Here's the thing that's always been interesting about staHHr: She's originally from Memphis, Tenn. but raps like she's from the Memphis of antiquity. With rhymes steeped in metaphysics and metaphor — built on everything from ancient mythology to veganism — she crafts her own cosmos. It's highly-cultivated, intelligent hip-hop. But staHHr drops science with a spoonful of raw sugar on her new LP, Mother Nature With a Molotov: Molotov Season, released today via Bandcamp.
Though she's a vet of Atlanta's underground scene, there's a new urgency and freshness to staHHr on Molotov Season. She sounds more confident and seasoned, like she's found that perfect balance between her razor sharp delivery and a smooth, effortless flow. Her personal growth is evident throughout the LP, which has finally come to fruition after the release of the first single, "Unbreakable," over a year ago. If that early preview caught fans by surprise, it was because it was a very personal, heartfelt song from an emcee known for spitting that hardcore. But in her vulnerability, staHHr showed more strength and dimension than ever before. And from the sounds of it, she took her time to construct an album that follows suit.
The expansion is evident in her list of killer collaborations, from the likes of Ekundayo, Boog Brown, Del, and C Rayz Walz. And with dope beat selection from producers such as Astronote (France), Lex Boogie (Bronx), Fonetik Simbol (Iceland), and Atlanta's own Floyd tha Locsmif, she pulls off something few so-called conscious emcees can nowadays: an accessible album that commands heads to nod even as she compels them to think.
Stream/download: staHHr's Mother Nature With a Molotov: Molotov Season. Her official album release party isn't scheduled yet, but staHHr is scheduled to host and perform at Morris Brown this Sat., April 28 as part of HABESHA'S Black to Our Roots fundraiser. See fliers below the jump:
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