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I first saw Mykki Blanco perform in a grimy warehouse in Providence, Rhode Island. I was bone-tired after a week of grueling exams, and the only reason I was at the concert at all was because my friend dragged me to the performance, claiming I just had to see this. The venue was cramped, hot, and sweaty, and I almost felt myself regretting the decision until Mykki entered the room like a crescendo. She turned us all from exhausted students into her enthusiastic, ardent fans with one song. Mykki Blanco is an artist in all senses of the word: a poet, a rapper, an actor, a writer. Read More
Miami rapper and hip-hop songstress Kat Dahlia released the music video for “Gangsta” last week and I can’t get it out of my head. Dahlia’s rough-around-the-edges vocals and brutal lyrics make for a gloomy centerpiece to a sunshiny backdrop of a video. The track is about her independence from a toxic relationship, but certain lines are woven in to create an even more serious story. The piano riff is beautiful as Dahlia cuts deep with, “My mommy started workin’ days at the church/ Finding faith in God ‘cause the real world hurts. Read More
Nicole and Natalie Albino are twin sisters who make up the hip-hop duo Nina Sky. The Queens, NY natives have been making dope beats and spitting sick raps since 2004. You might remember their chart-topping reggaeton single “Move Ya Body” from way back when, but they’ve changed things up a bit since then. Their latest album Nicole & Natalie still holds strong to their R&B roots but sounds a bit more like Euro-dance-pop. This past Thursday, the ladies brought the party to 285 Kent, where fans rolled out to hear the hits, old and new. Read More
  Sosan Firooz, the first Afghani female rapper, has recently been hit with a spate of menacing text messages and phone calls demanding that she stop performing.  “If your daughter appears on TV again,” one caller said to her mother, “we will cut off your head.” This seems nuts—but considering recent news from her home country, it doesn’t seem impossible. Sosan, 23, performs with her hair uncovered in front of both male and female audiences, and she openly criticizes the Taliban in her songs. Read More
Azealia Banks, the formerly small-time badass rapper from Harlem, is making some big things happen. Most recently, Banks banged out some tunes with a couple big names in the biz. In an interview with Brazil’s Mix TV, Banks confirmed rumors that she has been working with Lady Gaga, but explained that, oddly enough, the two collaborated “from afar” via the Internet. “We have a song called ‘Red Flame’ and we also have a song called ‘Ratchet,’” Banks told a reporter from Mix TV.  “I don’t know what she’s doing with it. Read More