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Mapei, Hey Hey (Downtown Records)
CD Reviews: October 15, 2014

10/16/14



 If you were hoping to see Lily Allen get her butt kicked royally in the grime-pop arena, this is it. Providence, Rhode Island, native Jacqueline Mapei Cummings has everything: the weird mix of ethnicities (Liberian mother, Swedish stepfather), a previous incarnation as a rapper (she actually roundfiled an entire LP she’d done with the help of the Justice duo) and a good sense of what would be correct in pop, at least for the next few days. Her debut EP produced an oft-remixed hit last year, “Don’t Wait,” an annoying but sensible marriage of Corinne Bailey Rae and Daft Punk that kicks off this LP as well. Her comfort zone involves gently urgent verses about keeping her man around (“Blame It on Me” is full of lines like “I can’t do this s—t without you”), sentiments perfectly suited for the smoldering thirtysomethings of today. She raps, of course, such as in the blinged-out “Come On Baby,” offering actual substance with that shopworn style. I expect the ladies’ morning talk shows to absolutely flip out over this. AEric W. Saeger






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