Melanie “Hypress” Ramjee is a hip hop PR pioneer. Back when it wasn’t the leading genre in the country – and, in fact, it wasn’t all that embraced – it was the company that Melanie co-founded that signed and pushed artists like Spex as well as Mizchif.

The publicist/serial entrepreneur/blogger/influencer does not like to talk about herself. In fact, she has done so much for the game that if your favourite rappers had to mention a time Mel came through for them, you’d be surprised.

Here, she talks to us about hanging up her mic before she even started, the ups and downs of entrepreneurship and how to get onto the road to becoming a dope publicist.