Tierra Whack Is Far From It With A Superior Freestyle
North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Tierra Whack made one of 2018’s more original and unconventional albums in Whack World. While that independent release was 15 songs at approximately one minute apiece, this lyricist has a reputation for going off the rails with freestyles.
Stopping by Tim Westwood’s Capital XTRA studios, Tierra’s clever wordplay comes alive on a beat (Timbaland & Fatman Scoop’s “Drop”) that only the most nimble MC can body. “Rare, like a hood ni**a with clean nails / Took three L’s / Before I got a W / Broke as a joke, I never laughed, I was lovin’ you,” she raps early on, getting at an ex. “You love drama / I love being Black, and Benihana / Swag on Michelle Obama / Book a trip to Ghana / Includin’ my mama / I put her in designer / Rest in peace to Ms. Wanda, Taj’, Kara, Kwanda / Cocky? Sorta-kinda / Still ridin’ in a Honda.” Already professing herself a disciple on André 3000’s style, Heads can easily process that influence in moments such as this.
Tierra’s bars are often so accessible to everyday life, while her flow and ability to break rhymes without compromising her pacing is remarkable. Last month, Tierra released her “Unemployed” music video, which shows a visual extension of her lyrical cosmos.