Have you heard about Faith Boogie, wunderkind of hip-hop? This 14-year-old doesn’t rely on cuteness (a la Kris Kross) or South Parkian cognitive dissonance (a la Lil Bow Wow). She has a killer flow, plus she does her own engineering, if not yet full production (according to music (for robots), which is where I heard of her). I especially love that swoopy line of Chinese fiddle on Hey Hey Shortie — I’m a sucker for world music samples — but I like all three tracks, and I think this ninth-grader (!) has a serious future.
Oh, but don’t look for the album, ’cause there ain’t one yet.