She’s in New York tonight, playing her Big Apple debut. Her haha, i’m sorry EP, Bandcamp’d and Complex-premiered this week, shows off her winsome approach. “Okay Cupid” remains the draw, thanks to its pitch-perfect video, but the standout track is “Ay Shawty: THE SHREKONING”—one would think that might get its title trimmed if worked as a single—a call-and-response with male suitor Dankte over lilting SELA production that works as well as any flirtation on wax in recent memory. Pryde beseeches “The birds and bees are a mystery, teach me” in one breath and warning “Forget that you never met me/ I bet that when you do, you will regret wanting to be next to me.” Call it blush rap if you need to label it—her spin on “Call Me Maybe,” anchored by GRANT’s elongating the irresistible strings of the original, does as good a job of reproducing Carly Rae Jepsen’s crush-capturing ditty as any of the thousands of covers out in the wild.
Andy Hutchins on Kitty Pryde, making her NYC debut tonight.
The most interesting thing about this piece to me was that apparently John Green and I both saw an MC Paul Barman comparison in what Kitty is doing (I talked about that in this post). So hey, I’m not the only one! I’m gonna go ahead and take that as confirmation that I’m not crazy and that comparison really does make sense.
And also, it’s cool that she’s playing New York, but she really needs to play DC or someplace else that I can actually get to. I never go to shows anymore, but I’d make an exception to see Kitty Pryde. For sure.
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