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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Never Heard of 'Em: Princess Superstar

Posted by on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Editor's note: Anna Minard, the latest addition to The Stranger's editorial gaggle, has never heard any music aside from Richard Marx and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Thus, every Wednesday, we present Never Heard of 'Em, in which we force her to listen to and write her impressions about random records by artists considered to be important by music nerds.

Princess Superstar
(Rapster Records)

(This lateness is becoming a problem. Sorry.)

This week, Stranger books editor Paul Constant wanted to pick the album, and bless his heart, he tried to give me something I'd actually like. (Paul, you and Grant should have a chat about how this usually works. When Grant hands me a new album, he can't stop laughing. You, on the other hand, went full former bookseller, all, "Based on things I know you like, I thoughtfully recommend Princess Superstar.")

The reason Paul thought I'd like this is because I adore Katie Kate, and I tend to love female rappers in general. My playlist right now is just Azealia Banks on repeat, and Salt-N-Pepa can bring me out of any shitty mood almost instantaneously. (Um, I just named three musical acts in one paragraph. This is likely the only time I'm going to be able to do that, so enjoy it.)

So how'd the experiment go? Pretty decently. I like rap because I'm a grammar and language nerd, and there's plenty of ridiculous and dirty rhymes and wordplay here. Her word choice—"dichotomy," "je ne sais quoi"—makes me smile. There is a song with Napster in the title—ha! Good joke: "Dead wrong/Like a Dead sticker on a bong." A million points for the baked goods reference "iced out like Entenmann's."

Overall, I like a lot of those small moments on this album, but I don't always love her delivery. The way rappers try too hard to sound cocky backfires for me a lot. (I wish I could find nerdier rappers. For now I just have to watch YouTube videos teachers make to get kids into math.) I do love when she gets silly, like on track 6, "Trouble," when she does a bunch of goofy voices.

I also have to say: I do not approve of track 2, "Bad Babysitter." As someone who still has almost an entire shelf of old Baby-sitters Club books, I am offended by these lyrics. (Although the chorus, "I'm a bad babysitter/Got my boyfriend in your shower/Whoo/I'm makin' six bucks an hour," is pretty funny, we all know from #79: Mary Anne Breaks the Rules that "boyfriends and babysitting don't mix!" Didn't this lady even read BSC?)

Rating: 7 out of 10. Just kidding! I meant "Fun but it's hard to stop myself from trying to diagram the sentences" out of 10.

Listen to "Keith n Me" after the cut.


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yos-wa 1
if you want interesting and nerdy wordplay without the braggadocious-ness, give Princess Superstar's frequent collaborator, MC Paul Barman, a try.
He may not be female, but his jewish ivy league language arts rhymes about pro-choice/feminism/art scenes/anti-circumcision/whatever other silly shit he wants to throw your way may just tickle your fancy.
Posted by yos-wa on March 29, 2012 at 9:07 AM · Report this
I was also going to recommend MC Paul Barman. If you like nerdy rappers, you would love him.

Posted by virginia mason on March 29, 2012 at 10:10 AM · Report this
cosby 3
Listening to Princess Superstar in 2012 is like being waterboarded; except instead of feeling like you are going to die, you hope that you are going to die so that the torture ends.
Posted by cosby on March 29, 2012 at 10:14 AM · Report this
GlamB0t 4
Aw, I liked it, but you guys would probably pass out if you saw my iTunes. Funky beats be funky. I'm going to check out MC Paul Barman too.

p.s. I love everything about this series.
Posted by GlamB0t on March 29, 2012 at 11:03 AM · Report this
What 1 and 2 said. I've been wondering what was up with Mr. Barman of late.
Posted by Levislade on March 29, 2012 at 11:37 AM · Report this
yos-wa 6
@5 - he released that second full length, but only digitally. it's called "thought balloon mushroom cloud." i'm not as big of a fan on the production on it, but it still has interesting and solid rhymes. it has also grown on me with every listen.
Posted by yos-wa on March 29, 2012 at 11:54 AM · Report this
Thanks, found it on his site - - and am listening right now. Good stuff. I love that he raps about owl pellets, science, circumcision, and AIDS.
Posted by Levislade on March 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM · Report this
GlamB0t 8
Aw...I miss this series. :(
Posted by GlamB0t on April 21, 2012 at 8:28 AM · Report this
Sea Otter 9
Ugh, no no and no to Paul Barman. Try Boom Bip and Doseone.
Posted by Sea Otter on June 9, 2012 at 3:29 AM · Report this

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