activism & Songwriting at San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley.
She has performed at renowned venues and festivals including Teatro Nacional de Guatemala, The Hollywood Bowl, The San Francisco Opera House, Experience Music Project, Life Is Living, and Stern Grove, sharing stages with artists and leaders like Zion-I, Talib Kweli, The Pharcyde, Slum Village, Dead Prez, J Rocc, and President Obama to name a few.
Her EP CONFESSIONS OF A BLACK FEMINIST RAPPER pt 3 and single Above That(Black Joy) ft world-renowned legend Taj Mahal and Oakland's Ian Kelly are out now,
Her forthcoming EP, Confessions Of A Black Feminist Rapper 2: TRIGGER WARNING drops 2.12.24.