Ayyeeee~ this is hot!
Wasn’t planning on posting anything today but I stopped upon this by dumb luck and fudging heck if it wasn’t fuego. 😎💪📢🎶🎵🔥
So here’s the skinny, I was just looking through my Japanese itunes earlier(been having that shizz set to Japan), when by chance I unexpectedly came across this korean hip-hop album hiding in the mix. Sitting under the “recent releases” section for hip-hop. Now obviously I was originally looking for new Japanese artists, however, 3 things caught my attention almost immediately that I simply could not ignore.
- first. this artist was a female artist among what seemed like an endless sea of males only. so she was easily able to stick out like a sore thumb. plus you know how I be, always down for some good female rappers right?
- then second. her name was intriguing to say the least. It was “Queen $illy.” Need I even say more fam. Talk about having a dope AF stage name. The fact that she has “Queen” in it obviously makes one think she has confidence. but then because of the “$illy” part it makes one think she has a sense of humor to go a long with it. SO she probs doesn’t take herself overly serious which is nice.
- then for the last point. The album is titled $illyfornia…. and I’m from California. How can I NOT have my interest peeked by THAT. 😛
Thus because of these points I decided to take a quick detour on my plans and check out her album. It was a gamble because I literally knew nothing going into it. Had never heard of this chick before at all. I even tried to look for some reviews beforehand to see what the dillio was. But you know what I found, zilch. That’s right, nada. If you were to go type either “$illyfornia review” or “Queen $illy review” right now chances are you will get nothing. This might actually be her first English review now that I think about it. but I digress. lol
Eventually I just delved in with some low expectations. What happened next though was interesting. Little by little I found those expectations suddenly start to rise. Track by track growing exponentially even. Now the intro I’ll admit wasn’t a particularly special start, but it did a solid job of setting the mood. Which was to bring you the calm before the storm. Then from there you had the follow up track Drop out of school which was able to build of that giving you a trance like beat with some street feeling bars. A little on the generic sounding side but I liked it as well.
However once Bad Bich came out it was a game changer. I realized the storm was finally here I was like oh ok so this IS “hip-hop.” This was what I was hoping for. I don’t know shizz about this girl or her backstory but from the passion I get from this music she comes across to me like a person who wants to do straight up rap. Not an idol who was told to do rap. If that makes any sense. That was just a sense I got from how ham she went as things went on, the energy behind her words, and little nuances in pronunciations.
Now do keep in mind I don’t know Korean yet and I couldn’t find the lyrics anywhere, so she could be going on about some dumb Sh*t for all I know. That said she makes the material she is working with sound proper and good to the unknowing bystander. Has got that aggression down, good delivery, and has some interesting flow changes the more the album goes on. In fact while her title track Bad Bich goes hard I found her other songs on the albums where just as good if not better. By better meaning more intricate and interesting on the ears.
For me the 3 standout tracks are by far Moo_zi, No Time, and Crush. Ok will probs throw in Roxy in there too. See? Lots of goodness. Best of all I think the songs while having similar levels of hype do a good job of being different from each other. I didn’t feel like any of these blended into each other and gave their own feeling.
It’s been awhile since I’ve run into an album where I was like “ok this is my fave track” only to say it again with the next track. That is what happened here. I think 9 out of 10 of these songs have good replay value. Ironically only one titled “Fuck it up” needed more energy and a better hook for it to work. I think for me it was the only track that sounded like the beat and lyrics weren’t quite on the same page thus giving it an off feeling. Other than that I thought everything else was on point and the album ended on a strong note thereafter.
Overall I’d give this a 9/10 since 9 out of the 10 songs overall worked for me. Even the first two that I wasn’t over the moon at the start feel better when in context of the build up of the album. It’s seriously the kind of album that gets better the more it goes on. Meaning the second half overall is the best. It’s got good replay value and I’m now a fan. Considering this is her first album I am curious as fudge where she takes her music from here.
p.s. this was my fave song in my album so if you don’t listen to them all please listen to this one at least. 🙂 It’s a prime example of that aggression I mentioned she had. Also it has the most flowy flow.
Please share your thoughts if you give these a listen. I’ll see you again next time.