New Music Monday: Tkay Maidza

Even if I didn’t love her sound (and I do), Tkay Maidza would have won my heart with her single “Carry On,” which features the line “They say they comin’ for me but I don’t want none / Cause I really don’t care and I’m still kinda young.” This is the opposite of when Lorde, all of 17, sang wearily of the days when she was young and revelled without a care, and I rolled my eyes so hard it was audible. (To be clear, I love Lorde. But that lyric was ridiculous.) Maidza, in both sound and lyrical content, embraces her youth. The Zimbabwe-born, Australia-raised pop singer raps, but doesn’t call herself a rapper, she says, to avoid “the anxiety of trying to be the best rapper ever… this way I can do whatever I like and that includes being silly.” Her latest single, “Carry On,” is more fun than silly, though the video gives Maidza a lot of opportunities to goof in front of the camera. The track, which features Killer Mike, hearkens to Icona Pop and early MIA, heavy on the shout-sung chorus and a bouncy beat. Maidza lists Nicki Minaj and Santigold as influences, which pretty perfectly captures the music she wants to make. She wants to rap, she wants to make music to dance to, and she wants to have maximum fun doing both while she’s still kinda young. Her debut album, Tkay, came out last fall and is available here. 

by Katie Presley
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Katie Presley is a writer and editor currently based on the East Coast (help, how did this happen??). She's been with Bitch in one form or another since 2010, when she started as a New Media Intern, and most recently served as Bitch's first and only Music Editor, from 2016-2017. Past resume lines include Assistant Producer for All Songs Considered at NPR Music, panelist on Pop Culture Happy Hour, and bylines at NPR and Ms. Katie is also a doula and herbalist, and writes a blog on herbal medicine, "The Herbal Apprentice." She also co-founded the first full-spectrum doula organization in Texas, The Bridge Collective. She is also a late-comer to being a Dog Person, but currently lives with four cats. 

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