Don’t let Lyric Michelle’s cute face and thin waist fool you. She’s not the type to dedicate all of her rhymes to Christian Louboutin shoes and Hermes bags. Her message is so important that she slams meaningless raps on her new single “This & That.”
On the song, the poet and MC complains about hip-hop’s current status quo that prioritizes a dope track and chorus over substance.
She raps, “Blah, blah, blah. This and that. Nobody gives a damn 'less the hook it hot, and the beat gon' drop, gon' bob ya head. Didn’t hear any single word I said, but the hook is hot.”
The independent artist says that while she likes to party and have fun, she doesn’t understand why so many people accept being one-dimensional. “I feel like people don’t care, I could read you my grocery list, but if it’s popping. It’s gone make some bread,” she tells me after performing at a South by Southwest barbeque at the Frontier Bar in Austin.
In the song’s second verse, Lyric says that the storylines that do exist in mainstream rap glorify ignorance.
“Now, a rapper said you ain’t sh-t unless you push expensive whips. You put 22s on a Honda that is used. You got a lot of debt, you won’t sing the blues. You’d rather turn the radio up and listen to these tunes, that say, ‘Blah, blah, blah …,’” she rhymes.
But Lyric won’t just spend her time on the mic complaining. She’s offering a solution and promises to “feed us the truth.” She promises, “As you follow me. I will lead you to enlightenment.”
Lyric’s a smart woman. She knows her pretty face will help bring attention to her cause. But she also knows that she’s fighting a tough battle.
For emphasis, she repeated one particular line a few times during her impressive set at the Frontier Bar. “Only half of y’all are listening, the rest want to see me twerk,” she said with a lot of sarcasm.
Gotta love her honesty.