Kreayshawn gets some lady love at Slim's

Kreayshawn and Lil Debbie are all, "what's up ladies?"

It was just fine, really. Oakland-bred rapper Kreayshawn's big, sold-out show at Slim's last night was amusing, mildly enjoyable, and packed with good people watching. Rapping over prerecorded beats, elfin Kreayshawn and her Chipmunks White Girl Mob (V-Nasty and Lil Debbie) ran through what I suspect is the gamut of their songs in a brief, hyper set.

This likely ages me, but if I'm being honest, I don't totally get the appeal after seeing it live. Sure, “Gucci Gucci” and “Rich Whores” are fun romps through anti-consumerist hipsterdom, and, perhaps conversely, the rapper clearly has a unique aesthetic, but other than that, it felt almost false, even silly -- and unsustainable.

For the first few tracks last night, Kreayshawn and Lil Debbie monster-walked back and forth across the stage in non-choreographed unison, casually shouting duel lyrics and yet somehow still revving up the crowd of mostly young women. This is another aspect about Kreayshawn that's at least interesting – her followers. They dress like her in a pop culture mishmash of '80s ripped punk, horn-rimmed glasses, and door-knocker earrings. Maybe I'm just seeing the ripped up shirts/shorts as reverential to punk because Kreayshawn's mom was there last night – the very awesome Elka Zolot of the Trashwomen.

After a prerecorded “V-Nasty!” screamed through the speakers,  Kreayshawn was all, “what's that? A special guest?” and V-Nasty, who has been at the center of her own controversies, bounded out and rapped with the others. And then there were three; similarly paced, mousy high-pitched voices stalking across stage. It must have been an intense night, she earlier tweeted “Doing home shows are hella stressful.”

However I might feel about the quality of music, as mentioned above, it is pretty cool to see teen girls and 20-somethings adopting this attitude of “fuck you” and aping Kreayshawn's style of dress. They clearly adore her and were screaming along with every song. One climbed up on someone's shoulders and whipped her shirt over her head. At least they're not being submissive; I was jostled hard by a number of excited young people in light-up glasses throughout the night.

Who knows if Kreayshawn will stand the test of time. A nominee for "best new artist," it was announced yesterday that she'll be hosting the 2011 VMA Red Carpet Report for, so that's something. In some ways, I can see the early Madonna factor – sidenote: both have now rocked fishnets half-shirts –  if only based on the fans' obvious obsession with this peculiar new pop culture figure. She could also go the way of so much niche hip-hop before her and disappear after the Next Big Thing. No more swag.

She's definitely inspired an onslaught of parody videos, including these food-themed takes on "Gucci Gucci":

Pizza Pizza:

Fishy Fishy:





Normally I would applaud a catchy record that satirizes status seeking, and especially hip-hop’s fascination with high-fashion brands. The problem is that Kreayshawn’s targets aren’t rich rappers, they’re the poor who are taken in and taken advantage of by the rap world’s tireless product placement. In other words, she’s a snob whose putdown of “basic bitches” is as heartless as the comments on the poor you hear at Tea Party rallies. Maybe she should get a gig on Fox News.

Please, she is NO Madonna. Actually, Madonna had talent. She could sing live and dance!!!!

Posted by Lili on Aug. 26, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

Lili, do your research. Kreayshawn said in an interview that a basic bitch is someone who lets those brands define them. She's advocating being yourself, as opposed to wearing what you're told you should want to wear. Your argument is such a stretch and you clearly don't know much about Kreayshawn or what her music is about.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 27, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

LOL damn, you on Kreayshawns street team? Get over it. She fucking sucks and smokes too much weed.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 03, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

Everyone needs to stop hatin' Do your thang girl! Fck the rest!

Posted by Guest on Aug. 27, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

so disappointed she didnt win! i love Kreayshawn, and she definitely puts on a great performance.. did you guys see this live version of Gucci Gucci in NY?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 06, 2011 @ 4:44 am

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