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  • Time Out Review of Last of the Great 20th Century Composers

    "Whatever happened to music?" asks a character from the future on the intro skit to Princess Superstar's third album, Last of the Great 20th Century Composers. One possible answer—"it lost it's sense of humor"—could also explain why hip-hop purists are likely to hate this record.

    Princess Superstar is Concetta Kirschner, a self-proclaimed "blonde chick who thought she could ryhme" (from the single "I Hope I Sell a Lot of Records at Christmastime," featuring beats by Prince Paul). And she's right, she can ryhme, and her irreverent and funny rhymes rush out from the madly self- and pop culture-referential Last of the Great at ticker-tape speed. The opening skit lears right into "Do It Like a Robot" (later reprised as a Jon Spencer remix), in which Kirschner goes off at light speed as if oblivious to the muffled bass thump that just barely keeps up: "Let me be candid, I'm pendantic/You might not understand it."

    There's an abundance of guests here, including the aforementioned Spencer and Prince Paul, John Forte and Cypress Hill's Baron Ricks... particular fascination with booty. The two collide on the hilarious "Kool Keith's Ass," which begins with a recording of Kirschner trying to convince the the seriously weird Keith to put his posterior on her record's cover: "I think to see your ass would turn on a lot of women," she says. "It could," Keith says, "but there are other guys who may have bigger asses." She corners him into being the straight man in the discussion before launching another slow, bottom-heavy (naturally) jam with her speeding lyrics: "He lives in L.A./I hate it there/But I got big blond hair/So I'll fit in."

    Princess Superstar is already a superstar among the posteverything, irony-loving hipsters in town, whose approval can often be a warning to avoid at all costs. But her approach is fresh and funny as hell, and the record simply sounds like no others out there.

    — Mike Wolf

    Article reprinted without permission.