When: Fri., Aug. 19, 9 p.m. 2011
Recently I became one of the nearly ten million people who've watched the official YouTube video for Kreayshawn's "Gucci Gucci" since it was posted in May, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who didn't even wait till the end of the tune—which is graced with a blithely addictive vocal hook—before I started downloading her Kittys x Choppas mix tape. Kittys has a couple of tracks with some of the pop-crossover potential of "Gucci Gucci" (specifically the clubby "Bumpin Bumpin"), but many of Kreayshawn's raps sound like freestyles by someone who's far from the point at which she should be sharing anything with an audience. Factor in the reports that her live shows are even sloppier, and it appears that Columbia might have reason to regret signing her to a deal rumored to be worth $1 million. But if she's as savvy a media artist as I think she is, she might be able to pull it together to turn her Internet buzz into actual stardom. Perhaps then we might get what music critics all over the world are surely secretly hoping for: a Kreayshawn-Kesha beef. —Miles Raymer Hollywood Holt and Chrissy Murderbot open.
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