Release Date: Oct 15, 2013
Record label: Totally Gross National Product
The twentysomething Minneapolis-via-Houston-via-Detroit purveyor of "superhero music", Lizzo, is no stranger to the trials and tribulations of trying to make it as a musician. Having been involved with a multitude of locally and regionally renowned R&B/rap outfits over the years (including most prominently The Chalice and GRRRL PRTY), Lizzo has built herself a solid reputation. Initially raised on a diet of gospel and classic soul like Stevie Wonder, she's absorbed fragments of countless genres whilst on the rise, as far flung as prog.
"Don't tell us to slow it down, we won't listen – we're twentysomethings." She's speaking on behalf of her age group here, but Lizzo, a Texan rapper based in Minneapolis, could also be referring to her own delivery. In this super-charged debut, which harks back to early-90s hip-hop, she delights in speeding it up, be it to dazzle male counterparts, as on Pants vs Dress, or simply as a release. At times joyfully nonsensical, Lizzo's stream-of-consciousness rhymes can also be lethally pointed.
Lizzobangers is, in a word, ferocious. Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, the hometown of equally incendiary hip-hop artist P.O.S., Lizzo is a socially conscious and extremely provocative rapper and producer. In a contemporary musical climate saturated with hyperbolic claims of sex, drugs, and alcohol, Lizzo releases a strikingly earnest work that establishes nothing less than the power of the individual.
Since moving to Minneapolis in 2011, Lizzo has been setting off the Twin Cities hip-hop scene, winning over crowds and collecting plenty of local acclaim with her groups the Chalice, GRRRL PRTY, and Tha Clerb. And now, the vibrant MC has put together a spirited new solo record, Lizzobangers, with the help of Doomtree DJ/producer Lazerbeak and Gayngs/Marijuana Deathsquads/Polica mastermind Ryan Olson. The self-assured results of their fruitful collaboration are featured throughout this raucous, inspired album, which finds Lizzo seizing her moment with a tight, potent grip on the mic that she doesn’t loosen once during the record’s 13 banging tracks.