Music: Saweetie’s “Icy” Is Lacking, But The Up-And-Coming Rapper Still Has Potential

If you keep up with mainstream hip-hop, there’s probably a good chance that you’ve heard of Saweetie. The 21-year-old California-native, whose real name is Diamonté Harper, blew up during the summer of 2017 with the release of her hit single, “Icy Girl.”

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Her smooth flow and vibrant lyrics instantly attracted the attention of the masses, landing her a deal with Warner Bros. Records. Since then, she has gone on to garner even more attention due to her very public relationship with Migos member, Quavo. Saweetie’s name is buzzing once again due to the release of her EP, “Icy.”

Beautiful, full-of-life, and well-known with almost 2 million Instagram followers, it may seem like Saweetie will be the next female rapper to dominate the industry. However, since the release of her newest project, the rapper’s lyrical abilities have been doubted heavily, with her as the butt of many jokes.

 

Quite different from the praise she received from her first major work, it seems that listeners aren’t impressed by the up-and-coming artist.

 

Despite the criticism from the naysayers, I took it upon myself to listen to Saweetie’s “Icy” from beginning to end. While it was not the most impressive thing I’ve heard as of late, Saweetie shouldn’t be written off just yet.

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The album begins with “Trick,” a hypnotic and upbeat song where Saweetie flexes her wealth and access to many eligible suitors. The beat is unbelievably catchy, but the rapstress fails to deliver lyrically. Saweetie does little to distinguish herself from the many other female rappers who allude to the same themes, not to mention that the track lacks creative puns, thoughtful metaphors, and clever wordplay. However, what she does do well is bring a refreshing amount of energy to the song, making it a worthwhile listen if you don’t focus too hard on the lyrics.

Moving on, we have “Tip Toes,” with a feature from her boyfriend, Quavo. The song includes the characteristic Migos-type ad-libs, which sound great coming from Quavo, but cartoonish coming from Saweetie. Her timing is off, making for a rough start at the beginning of the song. Nonetheless, she manages to make up for it by the end. Much like the previous track, her lyrics are subpar, which are made slightly worse due to her off-beat rapping.

Pretty much every song on the EP follows the same artistic style and format. Saweetie has a unique voice, unlike any other woman in the industry. However, this is both a good and bad thing. She does well when she has the chance to emphasize the smooth-sounding tone of her voice, like in “Tip Toes” or “Dipped in Ice,” but sounds absolutely terrible when she tries to sound loud and forceful. This makes her songs like “My Type” sound off-putting, like a chihuahua is barking at you. Saweetie tries to embody the spirit of artists like City Girls or Cardi B. When, in fact, her voice is really better suited to the style of someone like Lauryn Hill.

 

 

“Icy” includes seven songs. The best (in my opinion) being “Dipped in Ice”, “Hot Boy”, and “1 of 1”. What sets these three songs apart from the rest is the ease in which Saweetie rides the beat. She doesn’t try too hard to implement fake bravado or be over-the-top. Each song has an alluring beat, made even better by Saweetie’s honey-sounding voice.

Still, however, her greatest downfall is her lack of originality. Her content is nothing new or impressive. It seems like every female rapper these days only talks about how they use men for money, how good their pu*** is, or how many luxury items they have — and all of these themes are played out. While money, sex, and materialistic things have always been at the forefront of hip-hop, Saweetie doesn’t implement these motifs in any revolutionary way (compared to an artist like Rico Nasty, who is extremely creative with the types of sounds she produces, as well as always clever with her wordplay).

I can say, however, that Saweetie has a good team behind her. Her cover art is impeccable. The production value of her album is top-notch (speaking only in terms of sound quality). Despite the harsh criticism she faces, she manages to consistently generate buzz and attract more fans. While not the most lyrical or creative rapper in the game, Saweetie has a lot of potential.

She is extremely marketable (thanks to her good looks and stunning personality). The young lady has aligned herself with a few big names in the industry. I don’t believe she deserves the highest praises, but I also don’t think she deserves to be ridiculed. It is clear that she at least attempts to take pride in her craft and she does have a few catchy hits. Saweetie isn’t the best, but she’s definitely not the worst. We need to give her time to grow and evolve before completely counting her out.

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