Northern State

Decades Active: 2000s


The members of this Beastie Boys -styled female rap crew, Hesta Prynn (Julie Potash), DJ Sprout (b. Robyn Goodmark), and Guinea Love (b. Correne Spero), come from Long Island, New York, USA, where they met in school. They went on to complete their college education at different establishments, Potash and Spero earning degrees in theatre and women’s studies respectively, and Goodmark completing an environmental education degree. Discovering that they all shared a love for rap music, the trio decided to form a group themselves, taking their name from a Long Island parkway that connects to New York City. After meeting up once a week to put together rhymes and songs, Northern State made their performance debut on Thanksgiving 2000 in front of friends and family at a housewarming party thrown by Sprout. The reception was so favourable that the trio decided to take it a step further, and opened for a friend’s band in New York City in early 2001. A year later...

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