Kid Sister, 'Ultraviolet' (Downtown)

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by Sean Fennessey

There's been hope for some time that Melisa "Kid Sister" Young could resurrect that ever-struggling subset known as the female rapper. Her relentless bark -- like a crocodile clomping its jaw shut, swallowing tracks whole -- instantly made her a commanding and charming spitfire back in 2006. But rather than go fierce, Kid Sis has gone house, crafting a debut that's high on her Chicago hometown's pulsating synthetic beats ("Right Hand Hi") and '80s freestyle reinventions ("You Ain't Really Down"), but low on chiseled rhymes. Move along; no savior to see here.

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