When you think of contemporary music, immediately a face comes to mind. That of FKA Twigs, the 21st century’s first truly great female rapper and, arguably, 2017’s most in-demand performer. Or perhaps the name Frank Ocean. Or perhaps the face of the late Amy Winehouse. Or maybe the name Kate Bush. You get the idea. These females have transcended decades and come into their own outside of their music; carving out a niche for themselves in fashion, lifestyle, and, yes, even comedy.
Alongside them are a host of other household names, whose faces might be a little less familiar. Names such as Beyoncé, Adele, Lady Gaga, and more recently, Christine Aguilera and Cardi B. These women have carved out similar niches for themselves, influencing fashion and music, and even comedy, most notably. Comedienne and fashion icon Iman Mersiwele. Fashion influencers Martha Hunt and Kristina Lanzetta. And let’s not forget about the late great Chris Rock, who had a successful stand-up career before transitioning to films. He often joked about his rap album being his ‘comeback’ record.
If these women are known for anything, it’s for their music. And what a music it is! With each new album, they continue to grow and experiment, pushing the boundaries of what a rap song can be. On the surface, their music might appear to be similar — repetitive chants aimed at sounding cool and tough — but beyond that, everything is different. Some songs are serious, some are comical, some are ballads, some are up-tempo, some are even skits!
It’s this experimentalism that has endeared them to fans. The music is always changing and evolving, with each new album serving as a unique snapshot of their growth as artists. Moreover, unlike many other recording artists, these women have always been completely hands-on. They write, produce, and perform every song on their albums. This not only helps inform the uniqueness of each song, but it also allows the listener to truly absorb and experience each one as it was meant to be heard.
A Force To Be Reckoned With
So great is the demand for FKA Twigs’ music that she has been able to sell out huge concert venues all over the world. She opened the 2017 Billboard Music Awards with a performance that was close to two hours long. The show was watched by over 3.7 million people and received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Her second album, Femme Fatale, became her best-selling and most critically acclaimed album to date. It was also the first album to ever appear on both the Billboard Top Albums and Top 200 charts, a rare feat for a hip-hop artist.
The album served as a summation of what FKA Twigs is all about. It’s brimming with hits, from the chart-toppers, “Sober,” and “Trouble,” to the fan favorites, “Million Peso Problem” and the Kanye West and Jay-Z collaboration, “No Church in the Wild.” All of which helped the album sell over 500,000 copies in its first week of release. The album’s influence and sales momentum only continue with its upcoming third album, Dirty Sprite.
A True Original
“FKA Twigs is one of the most unique and original rappers working today.” So says Complex magazine. Noted for her quick wits and deadpan humor, the rapper has carved out a special place in pop culture with her unique brand of humor and quick-witted lyrics. Her unique voice and style have made her something of a pop culture phenom, with her face appearing on magazine covers and in film and TV adverts, alike. She’s graced the covers of Vogue and Cosmo, and appeared in cult comedy series, Night School and the feature film, Night Schooler.
With her unique voice and style, it’s no wonder that people have taken notice. She has legions of fans across the world who have followed her journey from rapping battles in the backroom of a London recording studio to becoming one of music’s most interesting and vibrant new voices. In 2020 alone, she’s set to appear on the big screens of a number of Hollywood blockbusters, including the hotly-anticipated Terminator: Rise of the Machines. She’s also set to star in the upcoming comedy, I’m Your Girl.
These are exciting times for FKA Twigs. The groundbreaking singer, songwriter, and rapper is at the forefront of a new generation of artists who are shaking up the music world. With each new album, she continues to prove that women can rap just as hard as the men. And what an impact she’s going to have. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this exciting new voice.