Written By: Fletcher Bonin
The Atlanta and Chicago based trap-rap scene has come under heavy scrutiny for being simplistic and devoid of real talent, idolatrizing drugs, violence and disrespect to women and authority at large. Of course, we still listen to the latest Fetty Wap and Lil Yachty as soon as they drop, but what if I told you there was a way to enjoy this controversial music without the usual guilt? Enter Big Momma. Contrary to his name, Big Momma is the rapper handle of a male Florida based rapper. His name is derived from an amalgam of Notorious BIG and Lil Kim, both of whom strongly influence his style as well. Also, Big Momma is openly gay, and his music is born of a suppressed and isolated youth in a dominantly Christian family and society. For this reason, many of his lyrics are violent and dark, but I pose that this style is many layered, multivalent and more than first meets the eye. Big Momma is only 25, and his ten track mixtape The Plague on Souncloud is evident of talent beyond his years.
Let’s start with his beats. Almost all of them on this mixtape are produced by the little known Michaelangelo. The beats are aggressive and synthesized with heavy bass hits intermingled with spritely tripping tenor hits. Now his lyrics. Big Momma draws heavily from pop culture and personal experiences, combining with his beats to make a moving and deeply thought provoking project on each track.
One of my favorite tracks off the mixtape is ‘Diet Coke’. This would be under the aforementioned category of deeper bass hits and slow beat builds. On the track, Big Momma raps quickly “I’m in the zone lost my keys and my phone” effectively describing the midst of a party or bender of some kind. In the refrain, when asked what he’s on, Big Momma responds with the interesting “cotton candy, sweet and low, malnutritious diet coke.” The following track ‘Denata’ is equally mysterious, though this time Big Momma’s vocals are highlighted against a higher, more ethereal background beat. He sings “sexual cannibalism, I wanna taste your rhythm, he thinking he’s my lover but he’s about to be my victim.” The trippy, upbeat sense of the song belies the darker content, Big Momma often rapping too fast for you to catch just how twisted and dark the content is that he rhymes. Fans of Zebra Katz and other post modern rappers will enjoy the stylings of Big Momma’s The Plague. He is more artist than pure rapper, and you’ll have to go to soundcloud to find out why.