12 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After growing up in Central Florida (where she worked as a character at Disney World), Nitty Scott recently moved to New York and blew up on the Internet with her viral freestyle video "Monster." Several free releases followed, including The Cassette Chronicles and Doobies x Popsicles, leading up to this, her first proper album. Despite her young age (she was born in 1990), she's clearly influenced by old-school legends like Roxanne Shanté and MC Lyte, with a quick-tongued delivery and brash bravado, taking to task one-dimensional rappers more concerned with money and dance moves than actual soul and lyrical dexterity. There are a few guest features here (Kendrick Lamar, Action Bronson, and The Kid Daytona, among others), but for the most part it's all Nitty, and it's all good. From the jazz-inflected, on-the-road narrative of "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" to the harp-laced, laid-back vibe of "Flower Child" and the absurdly funked-out headnodder "Auntie Maria's Crib (Remix)," this is undoubtedly one of the year's most impressive albums. Look for homegirl to be very big very soon.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After growing up in Central Florida (where she worked as a character at Disney World), Nitty Scott recently moved to New York and blew up on the Internet with her viral freestyle video "Monster." Several free releases followed, including The Cassette Chronicles and Doobies x Popsicles, leading up to this, her first proper album. Despite her young age (she was born in 1990), she's clearly influenced by old-school legends like Roxanne Shanté and MC Lyte, with a quick-tongued delivery and brash bravado, taking to task one-dimensional rappers more concerned with money and dance moves than actual soul and lyrical dexterity. There are a few guest features here (Kendrick Lamar, Action Bronson, and The Kid Daytona, among others), but for the most part it's all Nitty, and it's all good. From the jazz-inflected, on-the-road narrative of "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" to the harp-laced, laid-back vibe of "Flower Child" and the absurdly funked-out headnodder "Auntie Maria's Crib (Remix)," this is undoubtedly one of the year's most impressive albums. Look for homegirl to be very big very soon.

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About Nitty Scott, MC

Sweet-voiced female rapper Nitty Scott, MC was Michigan-born and Florida-raised before moving to Brooklyn at the age of 17, during her senior year at art school. Through social networking, she generated an online buzz for her freestyles, and garnered even more praise in 2011 when she uploaded a mixtape titled The Cassette Chronicles, a prelude to her Boombox Diaries, Vol. 1 EP, which was scheduled for release that summer. ~ Jason Lymangrover

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