Sun Again

Female MCs in general are few and far between in hip-hop today. So those who are willing to bend the genre and craft their own sound are even rarer. This is precisely what makes Kinnie Starr's "Sun Ag

Female MCs in general are few and far between in hip-hop today. So those who are willing to bend the genre and craft their own sound are even rarer. This is precisely what makes Kinnie Starr's "Sun Again" such a standout. The Vancouver-based MC blends elements of hip-hop, pop, rock and electronica into what can best be described as a trip-hop cocktail. And how intoxicating is it? "Soar" showcases Starr as a double threat who transitions between singing and MC-ing with ease over a downtempo track. She truly shines (as a singer) on "Alright." The lush ballad, which was also featured on the soundtrack to "The L Word," speaks to the all-encompassing effects of love, set to melodic syncopation. Other highlights include "Amazed," the title track and "Rise."—RH