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The Baddest Bitch in the Room

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Written by: Sophia Chang
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Length: 8 hrs
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  • The Baddest Bitch in the Room
  • "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.

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A raw story with heart and laughs

I was entertained and inspired. There were so many things I related with, being a Korean Candian living in Toronto. I sold my camera for my plane fare to take off to L.A. and also missed my graduation ceremony. Thanks for writing your book and giving Korean women a voice!

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I love this book🥰

Thank-you Sophia for sharing your courageous story. You are truely an inspiration! I absolutely loved your story!

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  • CMF
  • 2019-10-15

Fantastic storytelling, production & message

So fun, inspirational, empowering for a half Asian, music-loving woman who also grew up in bland (when compared to NYC) “burbs” of Vancouver, Canada. Story flows nicely. Love the guest appearances for the dialogue and some of the sound effects so I can see it in my minds eye.

Most of all, this book inspired me to give myself permission to be audaciously me, to pursue the crafts and people I love rather than worry so much about just “getting a job.” It was comforting to hear examples of other women’s experiences of navigating entrenched boys clubs - which inevitably happens when you choose to rise the ranks in pretty much all industries I can think of.

Wonderful memoir and so glad you told your story Sophia because there aren’t as many mentors out there for the female, Asian/North American demographic who follow he creative path.

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Baddest Bitch!

Purchased the book because I loved the Title and Sophia Chang's pose. Loved every part of her memoir felt every word and emotion like as if I was there with her! I would love to meet her just because! Worth a read and or listen you will not be disappointed.

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  • Pinknubian
  • 2019-10-01

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
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  • sage
  • 2019-10-14

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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  • Readus A Lotticus
  • 2019-10-01

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
  • 2019-09-29

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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  • Tina Gundy
  • 2019-09-30

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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  • Felicia Waller
  • 2019-10-29

Not too sure

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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  • Adwoa
  • 2019-09-29

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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  • Ellen Cann
  • 2019-10-05

life changer!

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

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  • THS
  • 2019-10-03

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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  • Kevin Bruyneel
  • 2019-10-02

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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