Earlier this summer, former First Lady of Flipmode Rah Digga triumphantly re-emerged from the “Where Are They Now?” file, reminding critics and hip hop heads why she earned space in their “Top 5 Female Rappers Ever” listings throughout the late ’90’s and early ’00’s with “comeback” single “This Ain’t No Lil’ Kid Rap”, a throwback-tinged slab of hard-hitting lyricism and simple boom-bap knock (courtesy of producer Nottz) that found her aiming to snatch back the game for the mature rap-lovers (“This ain’t no lil’ kid rap here/ This that gettin’ off from work/ And you wanna bob your head/ Not tryin’ to do the jerk”).
But just in case the babies didn’t hear her right the first time, Digga offers a second round of her oh-so-welcome sermon on the remix (“I ain’t trying to pick a fight/ But this ain’t a Fisher-Price, Kidz Bop, Nick At Nite”, she re-asserts), this time accompanied by fellow New Jerseyan Redman, who holds up the back-half with another solid serving of his punch-line-riddled mic mastery (“Drop every month like your menstrual cycle/ I’m why Oprah saying ‘Rappers, I don’t like ’em'”).
Are Rah’s efforts enough to distract kids from their many hip hop dance crazes? Probably not, but us older rap fiends surely can appreciate the lesson that she’s teaching, and we’re anticipating even more of her “Dirty Harriet” greatness once her new album Classic (entirely produced by Nottz!!!) drops on September 14th.