Why you need to drop everything and listen to Blimes Brixton

Ella Guthrie /
Oct 3, 2017 / Music

If you’re an avid listener of Hip Hop like myself, but also well under the impression that, to quote Nitty Scott, ‘Patriarchy is a real thing,’ you’ll know it can be hard to find banging songs that don’t refer to your gender in a hellish, derogatory way.

Hip hop itself can be quite hard for women to break through, and although Cardi B’s ‘Bodak Yellow’ is currently number 1 in the Billboard top 100, it’s the first by a female MC to do so this decade, which shows a lot about us as consumers as well as those sitting in offices with walls laced in platinum records. Although Nicki Minaj might be rapping about making 50k a verse in monster (a verse that was nearly cut by Kanye because it was too good), there aren’t that many other women gaining recognition in the hip hop genre, especially with so-called top dogs in the game like Rick Ross claiming girls are only good to sleep with.

But this doesn’t mean there aren’t talented women releasing dope tunes. If you dig beneath the surface just a tad, you’ll see there are so many incredible girls taking on the boys and killing it, and Blimes Brixton happens to be one of those women raising the bar. Back this year with a new single paying homage to growing up in San Fransico, Blimes Brixton is the co-creator of Peach House, an all girl hip hop label taking up space in LA.

‘Look At Me Now’ is the fourth single Blimes has released since the collaborative DODGY EP with Gavlyn, and details not only the ways in which she loved growing up around the sun, sea and of course entrenched importance of music in Cali, but also the pitfalls of the lifestyle, and coping with that negative stress. The chorus hook, ‘took a long time just to find myself, I didn’t know how’ which plays out over a very Californian beat with a twist of trap, reminds you that Blimes knows who she is, she knows what she’s doing and she’s not afraid to tell you about it. Which is something that we seem to be seeing a lot in rappers new releases, both established and breakthrough.

Gangster lifestyles have been replaced in favour of honesty and humility, and the poetic nature of spitting bars is coming well and truly to the fore. Music can be used to to make a statement, something that ‘Look At Me Now’ reminds us of with lines such as ‘make a whole nation feel ugly, just to make money.’

But this single isn’t just a one off drop, it’s the beginning of a new project and a new upward trajectory for Peach House as a label, and it’s obvious there’s plenty more fire waiting to burn through the glass ceiling of the music industry.

Photo by King Klio


Words by Ella Guthrie

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