Regina Cho is a vibrant, cultured, hip-hop journalist that slays every day and inspires other women to leave their comfort zones and follow their dreams. Cho is a Jersey Legend, hailing from Cliffside Park where she grew up. Her work can be found featured in outlets like Billboard, Genius, HOT 97, DJBooth, Pigeons & Planes, and more. A majority of her content consists of interviews and she mainly writes about hip-hop and R&B. Aside from living her dreams as a music journalist, Regina also continues to exercise her writing and editing skills by re-doing peoples resumes and cover letters, doing transcriptions, and editing peoples assignments for school. "I think it’s this way because, in order to get to my goal, I’m the type to dedicate every free moment to something that will help push me forward. I have a very “Ima go all in, or nothing” tunnel vision type of attitude towards this career journey so every minute I’m “working” is spent on something music-related or writing/editing related." Which alone showcases why this GLAZED GIRL's nickname is THE DREAM CHASER. It's amazing to see and feel such vibrant energy like Regina's, even through her social media. Her transparency and responsive presence online really made it easy to get to know Regina and her day today.
A Syracuse University Alum, Regina notes that her years as a SU Orange has heavily influenced her career. She took advantage of everything college had to offer. If there was a cool guest speaker event featuring someone in her field, she would go. If a professor worked in the hip-hop industry, she made sure she pulled up to their office hours and formed a relationship with them over time. She would meet so many peers who had the same interests as she did and only made her more passionate about her craft. Regina and her closest friends started their very own publication called Mixtape, Syracuse’s first and only hip-hop magazine. She was the executive editor which helped her develop editing skills because she was in charge of editing, assigning, and pitching literally almost every written thing that went into each issue of the mag while leading a team of writers.
I first came across Regina through my public relations pitching. One task of publicists is making media lists and reaching out to those on these lists for coverage of clients. During my last semester of college, I began seeing Regina's name showing up at a lot of publications that I was creating media lists for. One click, led to another and I began reading up on her write-ups of different artists on various platforms. I soon found her on Instagram and fell in love with her sense of style, which she accredits her Dad for on social media. After engaging with her off rip, Regina is super supportive and her personality shines through her social media. Only being 23, Regina has already been published twice in printed Billboard Magazine.
"I found a tweet from like 2015 that said Ima get that done before the age of 25, and I put the work in and made my dream come true. I don’t care what anyone says, there’s truly nothing like actually holding and reading a physical magazine, even to this day. It’s just a different feeling. It happened earlier this year and I did interviews with Joey Bada$$, Meechy Darko (Flatbush Zombies), and YK Osiris. It was just kind of surreal because I used to hang Billboard magazines up on my wall to keep me motivated, and now I’m in them." Cho notes. She is a perfect example of going after your dreams and perfecting your craft while going for those goals too. I thought that Regina would a perfect addition to GLAZED because she showcases big dreams being fufilled with hard work, in a different way. The industry of hip hop has so many components. The music is the main source but along with it, radio, journalism, record label work, and fashion are all intertwined into one another. Regina Cho is a GLAZED Girl because she's The Dream Chaser that helps others chase their own dreams.
With the #GlazedGirls that I actually interview I proposed a couple of fun questions that show the influence of other women in hip hop have on each other.
What does hip-hop mean to you?
Above all, hip-hop means passion to me, and the passion manifests in hundreds of different ways. The artists pour their passion into the bars, the shows will move you, the relationships will strengthen you, and the stories will heal you. I know this sounds dramatic, but hip-hop means the world to me because it gave me purpose. At times, I used to stop and think to myself, “Shit, this job is lit.. but am I actually even doing anything to help the world? All I’m doing is talking to rappers?” When I was younger in this game, I used to compare myself to people who wanted to become doctors and lawyers, thinking they were helping people more than I ever could. But I realized I can help in different ways and all our roles differ in this life.
Once I started getting into my groove in this, I realized I can help inspire people through these interviews I do and stories I share. I’m the person that artists trust to tell their story, then that story inspires others, and it’s just this big domino effect. That’s my mission. If the end goal isn’t to help people, then this is all for nothing. So many people have reached out to me saying things like “Man, I was just about to give up, but I read your interview you did with ______.” Hip-hop is the reason I can provide that type of motivation. As the great Nipsey Hussle said, “The highest act is to inspire.”
What woman in the industry of hip-hop would you tell your grandkids about + why?
This one’s easy! I’d make sure to tell them about Miss Info. She’s a radio personality based in NYC and I remember hearing her on Hot 97 all the time. I went to an event one day when I was super super young and I met her and learned she was Korean! I’ll never forget it. I don’t know why but I was honestly super shocked. She’s so well respected in the hip-hop world has strong relationships with so may of the OGs in this space. She’s known for being super cool and diligent. I admire her and her story lot. Fun fact: we both got our start at The Source!
Advice for other aspiring journalists (especially postgrad):
Shoot your shot. Anyone who knows me in person will tell you this is the phrase I live by and say the most in my life. I say it so much that my friends reading this are definitely rolling their eyes right now, but it’s true and I practice what I preach. I have pulled up to offices, respectfully slid in DMs of some super high up people, you name it. The only reason I got my start in this game was because I wasn’t afraid to reach out to people and ask them if they were hiring interns or if they could take a look at my clips, stuff like that. Here’s the way I see it: if they don’t answer, okay cool no harm done. If they say no, easy, move on. If they say yes, amazing now you have another dope opportunity. Life is way too short to sit there and wait for shit to fall in your lap, especially in the journalism world. You need to put actions to your words and go out there and chase it and get it done. I’d rather say I gave it a shot and landed flat on my face rather than sit here and wonder what would have happened if I tried.
If you had to create a concert of only women in rap who would be your two opening acts and headliner?
Two opening acts would be my two favorites right now: Meg Thee Stallion and Tierra Whack. They’re so deserving of all the shine they’re getting and they have the talent to match it. Headliner would be Missy Elliott. Although there are so many women in rap who are worthy, I think this trifecta just makes so much sense. Missy is the the queen of that freshness and funkiness Tierra is bringing to the table, and we all know she got that freakiness too.. which we all know is Meg’s expertise.
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