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Song of the day – 551: Nina B

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Nina B

Another recommendation from Tamsin, this time listed under Favourite two slightly melancholic hip-hop tracks that remind me a bit of Robyn’s ‘With Every Heartbeat’:

She was referring to another (newer) song, but this one (from 2011, oh man I’m shit out of date) works simply fine for me. It ain’t in your face, it’s laden down with those sweet strings you know you just love to have this shit laden down by, it never quite escapes its parameters but that’s fine because that’s where it’s existing, it’s a little bit too upbeat in its praise of being alive for my liking (shit, why be grateful, why do every rapper have to have their own ‘It Was A Good Day’?) but … wait, Nina B was born in the Bronx and raise in Brookyln? She ain’t a rapper, she’s a living comic book character. This song has grace, and charm, and a piano. If only everything had this much grace, and charm, and a piano.

I do wonder whether if I was exposed to this music more often I’d be writing about it nonstop, or be turned off by familiarity. Or whether, if someone else had recommended this to me, i.e. Someone Who Is Not Tamsin (i.e. not a trusted source), that I wouldn’t bother giving it more than a cursory five-second listen. Sure. Probably. (Shrugs.) Does it matter? You’re not even reading these words, are you? Just a visual device to fill in the space between the photograph and the video and make us all feel a fraction more validated. Look how easy it is:

I’m not an expert, but:
Angel Haze
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Sasha Go Hard
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Brianna Perry
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Azealia Banks
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Lady Leshurr

I think you know the answer.

I like the above photo. She’s bubblegum, get it? Not so much heavy on the irony as going with the good. Of course there’s a free mixtape to download.

Here’s the one Tamsin likes. Not sure if I don’t still prefer that:

2 Responses to Song of the day – 551: Nina B

  1. Emma January 15, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Wow! Thanks for the tip, she is very good.

  2. Charley Stone January 17, 2013 at 6:04 am

    V good indeed and I am liking the other links too.

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