Friday, August 19, 2011
Why I Wish Ms. Dynamite Would Blow Up in America
It's been almost a decade since I first discovered the musical powers of Ms. Dynamite. I wish I could tell you how I stumbled upon her brilliant single It Takes More, but, once I did, I knew I'd found something genius. Lyrically this song is deep (and melodically addictive). I've always admired her fearlessness, her commitment to never shy away from real life, relatable, in-your-face topics. Later, my love for her intellectual/socio-politcal hip hop music would led me to the equally-provocative Northern State (I will plea for them to reunite in another blog at another time).
Like all artists, Ms. Dynamite's style and influences have shifted in the recent years. Her new single has just been released in the U.K. (but, sadly, most of her music is not available in America via iTunes, with the exception of her first album). With this new song, we are presented with a more mature (but still relevant and contemporary) and seemingly more subdued performer. Don't be fooled. She's still the live wire she's always been. And, hopefully, always will be.
Say what you want, but Ms. Dynamite can still make us stop and feel. She can still take our breath away. And isn't that what it really means to be a true artist?
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