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March 18, 2021

Fasman’s Finds – Shawna

Fasman’s Finds is our column from Rebecca Fasman (intrepid record nerd, DJ, and curator at the Kinsey Institute) in which she shares what she’s listening to and why. 

Here are two things I love: hip hop and award shows. I am deeply invested in the former, and unbelievably embarrassed by the latter. But there I was, watching the Grammy’s, which were oddly not a complete train wreck like usual, and almost crying with joy when Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B performed together. I spent the next few days listening to some of my most favorite women rappers (and also occasionally thinking/laughing about Ben Shapiro committing the biggest and most hilarious self-own when he said that he thinks a WAP would constitute a medical condition). 

I want to highlight a gem from Shawnna, a Chicago MC who was signed to Ludacris’ label and put out her album Block Music in 2006. Her most well-known song is “Gettin’ Some”, which you can listen to below, but I also highly recommend “Hit the Back/Slide In”. And, while we’re talking recommendations, it’s always a good time to revisit Gangsta Boo, Trina, MC Lyte, Remy Ma, Khia, Foxy Brown, Lil’ Kim, and all the other talented women who paved the way for Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B to make the world a better, wetter place. 

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March 18, 2021

The B-Side: Polythene

Do ya’ll remember optimism? Seems like a weird question, but after the year we’ve all had a valid one. Well Polythene does, and it’s a good thing because they’ve focused that optimism into an catchy little piece of upbeat pop leaning indie rock that sonically harkens back to the carefree days of the late 90’s / early aughts. The real trick though is that the positivity radiates so brightly in a song listing the struggles of life during Covid. People have been wondering what kind of art would be produced from this time, but I doubt anyone had a windows-down-cruising-through-the-neighborhood bop like this one. Let your curiosity give it a first spin, and then let the hooks bring you back for repeat plays.

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