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Rated by The Face: a playlist featuring Snow Strippers, GloRilla & Megan Thee Stallion, Karrahbooo and Otha.

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Snow Strippers – So What if I’m a Freak

This prolific American trance-pop duo are on fire right now, having instigated euphoria across the UK, Europe and 27 cities in North America on their debut headline tour. So What I’m a Freak – the intense lead single from Snow Strippers’ forthcoming Night Killaz Vol 2 EP – combines uplifting piano house with garish chainsaw dubstep drops, throwing in a few gunshots for good measure. DR

Otha – I Hate You In The Morning

Otha releases music sparingly. Since dropping her debut single in 2018, the Norwegian artist has only released four tracks, the latest of which comes after a five year gap. Worth the wait, though. An off-kilter slice of electro pop, I Hate You In The Morning is, as Otha puts it, a low-key hate song, nothing more nothing less.” And that becomes abundantly clear with lines such as I hope I never see you again” and, of course, the titular hook: I hate you in the morning and I hate you in the day /​I hate you in the evening when the sun fades away”. Cheery stuff. OP

Doja Cat – OKLOSER

Doja Cat adopted the alter-ego of Scarlet for her 2023 album of the same name, causing her fans – who are known as the Kittenz, despite the rapper’s protests – to speculate that some of her controversial behaviour was all part of an act. The deluxe version of the album – which features this featherlight, but characteristically mean track – is named Scarlet II: Claude Frollo, in reference to the villain in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. So why Claude? I feel like it connects to the story of Scarlet in some way,” Doja explained. And if you look up his personality traits and who he is and his story, you’ll understand the whole connection. There’s a control aspect. He just abuses his power and his control and is dogmatic and a total cunt.” DR

GloRilla – Wanna Be. ft Megan Thee Stallion

GloRilla’s new mixtape Ehhthang Ehhthang is 12 tracks of bold-faced bravado, layered over the kind of beats that make you feel like you could take anyone in a fight. Megan Thee Stallion collab Wanna Be is a prime example, featuring a sample of Soulja Boy’s Pretty Boy Swag and many, many digs at an inadequate man. Don’t even wear no condoms (Freaky ass) /​Don’t know how to treat a lady (The fuck?) /​I oughta smack your mama (Bitch),” raps Glo in the first verse. Right on. OP

Concrete Boys /​Karrahbooo– Where Yo Daddy

When Lil Yachty first blew up in the mid-2010s, he tried to bring his Sailing Team crew along with him. The Team had a brief moment in the sun with their melodically-rich posse cut All In, which came with a carefree video directed by Petra Collins, but they soon disbanded and Yachty later claimed the other members were really lazy”. But Yachty hasn’t given up on the collective concept, as he’s just dropped an album with his new gang Concrete Boys. Where Yo Daddy is a solo track by Atlanta newcomer Karrahbooo, who went viral with a couple of freestyles in 2023. I dropped my first song, in the same day the label called me,” she brags nonchalantly over ostentatious strings, making rap stardom sound like the easiest thing in the world. Let’s just hope the boss doesn’t get concerned about her work ethic. DR

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