New Music Critique: Sonia Grace

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Contact: sonia@soniagraceonline.com

Web: soniagraceonline.com

Seeking: Label, Booking, Film/TV
Style: Hip-Hop

Author-actress-musician-activist Sonia Grace defines her genre as “Happy Hip-Pop.” The Kenyan-American artist exposes some ugly social truths via satirical lyrics and repetitive uplifting hooks. On “Human Kind,” Grace incants “We’re all the same, Human Kind,” in a refrain, over funky, hand drum dance beats. With mentions of “Covid’s real,” and “Breonna dying,” the track is Grace’s attempt at an updated “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” “The Body Song” reminds to “Love my body… I don’t care.” “What the Hell is Regular Black” begins with a story of getting hit on by a man. Over dark synths, Grace addresses a laundry list of stereotypes. Her confusing train of thought mirrors complex identity politics.