In today’s current hip hop media landscape, it’s common to see female rappers that fall into one of three categories. The first group consists of those rappers who focus on their sexuality as a means of artistic expression. The second group is made up of those who relate to their listeners by explaining similar life experiences. The last group recognizes the power in telling a story of violence, using it to instill bravado in fans and fear in the face of detractors. Molly Brazy, a young rapper out of Detroit who is rapidly gaining a buzz at the national level, is the product of the three groups participating in a menage a trois. She uses every element of storytelling to tell us of her important message: don’t fuck with her.
At only 18 years old, she shows a knack for rapping that some who are twice her age still lack. She’s proven her talent at freestyling, something that some of the biggest artists in the game right now refuse to do. Her gruesome content belies her innocent, beautiful appearance; she is a modern day femme fatale. Guys, if you think you can out-rap her, don’t try. She’ll lead you to your doom.
Molly was born on February 22, 1999, in Detroit, Michigan. She had a rough upbringing, later talking about how much she hated school. During her junior year, she was kicked out of school for fighting. She eventually began to upload videos of herself freestyling on Instagram. This would lead to her introduction to 4SHO Magazine, where with the help of Joseph McFashion, her buzz has begun to skyrocket.
Things You May Not Have Known About Her:
- Her favorite weapon is the Century DRACO AK PISTOL 7.62X39.
- She has a gold chain with the letter “B” embossed on the charm, a crown rests atop its head.
- She has 660,000 followers on Instagram.
- She’s worked with Cuban Doll and Rocaine.
- She has braces.
- In an interview with DJ Smallz, she says that her rap name came from “the hood.”
- She was almost shot by fellow labelmate 9000 Rondae on mistake while she slept in the studio.
Russ Is Right, Exploiting Drug Addiction For Money Is Wack
Russ has made it clear for over a year now that he’s not for the glamorization of drugs for money. He recently got into a Twitter scuffle with Fat Nick, a known user of lean and narcotics, with the two debating about his fascination with drugs and how the latter makes money off of it. Nick frequently posts his drugs and merchandise that contains drugs online and sees nothing wrong with it. Russ however disagrees. And, after seeing both viewpoints, I daresay I agree with Russ. Glamorizing drugs is wack, point blank.
Rap music was founded in tough times. The best hip-hop to come out of the genre’s Golden Era focused on the hardships that people faced during daily life. Coping with these hardships came natural. Drug use isn’t new. However, the way that drug users are fetishizing these drugs is. Lean, Xanax, and Mollies have become as popular as the music itself. With rappers posting their drugs on social media and dedicating so much of their creative energies to showcasing their fascination with drugs, many kids try them out because the artists they look up to love it.
Nothing good comes out of this besides addiction and death. Xanax pills look fun until you’re trying your best to kick the habit while the withdrawal symptoms kick your ass. Let Mac Miller’s story inform you about the dangers of overdosing. Lil Tracy had a heart attack because of his drug usage. There’s nothing good to come out of using these drugs. Yet, new age rap stars align their aesthetics with drugs because its in and it sells.
This exploitation is no joke and needs to be talked about. Starting a conversation about it will enable the proper action to happen and, hopefully, the way that drugs are exploited for money can be addressed.
Why Ella Mai’s “Trip” Is Better Than “Boo’d Up”
Everyone thought that “Boo’d Up” was the one. Ella Mai’s viral summer single became the talk of the season, a meme due to its widespread popularity across many age, racial, and gender groups. Many thought that Mai lucked up into the DJ Mustard-produced single, attributing much of the song’s success to the producer. But little did they know, “Trip” would come behind it and show that Mai is much more than a one hit wonder.
“Trip” released on August 3 and has been somewhat of a slow burn for the public. It’s a lot darker and moodier than “Boo’d Up”‘s ceiling-less mood. There’s a lingering piano that acts as the song’s lifeblood. When Mai comes in with her surprisingly deep voice, she offsets the equilibrium and swings things in her favor. As it goes on it become a catchy earworm that far outpaces the ceiling of “Boo’d Up”
With all of this said, her debut album, expected to arrive this fall, will be interesting to take in. Has she exhausted all creative avenues in her brilliant two first singles? Or will she continue pushing the culture? “Boo’d Up,” was one thing. “Trip” is another altogether, showcasing that she has a lot still left up her sleeve.
Listen to “Trip” below.
Bay Area Music That You May Have Missed This Week
Here’s our weekly collection of music out of the Bay Area that you may have missed this week. This week’s collection is one of our favorites, with a majority of the tunes being bombastic, lively jams to bolster the energy coursing through your veins. Tune in below: