The Baddest Bitch in the Room: A Memoir

Sophia Chang (Author)

Product Details

$26.00  $23.92
Publish Date
September 08, 2020
6.3 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Sophia Chang is a Korean-Canadian music business matriarchitect who was the first Asian woman in hip-hop. She worked with Paul Simon and managed Ol' Dirty Bastard, RZA, GZA, Q-Tip, A Tribe Called Quest, Raphael Saadiq, and D'Angelo. In 1995, Chang left music to train kung fu and manage a Shaolin Monk who became her partner and father of two children. She also produced runway shows, worked at a digital agency, and is developing TV and film properties.


Praise for The Baddest Bitch in the Room

"A candid memoir . . . This impassioned memoir is filled with energy and will appeal to fans of early rap and the Wu-Tang Clan." --

"As hip-hop continues to evolve and stretch into a new decade of its still-young life, it becomes vital to have an archive of stories, told by the people who lived through its most vital eras. I'm thankful for this book and for Sophia Chang's incisive wit and gift of narrative flourish. This book overflows with gems--a tribute to not just the music, but also the many people who have had their lives moved by it." --Hanif Abdurraqib, author of They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us and Go Ahead in the Rain

"Sophia and I are very close. We met in the early nineties before the first Clan album came out, and we are still just as close today. Sophia is bright and articulate and an awesome judge of character. Sophia managed me for a few years and has been involved with some of my greatest accomplishments. She was the person who pushed me to lecture. She believed so deeply in me. Though there were times when I moved at a snail's pace, she had the patience to watch a flower grow, and I am very grateful for that. As a manager, she was always concerned with the health and well-being of her artists. All advice and constructive criticism always came from a place of love. As a friend, she is loyal and solid as a rock. Sophia's relationship with the Clan is one that has existed since the beginning of our career. Her photos alone are documented proof of that. She's personally witnessed the ups and downs, the good and bad, the ins and outs, the accomplishments and failures, the growth and development. It's important for Sophia to tell her story because her journey is a long and very interesting one, and it should be told. I am sure that the readers will be inspired, moved, and motivated by it, and I am proud and happy for her." --GZA

"Sophia Chang is a smart, kind, funny, badass trailblazer with a heart of fire. She's fully living her bold truth as a woman of color in today's world, and we all should be paying attention."--Ijeoma Oluo, author of the New York Times bestselling So You Want to Talk About Race

"Of course, The Baddest Bitch in the Room is a testament to Sophia Chang's intestinal and social dynamism, but I was shocked by the lushness and specificity of the prose. There's a way that every character we meet becomes a part of Chang and Chang more like every character we meet. This book felt so damn good to read. The Baddest in every room, indeed." --Kiese Laymon

"Sophia Chang and I are not blood-related, but I will always claim her as my Asian American sister and my hip-hop hero. When the obstacle was too high, she got over it. When it was too wide, she got around it. She blazed the trail so the rest of us could find our way. A courageous pioneer, a fearless advocate, and a true original, her story will shock, amaze, and inspire."--Jeff Chang, author of Can't Stop Won't Stop, Who We Be, and We Gon' Be Alright

"Soph was an integral part of the golden era of hip-hop. I'm so happy she's telling her story because the world needs to know about her contributions to the culture." --Q-Tip

"I don't know if anyone can understand how origin story of so many things this book is. Sophia Chang is a relentless truth teller bursting with heart and spirit, confidence and elegance. Imagine if David Bowie, Jackie Chan, Angela Davis, and Richard Pryor had a baby. Tell me more, Sophia! I just want her to keep regaling me. She is one of the great raconteurs of all time. And she isn't even Irish. She has eggs (which are better than balls)."--Pamela Adlon, Better Things, writer, director, and actor

"Sophia Chang is truly an amazing woman. For years I've watched her navigate her own way through the complicated world of hip-hop, while guiding groundbreaking and now-legendary talents who have trusted her completely. What a trip!" --Jim Jarmusch

"Sophia Chang is one of the bravest, most uncompromising people I know. Her life story is filled with all the triumph and pain you'd expect from an industry legend. But it's also secretly a how-to guide. How to value yourself, how to demand what you deserve, and how to remain generously, stubbornly true to yourself the whole way through." --Hua Hsu, author of A Floating Chinaman

"Sophia Chang's hip-hop memoir, The Baddest Bitch in the Room, embodies all of the scrappy, unapologetic badassery one would expect from a pioneering female industry exec in a far-from-woman-friendly genre. Chang, however, pays her success forward with bold, honest, and prescriptive prose aimed squarely at the hearts of women determined to defy their invisibility and follow their own dreams. Get ready to put your middle fingers up and cast your pearls aside." --Dr. Joan Morgan, feminist scholar, cultural critic, and mother of hip-hop feminism

"Inspirational, aspirational, bold, and defiant: Sophia Chang is the definition of a powerhouse, and this book is both fierce and propulsive, impossible to put down--but for me the greatest joy of reading The Baddest Bitch in the Room was simply spending a little time with a woman so thoroughly herself, so completely and unapologetically her own." --Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever Know

"The Baddest Bitch In The Room is the diary of a superwoman. Sophia Chang is like a superhero who shows up to any adversity, whether hers or someone else's, and gets through it tenaciously . . . I've actually witnessed this happen on several occasions but hearing her tell these stories in hindsight is incredibly motivating and uplifting." --Joey Bada$$ The Artist. The multi-faceted.

Praise for the Audible Original/Hello Sunshine Audiobook of The Baddest Bitch in the Room

"[Sophia Chang] recounts her upbringing as the daughter of Korean immigrants in Vancouver, and her path to music stardom." --The New York Times

"[The Baddest Bitch in the Room is] an entertaining and personal look at Chang's impressive life." --Patricia Karounos, ELLE Canada

"Chang's new Audible memoir, The Baddest Bitch In The Room, is conversational in tone and at times blisteringly intimate. She weaves music and voice-overs by friends and family throughout her narration, bringing her legendary stories to vivid, uninhibited reality." --Cecily Lo, Interview Magazine

"[The Baddest Bitch in the Room] is a first of its kind." --Karu F. Daniels, New York Daily News

"The Baddest Bitch in the Room is a compelling listen, mainly because Chang is an expert storyteller. She's great with details and she isn't scared to be vulnerable in public." --Dimas Sanfiorenzo, Okayplayer