By Jack Barnes
The first lady of Rhymesayers Ent., Chicago emcee Psalm One has shared her third studio album, P.O.L.Y. (Psalm One Loves You), today via Complex. The album title alludes to the philosophy of polyamory, with Psalm One delivering playful, seductive wordplay complemented by developed production and live instrumentation. “I’m growing as a woman, as a person, and as an artist,” Psalm One told Complex when asked about her inspiration and the album’s subject matter. “As of the past year or so, I’ve been exploring polyamory. That is the practice of maintaining multiple loving relationships. It is a super challenging lifestyle, to say the least. Ups and downs, tears and joy. I have always been a serial monogamist, so my life has been turned upside down. As a result, my music has gotten more lush, and I’ve been able to open up my platform and peer group to more incredible musicians. I’m very community oriented now. Not so much into ‘scenes.’ I’m into sharing my crazy life with amazing people who deserve it.” Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
Fellow RAPPERCHICKS artist joins Psalm One on the album’s opening track, “Secrets (No Waiting),” and also “Plenty of Wins,” which is a haunting, edgy number encapsulating Psalm’s shrewd, unbothered, and self-confident approach. “Kissy Face” is a more lighthearted take on relationships, while “Who Are You” is an introspective cut that finds Psalm letting her guard all the way down to express her true self. Earlier this month, Rookie Mag-debuted Psalm One’s My Gold Mask-assisted track “Maybe Never,” which followed the Okayplayer-premiered “Impatient (Just U & Us).” Earlier this year, Psalm One teamed up with fellow Chi-Town rapper ProbCause for their collaborative ZRO FOXEP, which received praise from Complex and Consequence of Sound.
Psalm One is currently headlining her DIY Tour with support from Angelenah, Fluffy, and the Palmer Squares throughout September and October, hitting various festivals and venues in the Midwest and Northeast.
9-25 – Indianapolis, IN – Bar Non
9-26 – Urbana, IL – Pygmalion Festival
9-27 – Sioux Falls, SD – Billy Frog’s
9-29 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room Lounge
9-30 – Lincoln, NE – Duffy’s Tavern
10-1 – Iowa City, IA – The Mill
10-3 – Chicago, IL – The Hideout
10-10 – Louisville, KY – Outskirts Festival
10-13 – London, Canada – APK
10-14 – Toronto, Canada – Revival
10-18 – Allston, MA – Wonder Bar
10-21 – Portland, MA – Asylum
10-25 – Manchester, NH – Shaskeen Pub
10-28 – Minneapolis, MN – Lyn-Lake Brewery
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Props to Psalm One/Hologram Kizzie