Randy McDonald (rfmcdpei) wrote,
Randy McDonald

[MUSIC] Zebra Katz ft. Njena Reddd Foxxx, "Ima Read"

The sheer rhythmic intensity of New York city queer rapper Zebra Katz's single "Ima Read", reinforced by guest vocalist Njena Reddd Foxxx, is awesome.

The lyrics are here, at rapgenius.com.

What The Guardian's Paul Lester says about the song.

Zebra Katz, a 25-year-old former catering manager from New York, looks set to be the first break-out star of "queer rap", with his single Ima Read. Although Katz, the alias of Ojay Morgan, studied Shakespeare during a year in London as part of his course, Ima Read isn't actually a pro-literature anthem. It's about "reading": urban slang for letting someone have it, verbally, preferably in public. Katz, who does sound catty – albeit via a deep, dark baritone – is joined on the single by a female rapper, Njena Reddd Foxxx. Her presence serves to heighten the intensity of the impending diss and prove that, despite the prolific use in the lyric of the term "bitch", Katz, as he pointed out recently, isn't "trying to be a misogynist" – anyone can be a bitch, be they black, white, male, female, whatever.

"Impending" is the operative word here, because actually the diss never comes. Ima Read is all about implied threat and the sense of menace you get from a slow, crawling buildup to annihilation. Over a super-minimal backing that makes Clipse sound like Muse and allows every clipped consonant to be heard, Katz and Foxxx simply pile on the pressure as they recite a litany of warnings. Only once do they detail what that read will involve, which includes chopping, dicing, slicing and icing him/her/it. Apart from that, it's all talk. And they never say what said bitch has done to deserve the slaughter, although – so impressively do they contrive their warning via a series of education metaphors – one can only wonder in awe at how brutal it might be. That said, there would appear to be some metaphor mixing going on. Early in the track they're at school issuing threats about the read that will take place during "first and second periods"; by the end, they've moved to higher education and even a publishing house, rhyming "cohesive" and "thesis" and threatening to "proof-read that bitch".
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