When I saw Sister Mecca promoting her music with a t-shirt, I simply wanted to support financially because I appreciated her marketing efforts. I thought she was working hard to simply make sells at Saviours’ Day. However, it has been two months since the annual convention and I notice how consistent she has been. Therefore, I wanted to go behind the scenes with hopes to add another layer to the message and talent we hear through the nine tracks of her album, Young God.
Mecca is her first name and “Hecava (Heck- of- Uh) is actually a childhood nickname given to me by my parents. I thought it had a ring to it,” says Sister Mecca.
On my way to my first bars session, I thought I should finally listen to Young God. To my surprise, not only was I moved by Hecava Mecca’s words, I was also shocked to be enjoying her music. Honestly, there are very few righteous rappers that I revel in listening to because I do not dote on self righteous people, especially not self righteous artists. I have a deep appreciation for scars and transparency and when listening to Young God, I sense an authentic sister with a vigorous spirit who is living in her purpose.
Hecava Mecca agrees with my sentiment of not being self righteous, as she shared, “I try my hardest not to preach on my music. I drop seeds. Some songs are more conscious than others, but I try to be balanced in it.”
She admits that it was not always the case for her to be herself artistically. “It took me about five years to drop this CD. In the beginning, I was trying to be who I thought I was supposed to be as a “Muslim musician”, but that didn’t work. Trying to live up to people’s expectations will only disappoint you. Now, I know how valuable it is to be myself in my art and allow the teachings to come out naturally, not forced.”
I choose me by being on that journey to self acceptance, self love, and making my relationship with God my primary relationship. Not letting what other people think of me being an “artist” and not choosing to be a doctor or lawyer or chemist or whatever, deter me from what I know my life purpose is. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said, “That one rap song is worth 100 sermons.” My music is my ministry.Hecava Mecca
I am in the first stages of becoming a god who is able to manifest ANYTHING my mind can conceive and creating heaven for myself and my family. I am a god just like man is god, the second self of Allah.
It is often perceived that women are less than man, but women are the Second Self of Allah (God). Sister Fudia Muhammad writes in her incredible book, Children of The Most High: Giving Birth to a god & The Science of Child Rearing (found in the First Edition on page 73), “The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches — after creating Himself, Allah’s (God’s) first act of creation was the female. She was here before the sun, the stars and the additional planets. He (Allah) studied Himself and produced the female from the cream or the Best part of Himself. She is the woman of God and not the woman of man. Therefore, her essence is truly divine.”
I have the same ability to manifest, overcome, and succeed in any endeavor, just as a man can. My teacher, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said, “The woman has the right to ascend to the highest level that her God given talents can take her, even exceeding men.”
Speaking on “becoming a god”, Mecca’s favorite song is the name of the album, “Young God” (track 8). She shares, “It’s my favorite because this song in particular, I felt God was literally feeding me the words to say. Some of the things I said in the song, I didn’t even understand what I meant until later and it blew my mind that what I said had that much depth. I know those words are from Allah Himself.”
As a rapper, Hecava Meccas shows a feminine side in her music, which is not always the case with a woman rapper. I had to ask if femininity shining through is important to her. Here is her response: “It is important to me. Many people mistake “femininity” with “sexuality” though — There is a huge difference. I’m feminine in my behavior, which makes me appealing (in a nonsexual way), but my delivery and flow will confuse you because it’s considered masculine. I am a very soft spoken person, I walk around, I network, and meet people just being my soft feminine self, and then I get on stage and the way I rap makes people stop and listen. I like the combination, but I know I confuse people.”
Sister Mecca does not stop with her ability to inspire through art. She is also a wife and mother of a two-year-young son with another child on the way. “Right when I decided I was going to drop Young God for Saviours Day, I found out I was pregnant, which wasn’t in my plan AT ALL, but Allah is the Best of Planners.” She goes on to say, “I had about six to seven songs to finish recording and some to finish writing in less than two months. It was difficult because I was very sick. I was experiencing nausea and vomiting throughout the day with no relief in sight, but I had to do what I said I would. I had to prove to myself that I could do it. It makes me emotional thinking about it because I easily could have given up, but thanks to Allah, I persevered. I am so thankful for my parents, my husband, my sister, and Brother Hashim. Allah was my motivation the whole time. I felt if I didn’t do it, I’d be letting Him down. And through my faith in Him, He granted me aid.”
“David slew Goliath with one rock, that’s all he needed and that one rock was belief in Allah. “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there, and it would move. Nothing would be impossible’ (Matthew 17:20).” Young God is proof.”
She encourages mothers. “Do not give up on your dream. Being a mother is important. We must nurture, care for, teach and raise our children, which can be very difficult and can take time from you doing what you need to do to accomplish your goal.”
But it is important for your child to see you working towards something to acquire something for yourself. That in itself is teaching your child a valuable lesson: Not to give up, regardless of how much you have on your plate. Your child will be proud of you.
Sister Mecca not only finds balance in her music, but in being a wife and mother. “The balance is important because in being a woman (in particular) it is easy to lose herself in her husband and children, while leaving nothing for herself. She must prioritize herself. It may sound selfish, but a woman who is bitter and resentful towards her family is not of service to her family. She cannot blame her family for not fulfilling her goals — She can only blame herself for not taking the time to see the value in herself to make time for herself to accomplish her goal.”
“No matter how difficult a situation may be or how unsupportive those around you may be, as long as your strength is God you will be successful.”
“I focus on strengthening my relationship with God and trying to work on self. Even through the pandemic of COVID-19 I am at peace. Allah is in control and my husband helps to relieve me of much stress, while expecting.” Sister Mecca also has a doula and says, “I think every woman should have a doula.”
Hecava Mecca’s legacy is The Kingdom.
“I pray my works will further us in to establishing the Kingdom on Earth, so that my children centuries to come may live in the world of righteousness. I want people to remember me as a fighter for freedom, justice, and equality.”
She wants listeners to walk away with a seed.
“Inside of the seed is life. And though it may be small, without the seed no matter how fertile land is or how pure the water is life will not grow. I want listeners to walk away with a seed that can be watered, that their mind may go from dry brittle land and bloom into a garden.”
Her song, Reflection (track 9) does that for me. Every time I listen to Reflection it reenergizes me, reminds me of my value, and the responsibility I have to speak life into self, husband, and others. The remaining tracks bring out a soldier in me and that is the balance that is needed in the time that we are living in. Her music is a reflection of our reality and whether we know it or not it is telling us how to change our condition. She is intentionally using her gift and I hope that more people come into knowledge of Hecava Mecca’s work.
Hecava Mecca is currently working on getting a home studio, you can help her manifest this reality by purchasing a hard copy of the album, her Hereafter serum, sending donations directly and/or streaming her music across all platforms.
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Stream Hecava Mecca’s music on all platforms, including Soundcloud.
*Update Hecava Mecca released her new video, Riding on May 28.