Sister Sounds Selection: OMG it's Ms Banks

Sister Sounds Selection: OMG it's Ms Banks

WHO                      Ms Banks 
WHAT                     UK Rap/Hip Hop/Grime
WHERE                  From South East London, UK
MUSIC INFLU'S     Lauryn Hill, Nicki Minaj, Lil Kim, Ms Dynamite, Kano and Dizzee Rascal
LYRICTRY              "One sip, two sip, slowly sinking, above water, slowly slipping, but every now and then,
                               she wakes up and starts swimming"

I want to do it my own way... because I can.
— Ms Banks (Amarudontv, 2017)

Ms Banks' talent doesn't lie in the poetic, but in the grounded. She brings realness, delivers life lessons and her own brand of pussy power. The energy and her honesty can send shudders down your spine - it releases you and makes you 'Get Loose'. 

Although spitting bars since age 12, Ms Banks officially stepped onto the scene back in 2014 with 'Once Upon A Grind'. Since then she's been moving with the grime of the time, but her new track 'OMG' is a whole new vibe from the lady who brought us the duuuutty beat, whipped cream and strawberries in 'The Get Back'. Ms Banks' new tune presents the sound of producer Jason Julian - a new kinda dubstep energy and beat (don't worry, not fucking Skrillex) - thats blends into Ms Banks' rhymes. The words pump you up, but honestly don't seem to cut through the shit like they normally do. Ms Banks commented on the track:

The everyday motto is to ‘turn up and get f*cked. It’s lit’. Lol, no but seriously this beat made me bring the rawness back. I love it so much. OMG is about how it made me feel and how I put that energy back into the track.

So this time it ain't about what's being said but the feeling, the 'rawness' of OMG. The video's visuals are literally all the chat right now, definitely 'race-y' (excuse the pun), she twerks and she works, and there's a new purposeful sexuality that we're seeing unlike before.

At first glimpse she may arguably be taken as another female artist grinding up against cars in hots pants, but Ms Banks' knows what she's doing and how she's doing it. Look a bit closer and you'll see there's an artist who knows the industry's sexist pitfalls, but shuts it down. The power of sex appeal should not determine how respect is earned by women in music. And on the other hand, nor should the male-dominated industry define and subordinate their female equals who embrace their sexuality. Sex equals success minus respect is not real math. Do a Ms Banks, be a female business woman on your terms, go with or against the crowd, but get that talent is talent is talent.

I wish they [men in music] could respect what we’re doing, and what we’re bringing to the table. I wish the men could start respecting women in industry as business women. Not just another girl you could try to move to or talk to.
— Ms Banks (Amarudontv, 2017)

So, although the OMG vibe is different to what we've come to expect from Ms Banks, it's still bouncing. Always true to her personality, as long as she keeps doing her as she does and bringing something banging to the table, we'll Grind Happily Ever After. The End.

 
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