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First Play: Feminasty, Miss Eaves

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Andrea Warner

Editor's note: strong language warning.

Feminasty is delicious, provocative, vulgar fun as well as a radically feminist act that boldly smashes the patriarchy one rap at a time.

The album is available in the CBC Music player one week before its Aug. 4 release. Pre-order Feminasty here.

From the brilliantly raunchy, Brooklyn-based "femcee" Miss Eaves, also known as multimedia artist/designer Shanthony Exum, Feminasty sends up sexism and misogyny, preaches the importance of self-love and sexual satisfaction, and destroys the male gaze — all over the course of just eight songs.

The album, which was recorded in Montreal with collaborator/producer Keishh, is packed with nods to Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, Janet Jackson, Peaches and other like-minded, defiant, rebel women. But what Miss Eaves accomplishes with Feminasty is uniquely her own. It’s a relevant, contemporary album that delights in upending conventional gender roles and clichés, while also keeping a sharp sense of humour about the challenges the artist is seeing, and likely facing, as a racialized woman in 2017.

The record opens with “Thunder Thighs,” the radical size acceptance track (check out its joyously groundbreaking music video above) that made CBC Music’s list of 10 self-esteem anthems for summer. The deluge of comments Miss Eaves received from trolls attacking her because of the video prompted her to write another song on the record, "Hi H8ter," an experience she wrote about for the New York Times.

But it’s Feminasty’s second song, “Ms. Emoji,” that really stuns. It’s powerfully, painfully real, and it’s also the most wonderful takedown of the male gaze in recent memory. “'Hey you should fix your face/ when you look down you’re so ugly'/ is what a rando said to me/ like I give an eff about what he thinks/ I don’t, just for the record.” Plus, it loosely references Madonna’s “Vogue,” which is always welcome.

There’s great, blunt, dirty talk on at least half the tracks, particularly “Fucboi Salute,” “Hump Day,” “Food Porn” and “Friend Zone.” Some of the songs are hilarious, some are hot, and others are brilliant bits of social commentary. Feminasty offers leadership and levity, middle fingers and mindfulness, and it establishes Miss Eaves as a force with which to be reckoned.

Pre-order Feminasty here.

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