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The Baddest Bitch in the Room

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Narrated by: Sophia Chang
Length: 8 hrs
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"Where are you from?"
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  • The Baddest Bitch in the Room
  • "Where are you from?"
  • The Baddest Bitch in the Room
  • Dating Advice from Raphael Saadiq & Method Man

About the Creator and Performer

Sophia Chang is a Korean-Canadian music business matriarchitect who was the first Asian woman in hip-hop. Throughout her storied career, she worked with Paul Simon as well as managed Wu-Tang Clan members ODB, RZA, GZA, as well as Q Tip, A Tribe Called Quest, Raphael Saadiq, and D'Angelo. In 1995, Chang left the music business to be trained in kung fu and to manage the USA Shaolin Temple with her then partner with whom she has two children. Always ready to embrace new challenges, she produced runway shows for Vivienne Tam and "Project Runway All Stars," was an account executive at a digital agency, and wrote a screenplay for HBO. She is currently developing numerous film and TV properties. Her highly anticipated memoir is the Audible Original entitled The Baddest Bitch in the Room.

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Founded by Reese Witherspoon, Hello Sunshine is on a mission to change the narrative for women through storytelling, creating and curating content that celebrates women and puts them at the center of the story. We tell complex stories that shine a light on where women are right now and those that help chart a new path forward.

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YOU OWE YOURSELF THIS LISTEN

Like many Audible fans I have dozens of audiobooks in my library, across multiple categories and have enjoyed them many times over. That said, I'm usually content to submit ratings and rarely write a proper review.

I genuinely cried, I smiled (a lot) and am inspired by Sophia Chang's memoir. In her telling of her life and work she is ferocious, generous, funny and vulnerable. You will recognize yourself in the many raw, authentic moments of the female experience she shares BUT, to say this is a book on the music business written from a female perspective is almost a disservice. It is illuminating, sharp and bordering on an operating manual. If you were a fan of "Lean In," THIS book is the 2.0 hiphop version and you owe yourself this listen.

A singular experience and thus far my favorite listen of 2019. MORE LIKE THIS AUDIBLE, MORE PLEASE! #HustleMuscles

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  • JT
  • 09-29-19

Now that’s one bad bitch!

Sophia Chang’s autobiography provides a voice that isn’t often heard. Whether you’re a 90s hip hop head, a child of immigrant parents, an Asian female who went against the grain, a single female dating, a mother, a rebel, a Buddhist, a martial artist, or struggled to find your place in a male dominated work environment, or any combination of these things - you will find your story reflected in hers. Compelling narrative and it’s always fun to hear some of your favorite hip hop heroes chime in for a line or two. I didn’t fully know what to expect from this book but she took it above and beyond.

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  • J.
  • 09-29-19

Couldn’t pull myself away!

I’ve been waiting in anticipation for this audible book to come out for ages! I first heard an interview with Sophia Chang on NPR 3 years ago that resonated deeply and i just wanted to learn more about her and her life story. As a Korean-Canadian woman myself, relocating to Atlanta and feeling like a fish out of water, the search for identity and also developing the unabashed power of expressing one’s unique voice has been my journey and one that Sophia has lived with high drama and tells with such incredible force and deep emotion. Thank you Sophia for sharing your story. I will be re-listening again and again to feel inspired and empowered, to tell myself, fuck it, i am the baddest bitch in the room. Thank you!

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Something in the music spoke to me...

The Baddest Bitch in the Room by Sophia Chang is by far the best memoir I’ve listened to. I unconditionally recommend it, especially if you enjoy memoirs, want to learn a little more about the music industry, or just looking for something new. Go on, listen to it, you won’t be disappointed.

What to expect (a small amount of what’s covered in the book): life with her parents and brother (growing up to current time), her parents history, humor, losses, meeting Joey Ramone, working with Paul Simon, what lead her to the path of managing Wu-Tang and other artists, moving from Vancouver to New York, various jobs in the industry, mentors, the rise of hip-hop, martial arts training, pregnancy/child birth, relationships, trip to China, losing oneself and finding oneself again (and the continued search), change of the music industry to digital, relying on parents even in adulthood, family illness, why asking where are you from is a loaded question, the friendships between Sophia and members of Wu Tang and other artists, and the general ups and downs of life. There’s cameos from other well-known artists and family members. There is bonus content at the end, which includes audio from the recording process. Occasional slang is used (listeners may not know the meaning but should have no problem understanding). There are emotional moments in the book and they will make you feel something.

