Missy Mist

Let the Good Times Roll

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Rap was so male-dominated an idiom in the 1980s and early '90s that some female rappers felt they had to project tough, unfeminine images in order to be taken seriously. But that wasn't true of Missy Mist, a little-known female rapper who didn't hesitate to wear sexy outfits and have a more feminine image. Not that Mist (whose delivery is somewhat Roxanne Shante-ish) was opposed to talking tough -- in fact, she does her share of it on Let the Good Times Roll, which includes pop-rap as well as more aggressive material like "Deadly." The CD is far from remarkable, though it has its moments. The political songs ("Let's Pull Together," "We Can Do It," and "Think About Peace") aren't bad, and the cute "Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" is rather catchy. Meanwhile, most of the boasting tunes are routine and forgettable. Good Times didn't sell, and Mist never caught on commercially.

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