The Music Vox 8/12/12 - RedEye’s Kyle Kramer on Chicago’s rising female rappers
By the way, I forgot to post this earlier, but I was on the radio last month talking about Chicago rap! Like, the real live radio that goes over the airwaves, not even my dumb podcast. I think I did pretty well, too, and this is kind of relevant re: other things people are discussing. So check it out!
Thanks to Jesse Menendez and Vocalo for having me.
@KatieGotBandz - RedEye outtakes (Taken with Instagram)
I wrote an article about Katie Got Bandz and some other Chicago rappers that might be worth your attention:
Well, sort of—the career part was unexpected. Katie was serving jail time on a gun charge when the video for “I Need a Hitta” came out and became a YouTube hit among local youth, so it was a surprise for her to come home to a fan base. The sudden success, however, prompted her to keep making music.
“I ain’t want to be a one-hit wonder so I’m like. ‘Let me just keep going,’” she explained recently…
“Fuck you like a naughty Christian” is such a dope line that I can recommend this video just based on that. But there is also the fact that this song works really well as a song, the fact that Tink effortlessly handles several different flows, and the fact that this video makes her look incredibly cool (Chicago’s answer to Azealia Banks, hopefully?).
Tink is from the south suburb of Calumet City. She’s only 17, but she has one pretty fantastic R&B mixtape from earlier this year (admittedly with a few too many DJ Hustlenomics drops on it, but also with the amazing line “my heels are seven inches/Monday through Sunday/I’m walking to the bank as if I’m Tyra on that runway”), and she’s being managed by Lyrical Eyes, who has a very good track record in Chicago. I could see big things happening for her. Already since this video she dropped a solid freestyle on FakeShoreDrive, so keep your eyes open.
But start here because this is a great video. That’s DGainz on the beat, and also on the couch shredding the guitar, by the way.