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On her Rhymesayers debut, The Death of Frequent Flyer, local MC Psalm One demonstrates a remarkable fluidity--she changes moods like they were clothes, though her easygoing swagger is recognizable no matter the outfit. On "Rapper Girls" she decapitates female MCs with lines like "Never be more than that girl who raps good for a girl / But really, those titties is givin' wood to the world." But she turns vulnerable on the next track, "The Nine": "I was a chubby girl, did I mention that fact? / They all took turns roasting me, I would get laughed at." The production morphs to keep pace with her: the stirring, soulful closer, "Rest in Peace," could have come straight from a Pete Rock and CL Smooth album, while "Rap Star," with its Bollywood vocals and sensual flutes, has the sheen of a Hot 97 breakout single. That breadth of styles risks making the album sound disjointed, but Psalm One's lighthearted, earthy charm unifies the disc. Mac Lethal, Longshot, and Maker open. Sat 7/22, 9 PM, Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace, 773-478-4408 or 866-468-3401, $8, 18+.

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