“Everybody Wannabe,” the lead single from the new Riders Against the Storm EP, blasts into your consciousness with a driving thump, an ominous undercurrent of electro fuzz and a reverb-laced hook. Twenty seconds into the track it snaps into focus as vocalist Ghislaine Jean-Mahone, aka Tiger Lily, uses her lead verse to skewer false aspirations, beauty myths and haters alike. One irresistible chorus later, her husband and partner-in-rhyme Jonathan Mahone, aka Chaka, takes the helm and with equal precision demolishes everything from hip-hop’s flagrant disrespect of women to the persistence of racism in the Jim Crow South.
The track is a revelation, equal parts exorcism and call to action brilliantly cloaked in dance floor banging beats and catchy hooks. Radically intelligent lyricism is propelled by a radio-ready groove laid by local party rocker DJ Big Face, enhanced by producer CJ Eiriksson.
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Riders Against the Storm EP release
When: 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Where: Stubb’s (inside), 801 Red River St.
Cost: $10 (includes copy of EP). Entry to the show is also free with an LL Cool J ticket, capacity permitting.
With: David Sha, Queen Delah, Subkulture Patriots and DJ Chorizo Funk.