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A seamless transition between genres | “Only Child” – Tierra Whack

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Tierra Whack, who has been described as “a true hip-hop original,” debuted in May with her audiovisual projectWhack World.” The mixed-genre project consists of 15 one-minute tracks with an eccentric video component accompanying each. Since releasing “Whack World,” Whack has toured with 6lack, signed a deal with Interscope Records, and been nominated for a Grammy.

Fans and critics enthused over her unique sound and format but were left thirsting for more by her short-winded sound. On February 19th, the release of her song “Only Child” marked a couple of firsts. Not only is this only child call-out her first release since Whack World, its her first full-length song to date.

“Only Child” is a more fleshed-out display of Whack’s ability to seamlessly transition between genres and vocal styles. Her rap verse came somewhat unexpectedly after singing the hook over a light, lofty melody. She sticks to her theme of criticizing selfishness and lack of genuine behavior, singing, “Every move you make, man I swear it seems suspicious. Lying through your teeth so I don’t rush to give you kisses.”

Just hours after the song was released, fans and fellow artists stormed social media to praise Whack. Music-lovers are excited by the promise “Only Child” has given and are looking forward to hearing more full-length work in the future.

 

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Kayla Effner, Author
In addition to studying journalism at MSU, Kayla volunteers for Impact as a part of Street Team and Content Team. Growing up in the Lansing area, Kayla has listened to the station for years and decided to become a part of it when she came to MSU. As a part of the Impact community, she hopes to share her passion, meet like-minded people and discover new things. Kayla hopes her experience at Impact will lead into a career that intersects her love for writing and music.

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