// Origin: Milky Way Area, CA
// Genres: HipHop . Soul . Experimental
// Years Active: 2005- Present
// Label: Independent/Unsigned
// Website: Cocopeila.com
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 women's libeation and racial 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, the first of three projects which make up her I Still Love H.I.M. (Hip Hop In spite of Misogyny) 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, The Pharcyde, Slum Village, Talib Kweli, Zion I, J.Rocc, Ledisi, and most notably President Obama amongst many others.
Her music has been featured on KMEL, and by 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 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 working of her Sophmore project 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.
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