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Oct 9 / Prinza

THE DROP – Ms. Dynamite’s international reintroduction

Back in 2003, I thought that I had discovered a new favorite emcee. Tired of my diet at the time of G-Unit, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes and Nelly, I wanted something different, something that was still pop, but trended a little bit deeper than that. In those searches I discovered underground acts like Atmosphere, whose “Trying to Find a Balance” is STILL a favorite, and as well, there were acts like the topic of this piece, the now resurgent but then brand new Ms. Dynamite. Her debut album, ironically titled A Little Deeper was discovered because MTV had started playing the video for her UK top ten single “It Takes More,” a poppy and up tempo rap tune dealing specifically with Dynamite’s desire to be a woman of substance when looking for a prospective mate. The stutter-step sample and Dynamite’s garage-lite sing song vocals had me hooked, and I became a major fan.

“ I then heard DJ Zinc’s “Wile Out” earlier this year, and yes, much to my surprise, there was a familiar voice on the track. It was indeed Ms. Dynamite…”

Of course her stardom across the pond was short lived, as due to a decision to explore parenthood, a dust up with a British police officer, and a lack of true label support of her 2005 follow up release, Dynamite virtually disappeared. I then heard DJ Zinc’s “Wile Out” earlier this year, and yes, much to my surprise, there was a familiar voice on the track. It was indeed Ms. Dynamite, a return to her heavier roots as a garage and grime emcee, her trademark sing song delivery now a million times more party ready and pop trending for a brand new generation. The bass heavy UK funky deviation “crack house” track a definite home for her very mainstream friendly style.

Ms. Dynamite’s career resurgence in 2010 dovetails beautifully with the dub and big room trance mashup of the soon to be released album of Magnetic Man project of dubstep veterans Skream, Benga and Artwork. The project’s is important in being the most pop leaning and overtly mainstream look for dubstep that doesn’t have the alienating feel of ironically Skream’s latest or Rusko’s breakthrough instant classic album. Ms. Dynamite’s “Fire” on the album shows her move to a reggae inspired ragamuffin flow, a move that given her background and populist appeal works, as she is the lone female vocalist of the mainstreaming of dubstep push who can pull it off. The heavy classic dub influence in dubstep is the most important part of the introduction of dubstep to the population at large, alongside accessible female vocals. These are two influences that many can identify and know well enough to feel comfort in rocking with.


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