Sophia narrating her own book was fantastic- she is easy to listen to and the emotional parts of it add to the overall greatness. There are added sound effects throughout and at first I wasn’t sure about them being in a memoir, but as it progressed it made sense/fit, so if you are like meh, stick with it.

Why should you listen if you don’t know who Sophia Chang is? Because it’s a phenomenal book! The cover is fierce and that’s what drew me in. I didn’t know who Sophia was and it kept me interested from start to finish- who needs to sleep? I listened in one sitting, so be warned before you start, you won’t want to put it down. Glad I took a chance on this one, you should do the same. By the end, you won’t be asking who is Sophia Chang, you’ll be saying she’s the woman behind the scenes, a role model, strong, gorgeous, able to do anything...

A couple quotes from the book:
“Listening to that song was like taking the red pill in the matrix, once I’d heard it, I could never unhear it.”
“That after all is what we’re here for, to be in service of others.”
“F*ck your model minority!”

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: swearing (in the explicit version), Korean War talk and the atrocities, abuse from a school teacher, racism (some slurs used), mention of the LA riots, suicide (Chris Lighty), death (ODB and her father’s cancer), infidelity, R. Kelly and Michael Jackson mentioned, sex talk, Hurricane Sandy. Probably more I’m forgetting (I just wanted to listen and not write down but hopefully this gives you a general idea).

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Empowering

I totally enjoyed listening to Sophia tell her story. She has so much passion and drive that it made me feel empowered just by listening. She is undoubtedly the baddest bitch in the room. Much love Sophia thanks for sharing your story.

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Read it!

I loved this Audible memoir from the moment I heard Sophia Chang promoting it on NPR. Like many people, I had no idea that Sophia Chang existed last week, but after hearing her story - narrated in her own, powerful voice - I find her to be an inspiration. This memoir is the candid, star-studded, fun, sad, and most of all, strong, tale of the Wu-Tang Clan’s honorary sister, “Soph.” In a captivating narrative that includes many notable figures speaking their own lines, Sophia divulges so much about her life, from highs and lows in her career to love and heartbreak in her personal life. Sophia does not shy away from taboo subjects such as sex and money, and frees the listener to revel with her and take solace with her in equal measure. Like all women, Sophia is well-rounded. She is the woman who was told that she was too “hard” to find a man, and too “aggressive” to run someone’s career, but she is also the woman whose voice breaks in grief over lost loved ones, and swells with joy at the thought of her children. She shaved her head in accordance with her martial arts practice in her thirties and started documenting herself living her best life in her fifties, but as a petite Asian woman, for much of her life she felt small and in need of protection. I loved the inside details about well-known artists and the bonus content at the end of the memoir showing that Sophia’s love for her “bodyguards” is reciprocated, but the main draw for me was Sophia herself. She’s honest with the listener and does not hold back parts of her personality that could be off-putting for some people. She embraces who she is, strengths and vulnerabilities alike, and doesn’t give a fuck what anyone thinks... she’s the baddest bitch in the room! And for that reason, this memoir was exactly what I needed right now.

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10 minutes into this book I knew it was a five star

Excellent! From the story to the unique way it is told. You can feel the sincerity and the passion.
I love her!<3

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life changer!

a truly moving memoir that is inspiring and entertaining. couldn't stop listening! love love love

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Indeed the Baddest Bitch in the Room!!

As a die hard Wu fan it's amazing to know this Goddess was behind the scenes making moves on their behalf & other brilliant artists I STAN for. What an inspiration for all women!!

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A Groundbreaking Memoir!

Sophia Chang is breaking new ground, and this memoir is a must-have for anyone interested in race, gender, business, music, the immigrant experience and on and on. It is also done in a unique and engaging and searingly honest way - Chang pulls no punches and speaks truth after truth about herself and the world around her. And the memoir has so many amazing cameos I could barely keep up!

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  • Annie
  • 10-08-19

Couldn’t stop listening !!!

What an incredible story of a powerful and free spirited woman. Thank you for reminding me of my own strength and powers. Also the story was one of the most fun and fascinating ones I’ve heard in a long time!!