Princess Superstar : London Pentonville Hole In The Wall
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Princess Superstar is the superhero alter ego of one Sicilian-Russian-Polish American, Concetta Kirschner. She's the real-life pale-face bad-ass rap maven Gwen Stefani is trying to be on 'Let Me Blow Ya Mind'. The Princess is so hot, she's gone head-to-lyrical-head with hiphop's dirtiest mac, Kool Keith, on 'Keith 'N Me', and lived to spray down the mirrored ceiling afterwards. Tonight's gig is a riot of sultry live bass'n'decks with guest rapper 7even trading come-ons and put-downs with the Princess. By the end of it, she's rolled around on the dancefloor and stripped to reveal two 'I ? New York' stickers covering her breasts - this in inspired tribute to "New York Titty"'s recent troubles.
There are a lot of happy men here, in short. Women too, though. Because none of this jiggy-crazed carry-on is at all sad, ugly or - despite the club's name - desperate. Like the best sex, it's a right laugh. 'Keith 'N Me' and its excellent remix come on all foul-mouthed and frisky, with the only disrespect suffered by poor 7even, who has to deliver another man's rap.
But if she's good at [I]'that thing'[/I], as Lauryn Hill would have it, she's even better when she puts it away. 'You Get Mad At Napster' unleashes Kirschner's caustic quicksilver flow against a lame ex, while the moving 'Too Much Weight' makes good her claim to be a [I]"sensitive Pisces"[/I]. She's a lover, not a fighter, our Princess. Using sex as a weapon's just part of the deal.
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