Would you guys agree that this song was ahead of it’s time?
Think about the type of music that is coming out now, it’s qualities, and the fact that it is accepted and oftentimes praised. Now think about how many of those qualities are in this song.
People were saying that this song was trash because of the lyrics. You mean to tell me, for what this song is worth and what it attempts to put itself out there as, that we are going to argue about “how deep” the lyrics were? The hook was too repetitive? The outlandish beat? The unusual presentation? The bizarre lyrics?
Kreayshawn opened up a sphere of hip-hop to women that is now occupied by artists like Lil Debbie, Ashley All Day, Brooke Candy, Chanel West Coast and Kitty Pryde among others (I consider artists like Honey Cocaine and Snow Tha Product in a separate category because I’m sure they want to be taken seriously as rappers more so than a character).
Otherwise, this brand of weirdo outsider rap could still be dominated by Lil B and Riff Raff. And not to say she is the trailblazer, because I’m sure all of these artists have been at it for a while now. And I’m sure they could’ve made it on their own anyways, but I’m talking as history has dictated.
I also feel that fashion changed once Kreayshawn came around. Not that the “Kreayshawn look” is popular, but the attitude that she took towards clothing. She was a fashion caricature in the same way The Cool Kids were. And The Cool Kids were my idols. I wanted to be just like them. Back in high school, it seemed what they were doing was so daring and unattainable for myself, whether it was money wise or whether or not I had the bravery to rock yellow pants with SB dunks and snapbacks.
I don’t know, but I feel like there was something there more than just one song and abysmal album sales. I think she was the victim of typical music industry where they tried to mold her into something for the mainstream and it didn’t work. I personally wanted to hear her rap about trappin’ and swag and gold chains and basic bitches over beats made by the dude who made “Like A Martian.”
Part of my love for this song probably comes from the music video. Growing up in San Diego during my late teens, Los Angeles seemed like a mystical place of opportunity. All through high school Fairfax Ave was Mecca, thanks to Supreme, Flight Club and all that. I always wanted to visit those spots. Seeing them walk through this area in the music video made LA seem fun, gnarly and radical. Now you can find me on Melrose at least twice a week. I love it here.
Oakland’s own scuzz rock and surf pop quartet SWMRS are readying their debut album for this week’s New Music Friday. The band has easily won over the affection of many with their brand of light and punchy pop punk music. Their single, Figuring It Out, is one of the most infectious indie rock tunes of the moment, and they’ve even teamed up with fellow Oaklander Kreayshawn for its new music video. Youthful energy and buoyant angst saturate both video and song. Figuring It Out is a rollicking anthem that reminds me of ex-Bay Area band WATERS with a injection of Green Day fortitude, which comes as no surprise considering band member Joey Armstrong is Billy Joe Armstrong’s son. Pre-order SWMRS’ debut album Drive North on iTunes.