Santigold: Master of My Make-Believe

    Though critics once tried to peg Santigold as an R&B “rapper,” she has been more accurately praised as a nonconformist — somebody who spans genres and uncharted territory with a diverse use of styles and instruments. 

    This, of course, was after her debut in 2008, and the state of music has gone through many unexpected changes since then. Santi addresses these changes on Master of My Make-Believe, displaying her ability to remain fascinating and innovative in the face of a changing cultural climate.

    Case in point: “Look At These Hoes” begins with fierce rapping akin to Nicki Minaj, stereotypical cash register noises, and of course, calling females ‘hoes’ — all of which put mainstream pop and rap music on blast while ironically sounding just like it. “Freak Like Me” also could be the down and dirty dance anthem of Summer 2012 with its grinding tempo and repetitive chorus.

    “Disparate Youth”, the second single of the record, starts with staccato beats over speedy drum and bass, and a layering of quick guitar riffs and subdued vocals delivering mellow ‘ohh ahhs.’ This track stands out as a revolutionary song inspired by worldwide riots and the uprisings gripping youths in many countries and throughout the Internet.

    In general, Master of My Make Believe has a more serious and solemn tone than her fun debut, but this has prevented Santigold from getting left behind by mainstream copy-cat acts. Though she might currently be on tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Santigold is always throwing us curveballs and keeping us curious, but more importantly, marching to the beat of her own mantra. (7/10)

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