Philadelphia's Tierra Whack is back at it, releasing two mini-EPs this month with Rap? and Pop?. Tierra's last project, excluding single releases spanning over the years, was Whack World back in 2018. The 2018 album was, arguably, the career-defining moment for Tierra. Over three years later, Tierra came to drop a three-song EP entitled Rap?, on December 2nd and Pop?, another three-song mini-EP on December 9th. So, of course, this begs the question, what does she have planned for 2022?
In her first EP, Rap?, we are introduced to exactly what the title introduces the project as, a traditional rap project that challenges the norms of modern hip-hop. The project opens with "Stand Up," a song that boasts her conviction in herself as an artist and person. In it, she raps, "Oh, will the real **** please stand up. And all the fakes sit down? Let me fix my crown." In it, she is acknowledging herself and her peers as real people within her circle and industry.
Additionally, the lyric, "Rather have the skill than the sex appeal," particularly resonates with listeners on her music video for the song. Receiving over a hundred comments on that lyric alone, Tierra is noting her skill is one-of-a-kind and more valuable in the long run of her career and life.
The music video has over four hundred thousand views and is quickly gaining popularity. Tierra is expressed as royalty in it, which further asserts her confidence through visual means. Sitting from her throne, she watches individuals, one-by-one, come through and try to impress her, though it ultimately fails. All in all, with the visuals and lyrical structure of this song, it stands out as a perfect opener for Tierra's first EP. Tune in to the music video below.