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 tradition.… 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 tradition.… 2006-07-18 Psalm One Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

The Death of Frequent Flyer (2006)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jul 18, 2006; Lead Performance: Psalm One; Genre: Hip-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 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 Aug 11, 2006 Published in issue #891-892 Aug 18, 2006 Order article reprints