Photography by Elastic Muse
My third night at CMJ included stops at the Riot Act Media Showcase and Fader Fort before touching down at Knitting Factory for the Totally Gross National Product Showcase. The diabolically hipster duo that is Pony Bwoy were closing out their set with the spacey slow drip of “Ævum (time crawls)” when I arrived, setting the stage for Lizzo.
Minneapolis-based Lizzo was one of the most buzzed about hip hop artists coming into CMJ 2013. After years of experimenting with R&B, progressive rock, electropop and rap in Houston, Lizzo relocated to Minneapolis in 2011 and picked up steam with her crews Lizzo & The Larva Ink and The Chalice. After Larva Ink parted ways and left a trail of writer’s block in its wake, Lizzo found inspiration from a Lazerbeak instrumental mixtape and reached out to the Doomtree veteran. Her Lazerbeak-produced solo debut, Lizzobangers, came out on Tuesday. …MORE