Fronting her debut EP like a gilded goddess, Toronto’s steadily rising star Charmaine puts her best foot forward to let all the lovers and haters out there know that she’s here to stay.
Hood Avant-Garde is a non-stop bop train. Led by her pre-released singled ‘BOLD’ and ‘WOO!’, the EP also three new tracks that are as high in energy, confidence and lyrical ferocity as her previous releases. A clear stand-out in the running of these fresh titles is ‘I Don’t Care’ – it’s exactly what Charmaine is all about. Casting off all worries and inhibitions, the rapper delivers fired-up statements of self-approval.
Next up is ‘SMH’, another “did she does say that” anthem that shows off the authenticity of Charmaine’s talent. Closing out the EP is another contender for a hit, ‘Double Dutch’, which evokes memories of kids in the street playing the timeless jump rope game together, using with some fresh tunes playing in the background. There’s an undercurrent of Latina rhythms (which Charmaine hinted to at the end of ‘Woo!’) and we can’t get that “d-d-d-” refrain out of our heads.
There’s something unmistakably unmissable about Charmaine with her Hood Avant-Garde EP promising great things to come.