Rha Goddess

Soulah Vibe

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Rha Goddess' style is so unique that she invented her own word for it: floetry. By her definition, "floetry" is a blending of rhythm, poetry, hip-hop and politics. Hearing an artist proudly declare her work be to so original that a new word needs to be created to describe it may be considered a tad pretentious, but Rha's natural talent and forceful voice backs up all of her claims. Soulah Vibe is Rha's debut album, although she is hardly a newcomer. She has long been associated with KRS-One's Zulu Nation and has performed with rappers such as Chuck D, as well as spoken-word performers such as the Last Poets. Soulah Vibe is a polished effort, and Rha has a natural presence and a remarkably rich, emotive voice. On "Elements," she makes a connection between of the four elements of nature and the four elements of hip-hop, while "Soulah Vibe" acts a spiritual manifesto. Just when you think Rha is about to get a little too heavy handed with the spirituality, she proves she can throw down some funk on "Can't Touch This" and "My Pen (Remix)." Rha's style and versatility has been compared to that of Lauryn Hill's and such high praise is certainly warranted. Like Hill, Rha Goddess has a fresh take on hip-hop that is both political astute and deeply personal.

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