Princess Superstar : Princess Superstar Is

NYC hip-hop royalty's great second LP. In places, 'Saucy"...

Wanna be a superstar? Well, sweetie, in this day and age, it’s all about

making your own myth. ‘Princess Superstar Is’ is the true-life fantasy of a

bikini-clad Jewish madam, the daughter of a Sicilian-American mother and a

Russian-Polish father that grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania, but moved back

to her birthplace in the Big Apple to stake her claim as Manhattan’s premier

rap mistress.

This excellent record’s most recent precedent was Gonzales’ ‘The

Entertainist’ – the work of another Jewish rapper, fighting his way out of

the artistic ghetto with a riot of tongue-in-cheek wisecracks and

megalomaniacal myth-building. Where that record fizzled with deft underground

talent, however, the self-produced ‘Princess Superstar…’ is far more of a

grandiose pop statement, unfurling the red carpet for a gang of guest stars –

Kool Keith, Company Flow’s Mr Len, Beth Orton, and a whole host of New York

City rap gents – all here to toast this Princess’s sharp-tongued reign over

vapid record company puppetry.

While corporate cock-sucking is far from the agenda (Princess once ran her

own indie imprint, the splendidly dubbed A Big Rich Major Label) pretty much

anything else is on this girl’s lewd itinerary: ‘Keith’n Me’ finds her

dueting with a guesting Kool Keith in full-falsetto porno-rap mode, while, on

‘Bad Babysitter’, she plays a 15-year-old child-carer that masturbates

on the sofa, pops Valium from the bathroom, and threatens her terrified

charge with the cookie-cutter. Check the battle-of-the-sexes rap-down of ‘I

Love You (Or At Least I Like You)’ for the essence of Princess’ lipstick

feminism, however, where she goes up against indie rhymer J-Zone – and

naturally, gets all the best lines.

A young woman whipping the world into submission, ‘Princess

Superstar Is’ flips the macho bluster of the rap community on its head, and

kicks it square in the balls. Eminem must be shaking in his sneakers.

Louis Pattison