Holden Caulfield, Reincarnated as a Raging Chi-Town Femcee


In the rap game, as in high school, the object is to be one of the cool, popular kids. But Death of the Frequent Flyer casts Psalm One as a Catcher in the Rye antihero. The Chicago femcee calls herself “a loner, a rebel, a stoner, a pebble” in “The Nine,” a song named for the bus where the former “chubby girl” named Christalle used to get into fights. The alienated one picked up a pen, and next thing you know she’s a “Chi-sho-nuff-star,” only not everyone knows it yet ’cause she’s still flying standby out of O’Hare. “Next up I’m-a catch me a damn case,” she jests on Flyer‘s standout single “Rap Star,” a dancehall/hip-hop mix with Punjabi vocals. But Psalm’s bottom line comes on the title track, a serpentine tango with bassoon: “I’m not trying to be hot, I am, man/I can melt your nice chain in my hand, man.”