It's almost Christmas time!
I hope everyone's been extra good this year.
If not here's a lump of coal to set you in the right direction!Album ReviewEP:
Change Your LifeArtist:
I love Lady MC's. Mostly because being the gender helps, but also because just like what Music History did for History, the Ladies do for Rap; give the subject and genre a different perspective, a feminine touch that's no less fierce or devastating than the "masculine" counterpart.
Unfortunately the Ladies are always very fleeting. They dominate in their time but then suddenly their time comes and they fade away, which can't be said for the men. Jay-Z [with or without that hyphen], Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Eminem, Snoop Dogg [or Lion or Zilla] and even those who are deceased: Tupac, and Biggie, have an incredible staying power that last and even grow through each generation of listeners that want to hear a good story.
And that's what Rap does: it tells a story. A story of experience and pain and frustration, and sometimes it's not about a story at all but simply about poetry. And all these men are incredible story-tellers and poets.
But what, can I ask, happened to the ladies?
Oh sure there's underground mixtapes that aren't mainstream, but you need to understand how to access the underground, and that's it's own scene that at present eludes me. So not speaking of the underground scene, where ARE the ladies?
Where did Lil' Kim go? Where is Foxy Brown? And dammit Missy, we ALL miss you. Eve dropped a new album that no one expected and no one seemed to have really cared about. Is it because the current wave of music is riding the EBM/EDM high? Or is it because the Ladies of Rap don't seem to have a staying power like their male counterparts?
And while Nicki Minaj has forced her way Gaga-esque into our consciousness, will she be able to keep a hold of it a decade from now? Or will we look at her as a reference point on a musical timeline? Will she have the staying power that TLC most likely would still have as active recording artists if it wasn't for the loss of Left-Eye?
I would hope so. There needs to be a voice for the ladies out there that can last for more than 5 years. One that has an honest talent without reverting to one-hit-wonder dumb-rap just because they have the capabilities of talking really fast with bubblegum in their mouth.
Can Iggy Azalea [Nee Amethyst Amelia Kelly] do that? Time will only tell. But if Eminem can do it, then a skinny girl from Australia [AUSTRALIA!] sure makes for a fine dark horse contender. And at least she's doing more than Kreayshawn, which as far as I'm concerned is only still around because of that moniker [it's a mangling of "creation" by the way.], and Azalea Banks who only exists at this point to make enemies of everyone in the Twitterverse. [And who apparently had a great 4 track EP, but with the music in the background so obnoxiously loud and erratic, it's hard to focus on the angry words coming out of her mouth, good, bad, or mediocre. Which is to say her debut album will most likely go the way of Chinese Democracy at this point.]
And while Iggy Azalea appears to be as big a joke as Kreayshawn, she can do much more than prattling off expensive designers in a squeakbox voice. In fact she has a very deep and rich voice for a girl so skinny she only has one side, and the sound of the music itself isn't a distracting mess, but can weave seemlessly in and out of clubs, cars, and earbuds. There's a fun pop kick and just enough trash talking and sass to nestle her right between "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" and "How Many Licks?". Which can give her enough cross over appeal to please both Hip Hop Heads and Top 40 Drones.
And cameos from T.I. [who signed her to his own label] and Wale [Wah-lay] don't hurt.
And neither did spicing up Robin Thicke's godawful "Blurred Lines," during the last awards. Because let's be real, the only good part of that performance WAS Iggy Azalea, and her words alone ran laps around Thicke's Marvin Gaye abusing ass.
So here's to hoping Iggy Azalea is here to stay, at least outside of the elusive underground and the seedy alleys of Youtube rap and make a legit name for herself.Moral of the Story:
Change Your Life, while only has 4 tracks [the last two being remixes] is small but mighty. Iggy spits out her struggle of being a homeless transplant while still offering up positive bouncy energy. And while cameos of better known artists, such as labelmate T.I. and Wale is a good step in a more recognizable direction, Iggy Azalea no doubt can hold her own.Cheers:
Here's to hoping Iggy Azalea can break through with a full length album in the near future because the EBM/EDM soaked radio can use a good mouth without Miley's tongue attached to it. And hell, Iggy can hold her head above the buttonpushing tide if the remixes of "Change Your Life" are anything to go by. Ladies' Night:
Even in an era of buttonpushing, the ladies still need a representative in the Hip Hop / Rap world this sometime this decade. And I submit Iggy Azalea for the job to get us out of the boopbopbeepbop sounds of robots having sex and into the world of music again.Facebook Review:
Dear Iggy Azalea, I can dig it. I'm in it for the long haul. PS thank you for making me appreciate T.I., because more often than not his rapping just makes me want to shake kittens.
Be good all.