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Dirty Harriet [PA]
2. Harriet Thugman
4. What They Call Me
5. Do the Ladies Run This... - (featuring Eve/Sonja Blade)
6. Imperial - (featuring Busta Rhymes)
9. Last Word, The - (featuring Outsidaz)
10. Break Fool
11. Straight Spittin', Pt. 2
12. What's up Wit' That
13. So Cool - (featuring Carl Thomas)
14. Just for You - (featuring Flipmode Squad)
15. F**k Ya'll N*gg*s - (featuring Young Z)
16. Lessons of Today
17. [Untitled] - (hidden track)
18. [Untitled] - (hidden track)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 62386
Personnel includes: Rah "Rashia Fisher" Digga (vocals); Eve, Sonja Blade, Busta Rhymes, Young "Dwayne Battle" Zee, Carl Thomas (vocals).
Outsidaz: Rah Digga, Dwayne Battle, Jerome Hinds, Tyree Smith, Brian Bostic,
Denton Dawson, Aubrey King, Shakir Abdullah, Samad Ali Selby, Salih Scaife.
Flipmode Squad: Roger McNair, William Lewis, Leroy Jones, Wayne Notise.
Producers include: Busta Rhymes, Rockwilder, Dor-D, Lil-X, Nottz.
Engineers include: Vinny Nicoletti, Patrick Gordon, Robert Burnette.
Personnel: Rah Digga (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Cory Hall; Darren Rapp; Vinny Nicoletti; Jamie Staudo.
Photographer: Jonathan Mannion.
In the hip-hop arena, female MCs have usually been overshadowed by their predominantly male counterparts. While it has taken a decade for Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and Lauryn Hill to earn respect, the wave of scantily clad MCs that followed in their footsteps have transgressed, as these leading ladies are more renowned for their curvaceous figures then their lyrical endowments.
Leading Busta Rhymes Flipmode Squad into a new millennium, Rah Digga's debut, Dirty Harriet, proves why she is an exception to the rule. While Digga's verses are replete with an endless array of colorful metaphors, she proves to be more then a punchline MC, showing diversity over the signature horn loops of Pete Rock on "What They Call Me" and the choppy Premier laced "Lessons of Today." Regardless of gender, what is most intriguing about Digga's debut lays in her ability to transcend genres, as "Tight" and "Imperial" (with Busta Rhymes) are both commercially viable records that any bedroom DJ would actually admit to spinning. ~ Matt Conaway
Rolling Stone (4/27/00, p.70) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...A snapshot of roughneck sisterhood: Few rappers have used the word 'bitch' with such empowerment....[The album] has a steely, raw sound...favoring bleak, unrelentingly minor-key samples..."
Entertainment Weekly (4/14/00, p.74) - "...A head-spinning tour through rap regionalism, from Southern booty bumps to East Coast Wu-Tangy coffin chillers....[she] has a rottweiler growl that makes her sound like she's rapping with a sneer..." - Rating: B+
Q (7/00, p.114) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Little more than a posse outing....the disco-fied single 'Tight' is a heavyweight slice of distaff hip hop, while the Musical Youth-inspired 'The Imperial' shows that many hands can...make for inspired work."
Alternative Press (7/00, pp.107,109) - 3 out of 5 - "...A solid if not exactly show-stopping lyricist...falling firmly in the male-dominated rap tradition of sending shout-outs to her bitches, dissing ho's and promoting herself to no end....offering variety with a high success rate..."
CMJ (1/08/01, p.28) - Included in CMJ's "Best Hip-Hop Albums" of 2000.
CMJ (4/17/00, p.22) - "...A hellhound in an evening gown....A savage beatdown of an album....Shows she can deliver her rhymes rough, rugged, raw, or refined..."
Vibe (5/00, p.175) - "...[She] redefines the power of female lyricism....gracefully abrasive....Effortlessly transports the rap world back to a time...of the MC Lyte/Roxanne Shante/Nikki D. school of emceeing."
The Source (5/00, pp.214,216) - 3.5 mics out of 5 - "...[Her] commanding delivery, deep, rich voice, vocal clarity and punch lines distinguish her from other MCs - male or female....she's as battle-ready as it gets..."
Rap Pages (6/00, p.45) - "...Keeps the lyrical content raw....even haters will commend Digga for making the songs her own....proves battle rhymes to be [her] calling."
NME (Magazine) (4/15/00, p.34) - 7 out of 10 - "...With a deep brassy voice...and an agressive flow, the top-notch beats are made secondary to her verbal pugilism....She's for real....And with more metaphors than the average dictionary, who can begrudge her success?"
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