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Holden Caulfield, Reincarnated as a Raging Chi-Town Femcee

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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.”

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