Two years ago, Kellee Maize released her album Aligned Archetype, which has been downloaded over 400,000 times according to her website. That album also received several accolades, but more importantly, was well-received by fans of the music: Maize was the #1 most downloaded artist on amazon.com, frostwire.com, and the #1 Google search result for “female rapper”.
Her follow-up album, 2011’s Integration, is no different: it is definitely a success. I can’t find any download numbers, but suffice it to say, it’s insanely popular. And from what I’ve heard, that’s no surprise – Integration is, by all accounts, a fantastic hip hop album.
Maize leads off the album with what I believe is its strongest track: “Mad Humans”. The corresponding video is a treat to watch – I believe it is an homage to the TV show Mad Men, from what I remember. I don’t want to try to analyze the lyrics, because I’d do a horrible job, but I believe “Mad Humans” talks about the oppression of women in society. Don’t quote me on that, please.
While that is what I consider to be the “strongest” track, it speaks volumes about the quality of the album when I don’t even deem it my favourite. That honour goes to “The Fact Is”, a neat little track 5 songs in. The rest of the album is energetic and a treat to listen to. I wish I was a better music reviewer, so that I could actually say even nicer things about it. I guess what you need to take from this is that I really liked the album, and I’d give it a 5 out of 5 stars. Definitely download it!
It’s a wonder that Maize continues to release her albums for free – I am positive she would make a killing because her fans definitely would buy her music. I know I would! It just goes to show – she’s doing this for the love of the music.
Oh, and I mentioned that Maize has a cool video for “Mad Humans”; in fact, she has a lot of videos for several songs from Integration. The production is always high quality stuff, and worth checking out. Here’s the “Mad Humans” video: