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The Death of Frequent Flyer Kanye West and Common gave Chicago its rep as a breeding ground for innovative rap. Cristalle Bowen — a.k.a. Psalm One — furthers the...The Death of Frequent FlyerHip-Hop/Rap Kanye West and Common gave Chicago its rep as a breeding ground for innovative rap. Cristalle Bowen — a.k.a. Psalm One — furthers the...2006-08-11
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The Death of Frequent Flyer

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap; Lead Performer: Psalm One; Producer (group): Rhymesayers; Status: In Season

Kanye West and Common gave Chicago its rep as a breeding ground for innovative rap. Cristalle Bowen — a.k.a. Psalm One — furthers the tradition. Like her predecessors, she leavens street swagger with vulnerability, delivering gunshot-free boasts and stories that go beyond true-crime narratives — like a touching, conflicted meditation on childhood hard knocks where she declares herself ”A loner/A rebel/A stoner/A pebble.” Some tracks on The Death of Frequent Flyer invoke her hometown’s blues tradition or its Latino and Indian communities; all of them, even when the rhymes slacken, showcase an MC worth rooting for.

Originally posted August 11 2006 — 12:00 AM EDT

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