Bbymutha has never been shy about sharing her opinion with her listeners. In fact, the Chattanooga artist has made a habit of addressing her bare emotions and abrupt creative impulses with little distance between herself and her fans. Almost voyeuristic in their intimacy, her songs are brutally honest and aren’t concerned with social niceties or the repercussions of speaking bluntly. This is who she is, and she doesn’t care what anyone else thinks.
Hip-hop has always been viewed primarily from a masculine perspective, but Bbymutha, along with artists like Cupcakke and Saweetie, is making 2018 look like it might be the year when the genre finally stops seeing gender and starts addressing innate ability as the mark of success. Her work is filled with enough swagger and ego to bring skyscrapers down to their foundations. The music doesn’t adhere to some outdated fashion but is wild and experimental in ways that few artists seem to understand, and fewer still can harness.
On her latest mixtape, “Muthaz Day 2,” she doesn’t veer far from the venom and veracity common to her other releases, and there’s really no need to alter her approach. These five songs (well, four songs—the first track is a spoken introduction of sorts) are relatively brief but hold a considerable rhythmic weight. “Genesis” possesses an elastic synth bounce that gives way to an ’80s pop beat that recalls “Mickey” by Toni Basil. She’s less concerned with aligning her instincts with current trends than with allowing her effusive personality to find release in these songs.
Other tracks such as “Lilith” and “Bulma,” with production from Rock Floyd and Crystal Caines, respectively, find her wandering through spacey electronics and a minimalist echo chamber to reveal a unique and affecting hip-hop inspiration. She’s forthright about her intentions, never bowing to the demands of the world around her. Across “Muthaz Day 2,” she finds ways to reconcile the life she has with the life she always wanted. Always espousing truth, even when it’s coated in venom, she doesn’t shy away from confrontation and faces the consequences with fists clenched and verses ready to lacerate.
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