She's definitely got a gob on her this one and it's with this, her second album, that New York-based Princess Superstar has come up with her freshest opus yet.
Growing up in American with a Sicilian-American mother and Russian-Polish-Jewish father, Superstar is not your average rapper, and with this album she attacks fresh subject matter head on. No messing. With dynamite lyrics that explode then twist into taut, snappy rhymes, it's no wonder that Superstar has manged, for this record, to pull in an A-list cast of collaborators. Check Kool Keith, The High & Mighty, Herbaliser, J-Zone, Bahamadia, Beth Orton and Company Flow's Mr. Len to name a few. It's Keith that features on the first single 'Keith N'Me', a mellifluous duet where PS and KK try to out-rude each other. "I've got my shorts on, and I'm taking 'em off," threatens Keith in the chorus before Superstar retorts "I'm kinkier than public hair", giving KK more than a fair run for his money. Superstar's sassy, sleazy, street-wise humour is a driving force in the album. She's smart and sexy, obviously, but her lyrics are so funny that it's tempting just to print them out and have done with it. In the scandalous 'Bad Babysitter' (feat High & Mighty) Superstar's hilarious diatribe is enough to give even the most chilled out parents the fear as she threatens her charge then says she's "gonna sit on the couch and masturbate". Too much. It's this kind of ultra-fresh subject matter that makes Superstar's music so instantly accessible. In 'Trouble' she disses the saccharine Britney Spears saying "she'll be gone by next week", while in 'Panache' she let us know, in true ego-drenched hip hop stylee, that she's a "real bad ass". Superstar's voice is so sultry and smooth that hearing her sing about foreplay and sex in "Wet! Wet! Wet!" packs more X-rated punches than all of hip hop's foul-mouthed, bad bwoys put together. In the topically titled 'You Get Mad At Napster' she bigs herself up again, declaring "all my tracks are hot". She's not wrong either. Superstar's larger than life persona just bursts out of her music. In 'Untouchable Part 1 (feat 7even)' her lyrics leave you punch drunk: "Let's fuck, you pick the position," she demands. Meanwhile, 'Untouchable Part 2' (feat Beth Orton) is a smooth and funky introspective number, proving this superstar's no one-trick pony.
In an album that's definable by its wit and poignancy, it's hardly surprising that Superstar precedes any critical analysis that might be drawn regarding her music, "Everyone tells me I'm the female Eminem," she quips in 'Welcome To My World' a song she dedicates to her mum and dad, proving that she can play it sweet too.
Exciting and innovative, this is an album that injects a fresh force into rap music. About time too.