The San Francisco Bay Area is widely known for its tech industry, startup companies and overall progressive nature. It’s only fitting then that an artist from the area becomes the jack of all trades.
Strag is an independent female emcee, record producer and audio engineer from the Bay Area that encompasses just that. Writing raps since the early age of nine, Stephanie Sanchez learned production and engineering after attending the Ex’pression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville.
It’s no surprise then that she employed each one of these hard-earned skills in her newest track, “Real One.”
From the get go the record brings it back to that early 2000s feel. Strag raps over a classic RnB type beat, containing chipmunk soul sampling similar to that of The College Dropout. It’s hard to not vibe out to this type of production and Strag’s flow is the perfect accompaniment. The lyrics detail her personal struggle trying to survive as a starving artist. From her childhood to her come up, we see her evolve within the narrative:
My parents raised a real one, and I’m still one. //
I drink until I spill some. Smoke until I feel none. //
Strag embodies a strong female emcee by keeping it 100 instead of using sex to sell. This makes “Real One” an enticing yet refreshing change of pace from the rest of the industry, focusing on her bars just like new sensation Kamaiyah showed on her debut album this year.
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