ALBUM REVIEW: Brooke Candy – ‘Opulence’ EP

Brooke Candy blurs the lines of music genres and explores the ideals of identity, gender, and sexuality, in her debut EP, Opulence. The 5-song extended play was released on May 6, 2014 and was co-written by the rapper herself, along with the fellow eccentric and talented Sia on three of the five songs, including the debut single and title track “Opulence.”


“Opulence” sets the tone for the EP with wailing sirens, serving as a phonic parental advisory label warning of the salaciously energetic sounds ahead. The single is a bad bitch anthem, as much as it is an homage to one of Candy’s favourite movies – Paris Is Burning (1990) – Jennie Livingston’s documentary surrounding the ball culture in New York City in the 1980s.


Moving onto “Pop Rock,” the song immediately evokes an 8-bit dancehall vibe. With Sia on the bridge, it’s probably the mildest track on the album. With tenderly raunchy lyrics such as, “Come come, I’mma make you cum cum,” Candy is a straight shooter who doesn’t skimp on the aural pleasure.


If “Pop Rock” was foreplay, then “Bed Squeak” lets us get to know the rapper in the biblical sense – in the least holy way. The track melds together a mish-mash of actual bed squeaks and aggressive lyrics that uniquely represents what Brooke Candy is all about – doing whatever the fuck she wants, while giving you the weirdest (lady)boner.


“Feel Yourself (Alcohol)” is not THE party anthem, but it’s the type of song that inevitably finds itself placed somewhere in the middle of a party jam playlist. It’s a fun song, but it’s missing direction and the over-implementation of various genres, trap elements, and contrasting voices creates a cacophonous and confusing experience.


Brooke Candy brings her badass persona in full-force for “Godzillionaire”. Proudly proclaiming “I’m a ratchet bitch,” she turns the insult into a compliment, just as she did with the word ‘slut’ in her first release “Das Me” in 2012. Brooke Candy proves again that she is a sexy-ass female who running shit and confident.


Opulence brings a fresh sound that is all Brook Candy. Some may not understand her lascivious and unconventional attitude, but you can’t help but respect her hustle. Her confidence is indestructible, and not once does it come off as cocky. Be sure to pick up the Opulence EP on iTunes now by clicking here:


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