There are a lot of interesting hybrid elements floating around the hip-hop spectrum right now, and for a prime example of these eclectic components being amalgamated in a single sound, look no further than Las Vegas, Nevada’s Rockie Brown, and specifically her new single and music video “Soul Sister Retribution.” While “Soul Sister Retribution” is admittedly a pretty experimental pop effort more than it is an exercise in traditional rap aesthetics, it undisputedly embodies the freeform style of melodicism that modern hip-hop is embracing as much more than just a fleeting phase. Brown puts her own unique stamp on a trending style of play here, and if you haven’t already taken a look and a listen, I’d recommend doing so the next time you’re in the market for new tunes.
Despite the minimalist themes that “Soul Sister Retribution” wears on its sleeve with pride (in both its music video and standard single forms), the lush instrumentation – starting with the punishingly loud drumbeat at the top of the mix – salvages the loose ends and ties everything together with an aggressive, rock n’ roll-style intensity. The framework of this track is versatile and would likely go over well with the college radio crowd and more ardent indie enthusiasts alike, and even though the mix might have a little more oomph than it needs in the climax, there’s nothing here that would imply Rockie Brown doesn’t know exactly what she’s doing inside the studio. She’s determined to roll with the pros in “Soul Sister Retribution,” and her moxie is indeed very refreshing to hear.
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