Chicago-based underground legend Psalm One comes through with her brand new album titled FLIGHT OF THE WIG. Being a fan of her music since Bio: Chemistry (her debut album that came out is 2002), I was excited to dig into this new release. It is a dense album with off-kilter production, which is both somewhat quirky and bass-heavy, making it a menacing soundscape for her to provide introspective raps about identity politics and personal topics in an intriguing tone.
“Nasty Jazz Hands” is an example of that menacing, unapologetic energy she brings. “Get out the gay, get out the gay, get out the gay, now. All these homophobes up in mentions, y’all in the closet, that’s why you trippin’,” is an example of that honest, raw and unapologetic energy that is present throughout the album. “The Impossible Lover” is a personal tale about love, as she flows over a synth-heavy beat that is lighter in tone. Her versatility is to be praised and recognised, as her voice meanders between different grooves. “Rock & Roll McDonald’s” is another smooth and soulful cut on this album, touching on subjects such as trash men (mentioning R Kelly among other things), rapping in a more blunt tone. The keys on “WWIV” featuring Angel Davanport features soulful keys and a heavy political message that is heavily relatable and brutally honest. Psalm One excels on this release and I can’t wait to hear more from her!
Listen to Psalm One’s excellent new FLIGHT OF THE WIG below via Bandcamp, and don’t forget to support!