Rapper Ladi Miz Drops Powerful Vocals To Celebrate “Brown Skin”
Written by L. Burner on 21 November 2020
Did Ladi Miz just kick the most profound female to female verse ever spit in Hip Hop? We can’t underestimate the impact of the cautionary tales Lauryn Hill spit on tracks like “Doo Wop” or the confirmation of “A Rose is Still A Rose.” And all hail the Queen (Latifah) for the groundbreaking and deeply empowering message of U.N.I.T.Y!
Each of these songs illustrates a particular scenario such as the catcalling and disrespect women receive simply walking down the street. Another common theme these type of songs mention is being used and scorned, romantically.
These are all important and admirable topics for socially conscious artists to address. This is especially true of females, who serve as role models to young girls, whether they choose to or not. But what makes “Brown Skin” by Ladi Miz the quintessential anthem is that it does not seek to simply spin a modern day tale. “Brown Skin” runs down a poignant, thorough and comprehensive history of the Black Woman’s plight from the time we were stolen from the Motherland…and that’s just the first verse. The fact that the beautiful and melodic hook also affirms the love and pride we should possess regarding our melanin is almost the icing on the lyrical cake….or maybe is it the other way around. The song also brings thot culture into question; a move that challenges the status quo, a courageous and much needed one.
This native New Yorker has, no doubt, seen it all, yet she was still reluctant to go against the grain. “I was kind of worried about releasing this song because that’s not the culture right now. I didn’t think anyone wanted to hear it.” We’re glad she did. “Brown Skin” is wise, profound and infectious and it feeds the soul. We thank you, Ladi Miz, for bringing back the conscious female rapper! Well done, queen!
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