Gunplay, Priests: Critic’s Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.


D.C. punk band Priests. (Amy Breesman)

Gunplay

Like his patron Rick Ross, this Miami rapper makes the English language sound wicked and delicious. But instead of slowly gorging on it, Gunplay devours his words, only minding his manners in moments of regret. The most striking rhymes on his superb new mix tape, “Acquitted,” come during the moody “Bible on the Dash” – he’s a rebel suddenly stricken with remorse: “I asked the pastor, ‘What’s the fastest way to heaven for a bastard with a tarnished past? Give me your honest answer.’ ”

Priests

With “Tape Two” – a seven-song EP coughed up in time for a U.S. tour that’s currently grinding down the West Coast – this rising D.C. punk quartet is showing its teeth and its muscles, combining surf guitars with Bikini Kill-er instincts. Vocalist Katie Alice Greer leads the proceedings, cooing and snarling, pondering pop singer Lana Del Rey, praising playwright Lillian Hellman and skewering all those “rich, white men” who signed the U.S. Constitution.

Chris Richards has been the Post's pop music critic since 2009. He's recently written about Bjork's radical humanity, the joys of heavy metal drumming and the perils of "poptimism ."
Continue reading
Comments
Show Comments
Most Read Lifestyle

lifestyle

style-blog

Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters