74) Armond White Music Review of the Sister Souljah 360 Degrees Of Power album -1992-
“From the moment Lisa Williamson made her debut as Sister Souljah (a sister who was the essence…
of all things and approved by an Afrocentric deity), her temper and strident voice (Richard Torres called her “the Dr. Ruth of Hip-Hop”) didn’t quite fit the Public Enemy profile. Her first recording ‘Buck Whylin’ ‘, went a step past agitprop and closer to sheer agitation (“WE ARE AT WAR!!!”).
She didn’t break the MC Lyte-Queen Latifah-Roxanne Shante’ mold; she simply didn’t fit anyone’s idea of a good time. A Black Boadicea, she expressed female righteousness as a warrior, not a nurturer. No-nonsense by nature, Sister Souljah would push the perimeters of hip hop away from partying and transcendence by emphasizing instead the political basis of all American and Black experience. She since has proved, with the release of her album 360 Degrees of Power (Epic) and the furor made over it by Bill Clinton and the media, Chuck D’s instincts to be…”
NOTE: Sister Souljah has come a long way since releasing the album. She’s written 3 books, one an autobiography entitled “No Disrespect” and 2 fiction novels “The Coldest Winter Ever” and a sequel entitled “Midnight: A Gangster Love Story”. Her popular novel, “The Coldest Winter Ever” literally gave birth to the current urban novel craze.
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