The Baddest Bitch in the Room

Catapult. Sept. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9781646220090. $26. MUSIC
A unique figure in the music business, particularly in the insular, male-dominated world of hip-hop, Chang chronicles her quest to become the woman she always knew she could be. The author grew up in the suburbs of Vancouver, BC, the daughter of Korean immigrants. Traveling to New York after college graduation, Chang became an assistant to singer-songwriter Paul Simon and worked her way up from personal assistant to A&R executive at various record companies. Through her ingenuity and hard drive, she discovered up-and-coming acts, such as the Wu-Tang Clan, which won her credibility and respect from the hip-hop community. Here, Chang has written a solid memoir, though there are times when readers may be overwhelmed by the abundant name-dropping. However, Chang’s intimate details make these well-known figures feel more real (who knew of Paul Simon’s Scrabble skills?).
VERDICT An enlightening memoir about self-discovery, embracing one’s heritage, and finding success.

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