Signif – Friction
F**k Beyonce’s single “Flawless” and its half a** message of feminism. It serves derogatory specifically to girls and women referencing them as b**ches during the first minute or two of the song. Resentment surfaces as the entertainment world, media, and social mediacredit “Queen Bey” of birthing feminism perspectives without properly acknowledging those who historically contributed to such notion. The only thing Beyonce did was reexamined and redefined the concept.
Want an artist and album packaged with racial pride, renewed feminism, and one that celebrates self-expression? Signif’s(Signif) Friction is valued as artistically sophisticated, honoring black creativity, strength, and womanhood. Friction,by definition, is the resistance that one surface or object encounters when moving over another. It is also defined as conflict or animosity caused by clash of wills, temperaments, or opinions. Therefore, this Milwaukee born femcee and New York resident exercises her political correctness (code of conduct that challenges racist, sexist, and classist notions embedded in the American life) in opposing challenging forces both inside and outside of Black America.
Signif weighs significance to society foremost hip-hop culture proof in her latest artistic endeavor whose brilliance shines as she explores the theme of functional feminism (committed to ‘keeping it real’ with respect to the critique of interlocking and overlapping nature of sexism, racism, and capitalism in the lives of blacks). The album begins with “Keep It Funky”, a works of art where the rhymestress delivers her vocals over the sample to James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World.” Here, she allows her feminist space to penetrate and govern in a man’s space where entertainment predominately hip-hop is male dominate. This album’s spokesperson is committed to preserving the aesthetics of hip-hop: black consciousness raps (“The L Word (Like Lust Love)”), pro woman anthems (“Laugh Last” featuring Sadat X), clever battle raps over golden era boom bapand soul music (“The Connect”).
This offspring of Bahamadia, Rapsody, Missy Elliot, and Jean Grae takes music to heightened intellectuality. Signif tributes to the Renaissance era by name dropping the greats of jazz from Duke Ellington to Count Basie in the jazzed laced single “Late Night Jazz”. The song is potent to the ears just as the heroin in Sonny’s veins in James Baldwin’s character in “Sonny’s Blues.” The female Common and Lupe Fiasco abets the political stratosphere of Public Enemy’s Chuck D in the fight against societal ills in “Alright”. The toughness of Queen Latifah embodies female empowerment in “You’re Beautiful”, a single that demonstrates that black is beautiful and for women to know their self-worth.
We get the best of both worlds (man and woman, black man uplifts the black woman, old school meets new school) when Elzhi (Slum Village) collaborates with Signif in the soulful gem “Play 2 Win”. A diamond is formed under “Pressure”, a tale of a young girl whose life turns tragic while viewed by society as just another statistic. The hip-hop love sonnet “Eyes For You (Love)” sustains and reserve the element of black love between mother earth and her earth toned pharaoh, where society with its many forms of entertainment (films and music) tries to replace it with themes of misogyny, violence, and hatred.
Friction is durable, proud, intelligent foremost consistent and indispensable. If Signif is the new woman’s liberation in hip-hop culture then her brainchild Friction is the new dissertation of hip-hop feminism.
Hector De La Rosa