“Rap game Taylor Swift” crows teenage internet sensation Kitty Pryde, and she’s not far off: like Swift, the Daytona Beach, Florida rapper is a whip-smart young woman from the suburbs with a gift for pouring her loves and loathings into sharp, catchy songs. Of course, Kitty Pryde is a lot hipper, and a lot less PG, than Swift. On her new EP she rhymes – wittily and deftly but with an appealing casualness – about drunk-dialing and coke-snorting; she repurposes Carly Rae Jepsen (“GIVE ME SCABIES”); she shouts out Frank Ocean and fashion designer Betsey Johnson; she even winks at the Lana Del Ray kerfuffle (“You hide out in the cubicle and ponder whose daughter I am”). She boasts that she’s “ruining hip-hop.” Maybe she is – for the better.
Listen to “Ay Shawty”:
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