Taste Test

This new all-female Youth Movement comp -- once again collecting young, as-yet-unproven Bay Area talent -- combines girl power slogans with girl angst, with an emphasis on the latter: Apparently, when a young woman gets on the mic, she's more inclined to purge her insecurities than front like a mack daddy. Thus, once you peel back Taste Test's veneer of hip-hop pretense -- self-consciously cool raps delivered in Alicia Keys-style ghetto accents -- you'll get sweet, painfully sincere ballads like Kara's "Scared of Love" and KAMILyn's tomboy anthem "Das Me." There are a few creepy moments wherein the emcees revisit old clichés of hip-hop sexiness ("Bust It" has a line about stripping down and being The whip cream on your hot chocolate/Let you lick it all up and then I'll hop on it), but that turns out to be satirical, and the overall message here is that sex should be about connection, not conquest. With minimal fronting and flossing, these young women mostly desire equality in their relationships, and when they can't find it, they impose it.


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