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Monday, Sept. 20, 2010

Raspberry Jesus (Hyperdrive Motivator)

After a WMSE-born EP with The Eric Mire Band last year, Milwaukee rapper Melissa Czarnik properly follows up her 2008 studio debut, Strawberry Cadillac, with an even more assured effort that keeps up the fruit-related titular theme. Mire's production on Raspberry Jesus combines synthetic hip-hop...
Friday, Oct. 10, 2008

Strawberry Cadillac (Hyperdrive Motivator)

  Poetry slams and rap battles: The former led to the latter for Milwaukee's Melissa Czarnik. A listen to her StrawberryCadillac debut makes it clear how that evolution came about. Though alt-soul ladies such as Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott are easy enough to hear as influences, so are Ani DiFranco (complex, feminist folk) and Edith Piaf (torchy cabaret).

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