kathryn beckwith

M0rgan Stop - Kitty, Impatiens (2014)

Baby, is the door closed? Are you keeping focus, are you Moses, are you the reason I’m inside of this swarm of locusts? And if so, can you walk on the red seas, and see into the dark and make it light again (please, please, please). Prince of Egypt, Prince of Persia, Prince of Paris, you’re the prince of champagne and sunning on the terrace. You’re the prince of bubble bath, the crush I have is terrifying. Suffer, but I bear it. I know love will tear us apart again. You are nailing me to the wall, you shackle me like a slave. I’m failing, I feel you fall off the back of me like a wave. A factory made impala roll fast down the interstate. I’m mad that you say you’ll call, but you bastard, you make me wait. I pissed on you like a Mastiff, you’re the hydrant. Raise my mast with your flag on it like a pirate. I’m a good girl with a Master’s in wasting time, and I’m the pearl being cast among all the swine. The sky turned light blue, what we were inside and I don’t mind. You say to spend the night, too late ‘cause the sky’s already light blue. I think the sky turned light blue, what we were inside and I don’t mind. You say to spend the night, too late ‘cause the sky’s already light blue. Blah, blah, blah, blah, you’re always fighting with me. Rah, rah, rah, Sun God I need your Vitamin D. I need your Chemical X, so I can smile at whatever little mess I’m in next. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, you’re always fighting with me. Rah, rah, rah, Sun God I need your Vitamin D (it is vital to live). I need your Chemical X, so I can smile at whatever little mess I’m in next. ‘Cause I think the sky turned light blue, what we were inside and I don’t mind. You say to spend the night, too late ‘cause the sky’s already light blue. I think the sky turned light blue, what we were inside and I don’t mind. You say to spend the night, too late ‘cause the sky’s already light blue. I think the sky turned light blue. 

For fans of: Yung Lean, MØ, Chrome Sparks, Uffie

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Trapped in the Tumblr Closet: Kitty Pryde

She went to prom in May, reads Seventeen magazine and works at Claire's accessories in the mall. She also has a viral rap video, and has received death threats from hip-hop purists. And yet, 19-year-old Kitty Pryde – real name Kathryn Beckwith – is the teen rap sensation the internet can’t stop talking about. The Florida rapper/retail clerk stopped by Tumblr HQ for a trip inside our fabled utility closet.

Brand new installment of THE WANDERING WOLF available now! This week with Kitty pryde!

Episode 16- “Kathryn Beckwith (Kitty (Pryde))”. Yoni and Kitty meet up for a yoga class in Manhattan and then head back to Kitty’s place to talk about staying relevant in the new world of short attention-spans, Kitty’s beginnings, the Internet, process, etc. Yoni is joined once again by Donjamin Joliath for the intro/outro.

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kitty pryde - okay cupid

~*i used to be a pimp without emotion and now you got me sippin and singin the frank ocean and thinkin bout you ooh no no no i been thinkin bout you ooh no no no*~

cultural appropriation in pop music.

Apparently everyone hates Kitty on these grounds.. or at least that’s the excuse (it’s probably misogyny and lol teen girls smell or whatever) There is a conversation to be had about white middle class indie appropriation of Hip Hop, for sure. I mean I remember being really mad when Scroobius Pip- a white English nerd guy started lecturing about what hip hop really is on Thou Shalt Always Kill.

Tbh honest as I see it (I’m not a PoC or from the US ghetto, so feel free to correct me) if Kitty was doing hip hop with the style and subject matter of like NWA or Nas, it would be gross and creepy. But she’s using the medium not the message of hip hop’s roots in order to convey an honest representation of her own experience, in her own style. I think there’s a line between the political/ethical goal of avoiding cultural appropriation and stifling the cross  pollination between cultures that we have to thank for all the best music since the Rock'n'Roll era. 

Personally I think it’s much more vexing to see Mumford and Sons;  people from the highest echelons of social privilege possible appropriate a people’s music like folk from the ground up and the iconography of the poverty of the dustbowl and Steinbeck at that… or Frank Turner who takes liberally from Woody Gutherie and Billy Bragg whilst holding both an Eton education and right-wing libertarian views.  

They don’t get called out nearly as much, but I guess it just isn’t as fun as hating on teenage girls online, eh?