UltravioletAlbum | Kid Sister By T. Cole Rachel
Surprisingly accomplished pop infatuated with goofy jokes and '80s culture.
Before Kid Sister’s debut album was finally released with the title Ultraviolet, the Chicago rapper/singer had spent the better part of a year telling the press that the album would be called Koko B. Ware, the name of a certain parrot-toting professional wrestler from the 1980s. Ultimately cooler heads and contract disputes prevailed and the album name got changed (twice, actually), but Kid Sister’s infatuation with goofy jokes and '80s culture goes a long way towards explaining her music. Early singles like “Beeper” and “Pro-Nails” (the latter featuring Kanye West) were little more than ironic spoofs that you could seriously get down to in a club, but Ultraviolet shows that Kid Sister is more than a one-joke pony. With the help of several very capable pals (producer A-Trak is her boyfriend, DJ J2K of indie-hip-hop duo Flosstradamus is her brother), Kid Sister lets loose with a surprisingly accomplished pop record. The overall feel might still be decidedly tongue-in-cheek, but in a genre that often takes itself way too seriously, it’s nice to see someone clever and talented who isn't afraid to crack everyone up on the dance floor.