Brooklynite and Mike Patton acolyte Imani Coppola has been making edgy hip hop for a decade. But this pop project (a collaboration with DJ Adam Pallin) might just be her making. Coming over like Kelis with Lily Allen's forked rhymes, Coppola laces these deceptively frothy sunshine beats with dispatches from the darkest reaches of her soul, especially on lead single 'The World Should Revolve Around Me' .
Ever since Amy was sniffed out like Tanqueray and Lily sang about pimps and crack whores, gobby women have revved the engine of pop music. In 2008 - after 11 years of trying - it's the turn of Imani Coppola, the corkscrew-curled frontwoman of New York duo Little Jackie. Back in 1997, Coppola should have been the future of pop. Born in Long Island and raised on welfare by an African-American mother and Italian father, she gave up a career as an unlikely violin prodigy when her Donovan-sampling debut single, Legend of a Cowgirl, became an international radio and MTV hit.
It took a minute for the U.S. major labels to figure out how best to replicate the surprise success of Amy Winehouse's Back To Black album, and S-Curve, which hit big with the elaborately plotted Joss Stone throwback scheme, believes it's got it solved. [rssbreak] S-Curve has found its own Winehouse knockoff in Little Jackie, which consists of singer/songwriter Imani Coppola and Mark Ronson-type programmer dude Adam Pallin (whose claim to fame is having once collaborated with American Idol loser Elliott Yamin).