Mz Kiss ticks a number of good boxes in her quest to generate enough momentum to burst through the lower cadres of Nigerian mainstream and burst through to pop profits.
Extended Play – “Street On The Loose”
Artiste – Mz Kiss
Record Label – Capital Hill Music (2016)
Duration – 22 minutes
Last year, Capital Hill Music made a mild splash with the signing of Mz Kiss. Young, relatively unknown and with very little knowledge in mainstream media, her signing made it to the footnotes of just a couple of mainstream media houses. The singer has since set herself to work, creating her way, paying her dues and snagging decent collaborations.
The opportunity for Mz Kiss to dominate is glaring. Nigeria, for all her romance with indigenous-cooked rappers, still lacks a female powerhouse MC who embraces the genre and gets paid by it. You can look the way of Tipsy Araga, but she has spent years watching the throne and speculating, but not advancing publicly towards it. What Mz Kiss offers is energy and wordplay to rival her male counterparts, and that is finely woven all through her first EP “Street On The Loose”. Off the mic, she mixes well, brands well, and performs like a lady on a mission.
Opener ‘Last year’ and its solemn guitar accompaniment has the singer weaving through her reflections as an upcoming act while creating a situation where music becomes more than just a means to a financial end. She inspires herself in the third person, refers to her start last year, and makes aspirational affirmations. And she goes further to show her tools to achieve this on ‘Iyalaya anybody’, where she batters the mic with the crudely satisfying obscenities from her lovely hoods in the mainland. Credibility is what this track is all about.
Riding on the sample of Beyonce’s ‘Run the world (Girls)’ uber-feminist classic, she taps into that spirit as she goes into over drive, conjuring fierce images of dominance and leadership on ‘Sole’. There’s another sample of Drake’s ‘Worst behaviour’ is pretty much rinse and repeat of the dominance-through-fierce theme ‘Sitting on the throne’ . But in-between this claims, she finds a spot for a higher power to fuel her game. ‘Jesu oh’ has her looking above for some providence before haters get the stick on the Trap-hammered ‘Enemy of Progress’.
Mz Kiss ticks a number of good boxes in her quest to generate enough momentum to burst through the lower cadres of Nigerian mainstream and burst through to pop profits. “Street on the loose” EP lacks the cohesiveness of an EP but comes through as a fairly decent mixtape containing a compilation of tracks to showcase her strengths.
Her time will come…
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