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Black Girl Unbothered

“Chasing clout is not my dream,” raps Tacoma’s Liv† at the opening of Black Girl Unbothered. Regardless, this record has racked up significant local praise: KEXP describes the EP as “breezy, quietly confident, and romantic by immaculate design … as surehanded with shit talk as it is come-ons, celebrating the individuality of one very talented black woman,” while Dan’s Tunes succinctly notes the “combination of fluid heat.” In praising the production, Respect My Region says, “I melted the moment I heard that bass slap out those first four notes.”

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In their annual year-end critics’ poll, The Seattle Times ranked Black Girl Unbothered as one of the very best Seattle albums of 2019, saying:

“Middle fingers to the whole world / if you ain’t down with who I be,” declares this coolly confident R&B singer less than a minute into her latest EP. It’s a breezy assertion, devoid of arrogance, setting the tone for seven blissful tracks imbued with her contagious and unshakable glow. Throughout the short set, the singer and (for at least 90 seconds) rapper seamlessly flashes a variety of looks, from funked-up polyrhythmic head-swimmers to sensual neo-soul and the glitchy bounce of closing track “Euphoria.”

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