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Sophia Chang Is 100% Real

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Publisher's Summary

Please note: This memoir is for mature audiences only. It features sexual content, adult language and themes, and brings da ruckus. Discretion is advised. Too hot to handle? Go to the clean version

Sophia Chang is a badass of the music industry. As the daughter of Korean immigrants in predominantly white suburban Vancouver, she grew up shunning the “model minority” myth. Armed with a fierce sense of independence, she moved to New York City and infiltrated the world of hip-hop, yet remained mostly in the shadows of the artists she supported. With her debut memoir, Sophia Chang is finally ready to grab the mic for herself. This inspiring story spans her adventures in the music business, her path to becoming an entrepreneur, as well as her candid accounts of marriage, motherhood, marginalization, and martial arts.  

For decades, she worked behind-the-scenes helping remarkably talented men tell their stories, including rap and R&B stars like the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, GZA, and ODB, as well as A Tribe Called Quest, Raphael Saadiq, and D’Angelo. As an A&R rep in her mid-20s, her world underwent a seismic shift upon encountering a formidable group of nine MCs known as the Wu-Tang Clan. That union would send her on a transformational odyssey, leading her to an enigmatic Shaolin monk who would become her partner, an enduring kung fu practice, two children, and a reckoning with what type of mother, lover, and woman she ultimately wanted to be.  

In this Audible Original by Hello Sunshine, Sophia Chang drops knowledge about her motivating journey that took her from record label boardrooms to the Wudang mountains as she built a life shattering biases about Asian women. To this day, she declares she was “raised by Wu-Tang”, and she brings da ruckus as the baddest bitch in the room. At last, her memoir shows the world exactly what that means.  

©2019 Sophia Chang (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

From the Audio Memoir

"Where are you from?"
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Dating Advice from Raphael Saadiq & Method Man
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  • "Where are you from?"
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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.

About Hello Sunshine

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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Mother. Lover. Hustler. Warrior.

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Narcissistic

Maybe my expectations were too high? Or maybe I already have a reasonable relationship with hip hop culture so I gleaned no real insight from this autobiography. Chang’s perspective on her pursuit of her children’s father who was also another woman’s husband with no remorse was disheartening. I found Chang and therefore her biography overall to be very shallow. I would not recommend it.

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The title must be for another book

I wish that she had put more time into it. She accomplished so much. She helped organize these huge events, careers, businesses. But that's all you get. I wish that she was willing to be more insightful about how she was internally able to accomplish these goals. We hear the life story in terms of events but I was really interested to hear about how she saw her life, why she made the choice she did. She was a small Asian woman? That's all?

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Simply UGHmazing!

For over 20 years a dear friend of mine has been recommending books for me to read. So I was not surprised when I got a text from her with an article about @sophchangnyc new audible book. My friend knows me so she knows I LOVE The WuTang Clan...so when I read the text I immediately downloaded the book from @audible This book is simply UGHmazing. I haven’t been inspired by a book in a while BUT this one right here (perched lips and deep sigh) is everything!!!!! It is a deeply touching story about self discovery, friendship, the timing of the universe, family, heart break and resilience... Dope job @sophchangnyc 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾Once again, great recommendation my friend 😙😙😙 #browngirlsread #happynappybrowngirl #whatareyoureading

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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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I enjoyed the pieces of her life story that came through and felt she would have been just as amazing without reminding us of her connection with major celebrities or how hard she kept explaining her connection to celebrities and famous people. I felt it was just a book about name dropping with her life sprinkled in...

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Great stories. Almost a great book.

There was so much gushing about the artists I thought I bought the wrong book. I wonder what her book would have been like if she focused on her on (ABSOLUTLEY MAGNIFICENT) story. It felt like the artists she admired/loved crowded her out of her own story. Was the book meant to parallel her life? I really would like to hear more from her about HER though. She seems like an amazing person.

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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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Loved this from the opening to the ending.

This is a must read for all Hip Hop Fans. I wasn’t expecting to be tearful but when you can identify with the humanity of her story the tears will flow. A wonderful memoir during a wonderful era in Hip Hop. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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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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I thought I 'd be more interested in the subject..

and I am fascinated by the music industry in general. I was hoping to derive inspiration from Sophia Chang because she is obviously a successful businessperson in a male dominated profession. However, I could not get past the narration and how other characters 'popped' in, such as Method Man's voice. It may have been easier to listen to with a professional voice actor. I am glad I gave it a try, it is intriguing, so I might try to read it.

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Brilliant!!!

One of the best audio books I've listened to! I felt l got to experience it all with her

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-19

Permission to Be a Bad Bitch

This book left me feeling like I'm not alone in the world. Her strength and vulnerability in telling the story of owning her identity in life, business, love, health, meaningful friendships and motherhood; and how owning her sexuality, her professional and physical power through Kung Fu and Hip Hop created the Baddest Bitch in the Room.

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  • 10-22-19

The baddest B and audio book

amazing life and story Sophia is truly a badass a strong independent boss who's inspired me this book is for everyone even if you're not a hip hop head or into martial arts or a lady this book is for everyone and you'll relate and feel her energy, power, confidence and wisdom I hope she does more books start a podcast and do more

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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!!

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  • 02-02-20

Story that needs to be heard

I came across this audiobook by mere accident and I'm glad I did - a story I'm glad Sophia has been so generous to share with the rest of us. It's not one of rainbows and clouds - but yet it is the honest, vivid and down-to-earth storytelling (complete with narration by Sophia herself, her friends, her family, amongst others) that made this such a great audiobook.