Tennessee rapper Brittnee Moore (aka bbymutha) adds another jewel to the crown with her latest EP – left4dead. With 3 songs and under 15 minutes long, it is a compelling journey through the visionary power that fuels bbymutha. Her ethos? As clear as ever: bold, sex-positive, and stress-free. The “part 1” EP is one of the few bite-sized tapes that Moore has been putting out since she announced last summer that she intends to retire. We’re glad she decided not to, for now, although her ambivalence to fame is keeping us on our toes.
The former Miss Cherry Cocaine struck gold when she returned to making music full time 5 years ago. Moore has been successfully mining her surroundings for inspiration since; from ain’t-shit dudes and sleazy women to her hometown Chattanooga and toxic relationships – her music never fails to make it clear that she’d “rather be a villain than a victim”. One that constantly pushes creative boundaries, either through slick lyricism, contagiously high self-esteem, or her nonchalant fashion, bbymutha blossomed into a cult icon. Despite her alias alluding to her identity as a mother of two sets of twins, she denies this (as much as anything else) as the core of her mojo.
left4dead delivers some alien-like harmony with instrumentals that catalyse Moore’s lyrical finesse. Rock Floyd, credited on most of her releases, or Paris Aden, who shapes a new sound of Houston by hijacking genre conventions, are on production duties and help achieve a particular kinesis the Chattanooga rapper has with music. A mighty production by Fly Anakin – who recently stepped out of the shadow and headlined his first international tour – the sheesh battle is a true testimony to the twisted brain that is bbymutha. Once again, Moore’s prowess is beyond doubt as she wreaks havoc to these beats with a perfectly paced flow, and she knows it – “I’m the alchemist, I got the potions”.
Check out left4dead on her Bandcamp.