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


Kayla Effner

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.