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Listen to Lonni Monae’s “Tighten Up Freestyle”: The Ones

Lonni Monae

Lonni Monae: “Tighten Up Freestyle”

If it were my job to book the next several months of Lonni Monae’s rap life, I would send her to trade barbs and puns with the foul-mouthed jokesters running wild on Flint’s posse cut circuit. (Side note: Have you heard KrispyLife Kidd’s verse on “Kentucky Love” yet? He snapped.) Nearly every bit of oxygen Lonni uses on “Tighten Up Freestyle” is intended to not just disrespect whoever is getting on her nerves, but to completely kill their spirit. She takes an ax to relationships for fun. At one point the Milwaukee upstart goes, “He fuckin’ got you pregnant but he never fuckin’ checked on it.” Mean. And after all that, she lays down some twerk commands. She’s dancing on their graves.

With artists releasing songs at a fast and furious pace, it’s difficult for the average hip-hop head to keep track of it all—no matter how tapped in they are. That’s why we created The Ones, a daily post to highlight the song you need to hear.


Check out previous Ones, and listen to new rap from Lonni Monae and more on our Spotify playlist.

Originally Appeared on Pitchfork