In Defense Of Kitty: ‘D.A.I.S.Y. Rage’ EP Proves She’s Better At This Than At Least 20 Famous Rappers

Carl Williott | January 31, 2013 5:30 am

Kitty (f/k/a Kitty Pryde) dropped her very solid D.A.I.S.Y. Rage EP today (January 31), and the fact that it’s very solid is important, because it was a natural reflex to write her off as an online pest back when “Okay Cupid” emerged. But after two impressive releases, such a stance now seems like the bleating of stodgy hip-hop elitists. The 19-year-old refers to herself as rap game Taylor Swift, but a more apt label would be rap game Lana Del Rey. Like Lana with the Paradise EP, her latest effort improved upon her prior release while amplifying her persona. And like LDR, Kitty gets a whole lot of criticism, little of which has anything to do with the actual music.

See, the dirty secret is that this lady can rap — check out the verbal marathons on “Dead Island” or “Unfollowed” for proof — and that’s what makes the vitriol so mind-boggling. Kitty has a breathless flow that conveys sarcasm, annoyance, shame, aggression — often in the same verse and usually while sounding completely bored. This is not an easy trick to pull off! And though her vocals are light and airy, her self-deprecating lyrics are dense with pop references and hip-hop allusions. There are plenty of MCs (some of them critical darlings) who are worse rappers than Kitty. In fact, here’s 20 of them! This list is not exhaustive, but it is totally subjective and totally right. Leave your angry comments below.

20 People Who Can’t Rap As Well As Kitty: 1. Wiz Khalifa 2. Pitbull 3. Rick Ross (On his new remix of Kendrick Lamar‘s “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe,” Rozay rhymes “alive” with “alive,” people.) 4. Chief Keef 5. Diddy (Remember “Come With Me”?) 6. Flo Rida 7. Lil B (The truest example of quantity over quality. #teamjoeybada$$) 8. Kreayshawn 9. Taco Bennett 10. That girl from Karmin 11. Jay-Z, but only his “Suit & Tie” verse 12. 13. Lana Del Rey 14. Trinidad Jame$ 15. PSY, but only in English 16. Ke$ha 17. Krispy Kreme 18. Soulja Boy 19. Swizz Beatz 20. Whoever rapped on that one Bruce Springsteen song last year

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