Betty BooIf you're interested in the idea of a British woman (half Malaysian, half Scottish) who raps over dance/hip hop tracks flavored with 50's/60s rock licks, and occasionally sings too, Betty Boo is the artist for you. I'll say for her that she doesn't pretend to be black, filling her rhymes with white UK dialect, and she has a real good ear for melodic and rhythmic hooks. I occasionally hear rumors about a new album but haven't seen anything yet.
Betty Boo hasn't done much in the States, but she was huge in the UK, and there are several pages dedicated to her. Here's the best one I've seen. (DBW)
Most songs here follow Boo's girl-group-meets-hip-hop formula, including the hit "Hey DJ/I Can't Dance," and it works: she piles up hook on top of hook, guitar licks, piano riffs, bass lines, backing vocals, until the cauldron threatens to boil over. (This wall-of-hooks approach recalls Parliament's heyday.) The lyrics are amusing, although they're essentially typical love songs. She even succeeds with an instrumental ("Boo's Boogie") and a straight-ahead dance number that sounds almost like Paula Abdul ("24 Hours"). (DBW)
Grrr! It's Betty Boo (1992)
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