Coming with a fury unmatched by other female emcees, Midwest Hip Hop typhoon Bates is back with her new single Whole Thing. The first track from her highly anticipated summer album Strange Woman, Whole Thing is a burst of creative energy; highlighting the versatility of her flow and her innate ability to go for the jugular with every bar.
Hailing from St. Louis, MO, Bates rose to fame after navigating her way through the indie music scene for years and being award ‘Best Female Artist of The Year’ at the 2015 St. Louis Underground Music Festiva (SLUMFest). In 2016, Bates’ swept the local music celebration, winning ‘Best Video’ for her visual Tell Jesus, ‘Best Female Hip-Hop Artist’ and became the first woman to take home ‘Artist of the Year’ in its ceremonial history. This flood of affirmation led to the success of her 2016 album For Colored Folk, described by The Riverfront Times newspaper as “a navigation through spiritual, social and political minefields — a crossroads of intersectional issues that she attacks head-on while aiming straight for the gut.”
Produced by Kay GW, Whole Thing is the epitome of lyrical sensation; tapping into Bates’ deep, emotional flow and reality base, conscious lyricism. The first single from her upcoming album Strange Woman, Whole Thing continues to place Bates in the face of the esteemed listeners, providing clarity on the beat and an elevated display of rap clairvoyance.
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