Calgary rapper Sinzere’s Blackout EP opens with a Malcolm X speech, and the tracks that follow see her attacking power structures with the same fury as the legendary activist. There are many prominent rappers touching upon systemic racism, but none of them do so quite as bluntly and succinctly as Sinzere. She backs up her arguments with poetically worded historical tales, juxtaposing them with confident boasts, and does it all with calm and collected poise.
By Ben Boddez
The Italian Eurovision champs’ first majority-English album is full of roaring solos, raspy vocals, and delightful sleaze.