I'm all for outspoken women keeping shit real, especially in a male-dominated genre like hip-hop. I don’t mean outspoken in the Nicki Minaj neon-pink-crazy-eyed-all-up-in-your-face sense, I mean women who are bold and have a message, bringing truths to light and wearing confidence as armor.
On the ear-catching, bluntly titled “BitchSlut,” Anna Wise holds it down for the ladies. She explores the double standards of being a woman today and illustrates the expectations and assumptions placed on them based on outward appearance. “Say no I’m a bitch/say yes I’m a slut” she coos with swagger. With her old-hollywood glamour style and sharp but sweet tongue, I get a slight Lana Del Rey vibe from her.
Released on International Women’s Day and coinciding with naked selfie controversy of she-who-I-refuse-to-name, this track sends an unabashed message to listeners of all genders. With a honeyed voice, Wise delivers direct lyrics about the frustrations of hypocritical labels placed on the female sex.
Oh, she's also got street cred to back her up. Wise is the Grammy-winning voice on Kendrick Lamar's “These Walls” and appears on good kid m.A.A.d. city as well as "untitled 03" and "untitled 05" on untitled unmastered. Get it, girl.
Stay tuned for her forthcoming solo EP and check out her other musical project, Sonnymoon.