Daily Yinz – Lys Scott – the flightline of a butterfly

Lys Scott is a Pittsburgh rapper whose debut album, squashed dreams & broken wings, dropped earlier this month.

The music contained within squashed dreams & broken wings displays an oddball, DIY ethos shot through with a steely sense of confidence–a proud outsider mentality. The muted, faintly jazzy “The flightline of a butterfly” displays Scott’s dexterity as a rapper; the song’s refrain sees her transition from pitched-up, rapid fire lyrical bursts (hearing Scott spit, “Opposite of popular belief/I was on the ground but I still believed” made me think of Kendrick on a Flying Lotus track) to bombastic, British-accented boasts (“Who would’ve known I’d get this high/Look at your girl, she super kawaii”). Personal details scattered throughout the rest of Scott’s bars add a strong dose of personality; she was “born in the cool breeze of autumn/smelling like nag champa” and is now “globally a social outcast/skin radiant as opal/causing coast to coast commotion.” A butterfly in flight is a solid analogy for this song and album as a whole: colorful, loopy, and uniquely graceful.

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