we had a preeeeetty awesome list for 2014’s “you oughta know” series. from moses sumney to king, i’m not to sure how we’re gonna top it, but i think we’re off to a good start.
the fact that i’m partial to lady rappaz is well documented on the site, i promise it’s not because we’re on the same team. women just happen to be a little better at talking sh*t and flexxin’, two important ingredients in being a great rapper. the first inductee into 2015’s “you oughta know” series totally falls into the aformentioned club.
sammus, ladies and gents!
::crowd goes wild::
sammus reached out to me and i was super flattered because i’m not some known writer or label person worthy of getting hit up by artists. anywho, i skipped over to her soundcloud and found myself timbaland head nodding as soon as the track started. sammus represents two of my fave things: real black girls and diy, so it was an easy sell. there was an article floating around about lack of female producers last year, but after listening to her entire catalogue, it’s no reason why sammus wasn’t included. her beats on fleeeeeek.
so let’s keep a tally, sammus is a cool black girl, writes her own rhymes, and makes her own beats.
furthermore, she has her own swag that is quite refreshing since hip-hop is still knee deep in the same ol’ trap beats and that continuous loop from dj mustard. as the high priestess of the hip-hop subgenre, nerdcore, sammus is able to bridge the gap between the gamer geek and hard 90s spitter. though her subject matter is all things afrofuturist and game-centered, her delivery is hard-hitting like a battle rapper from the smack dvds. my relationship with video games began and ended with “duck hunt”, so i don’t get all of her references, but i know bars when i hear them. to further round out sammus’ all over dopeness, she’s an educator currently working on her phd (and shawty kinda bad).
dig in to her latest, “another m” and get lifted.
::bops to “mae jemison”::