I found out about Sammus while scrolling through Tumblr, her song “1080P” was a perfect introduction to her brand of black feminist nerd rapping. Now She has a new full-length project out called Pieces In Space. With a ton of nerdy references, cereal name drops, and some dope content it turned out well.
The whole album slides through so many topics in 12 tracks, it's impressive. From internet comment culture, representation, sex in a way that you probably have not heard before, therapy, depression, and anxiety. The songs that caught my attention the most from the album were “100 Percent,” “Song About Sex,” “Headliner,” the updated version of “1080P” and “Genius.”
The first song, “100 Percent,” has a dope vocal chop. Sammus attacks the beat sounding like a boom-bap version of Meek Mill. Talking about how other rappers are so generic and boring. “Headliner” sounds like something that Santigold could have made, especially the post chorus section. From the first time I heard “1080P” I loved it. While I enjoyed this updated version, I’m partial to the original. “Genius” was a pretty interesting look into some of the people that have influenced Sammus. Kanye West, Uncle Phil, Eddie Murphy, Serena and Venus Williams, and Lupita Nyong’o.
The only problem I had with the album was the mixing on the chorus vocals. Some strange post effects sometimes cause some vocals to sound impermanent, while others are overly present in comparison. The verses on the other hand are almost always perfect,”Nighttime” is the only exception in that Sammus’ voice sounds weirdly distorted.
The album on the whole is decent, there are some clear standouts and some others that I almost immediately forgot.
by Addison Garry (@addisonagarry)