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KB the Boo Bonic / Press

“I do what I do because I love hip hop culture, music, writing and creating. I also feel that women in hip hop deserve more than they are being given and something needs to be done about it. Hope you enjoy my music because I enjoy making it.”

"I always was very shy when I was younger and had trouble get up in front of people in any arena. I tell people who knew me when I was younger Im a rapper and they TRIP. It has been a great way for me to connect with all kinds of people though, and when it comes down to it, i just have a badass time doing it."

“Just wanted to re-tag Audra Schroeder’s awesome piece about Austin-based female MCs if you didn’t see this week’s cover story in The Austin Chronicle. I’m embarrassed that I didn’t know any of these artists, but I’m definitely checking them out and thinking about adding them to the music history curriculum for GRCA. Because if I’m excited that KB the Boo Bonic describes herself as “a little Pimp C and a little Cyndi Lauper,” maybe other girls will be too.”

“So anyone else digging on 35 Conferette booking some quality hip-hop acts? There are some pretty legit national acts on the bill but I am equally impressed with the Texas hip-hop artists slated to perform this week in the form of Dem Southernfolkz, The League of Extraordinary Gz, Damaged Good$, 4th & Inchez, and KB the Boo Bonic. In doing some of my research for the Conferette I came across this documentary about Austin’s KB the Boo Bonic. UT film student Chelsea Hernandez did a great job with the film, offering us a unique look into the life of a female emcee staking her claim in the mostly male-dominated rap scene. I think you’ll like this little flick as much as I did. The video was too large to embed but you can hit the link below to check it out! http://www.youtube.com/user/kbtheboobonic#p/a/u/0/EJ3wd1P0Dts -Josh”

“Her rapid-fire flow onstage reflects her talent for wordplay – it's easy to believe her when she drawls, "I'm a little Pimp C and a little Cyndi Lauper."... "I write about stuff that pisses me off, guys who've done me wrong, but even if a situation is serious, I try to at least make fun of the situation, have a sense of humor." Bowers' style steps somewhere between dirty South and Grae's oddly punctuated missives, which should lend itself nicely to a fall full-length debut. She also sees being a female rapper in this scene as an advantage, in that she immediately stands out from the sea of guys, adding, "and then if you're good and smart and confident and stay true to yourself, it doesn't matter if you're a woman..."”

"White and preppy; takes no guff." -in Six-Word Reviews of 1302 SXSW mp3s

“Top 10s of 2010 Top 10 National 1) WARPAINT The Fool (Rough Trade) 2) GLASSER Ring (True Panther) 3) BEACH HOUSE Teen Dream (Sub Pop) 4) SHARON VAN ETTEN Epic (Ba Da Bing) 5) EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING Rush to Relax (Goner) 6) SUPERCHUNK Majesty Shredding (Merge) 7) TY SEGALL Melted (Goner) 8) WYATT, ATZMON & STEPHEN For the Ghosts Within (Domino) 9) TWIN SISTER Color Your Life (Infinite Best Recordings) 10) BIG BOI Sir Lucious Left Foot: Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam) Top 10 Texas 1) 'CASUAL VICTIM PILE' (Matador) 2) THE GARY Logan (Cedar Fever) 3) KB THE BOO BONIC Scars Are Sexy 4) SARAH JAFFE Suburban Nature (Kirtland) 5) NO MAS BODAS Erotic Stories From the Space Capsule 6) SHAWN DAVID MCMILLEN Dead Friends (Tompkins Square) 7) WEIRD WEEDS Help Me Name Melody (Autobus) 8) SHEARWATER The Golden Archipelago (Matador) 9) MY EDUCATION Sunrise (Strange Attractors Audio House) 10) ST 37 High and Inside ”

“Top 10s of 2010 Top 10 National 1) ARCADE FIRE The Suburbs (Merge) 2) BEACH HOUSE Teen Dream (Sub Pop) 3) TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS Mojo (Warner Bros.) 4) SIERRA LEONE'S REFUGEE ALL STARS Rise & Shine (Cumbancha) 5) JULIETA VENEGAS Otra Cosa (Sony Music Latin) 6) TITUS ANDRONICUS The Monitor (XL Recordings) 7) ELIKEH Adje! Adje! (Azalea City Recordings) 8) NEIL YOUNG Le Noise (Reprise) 9) SHE & HIM Volume Two (Merge) 10) THE SOFT PACK (Kemado) Ten Locals To Grow On 1) HOSEA HARGROVE Tex Golden Nugget (Dialtone) 2) AUSTIN COLLINS & THE RAINBIRDS Wrong Control (Eight Dollar Music) 3) BLAZE FOLEY The Dawg Years (Fat Possum) 4) KB THE BOO BONIC Scars Are Sexy 5) 'QUEENIE PIE' (Longhorn Music) 6) DIKES OF HOLLAND (Sundae) 7) THE BLIND PETS Smashed 8) THE BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR 9) MY EDUCATION Sunrise (Strange Attractors Audio House) 10) RAY WYLIE HUBBARD A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C) (Bordello) ”

“The pint-sized hip-hop artist took the stage solo -- wearing a fake beard to honor Denton, thank you -- spitting rhymes from her debut album Scars Are Sexy. She was plagued by a scratchy voice -- thanks to a winter cold -- but carried on gamely, compensating with a chilled-out arrogance that's only tolerable in hip-hop.”

“It was also a year in which women made some of the best albums below the radar. L.A. quartet Warpaint's elegant debut, The Fool, was a tribute of sorts to the Slits' tribal buzz. Glasser's Ring, Zola Jesus' Stridulum II, Grass Widow's Past Time, Best Coast's Crazy for You, U.S. Girls' Go Grey, and Sharon Van Etten's Epic were variations on a theme, from rooms with different views. Locally, KB the Boo Bonic's Scars Are Sexy, No Mas Bodas' Erotic Stories From the Space Capsule, Agent Ribbons' Chateau Crone, and Dallas songbird Sarah Jaffe's Suburban Nature all revise the art of storytelling. The idea of reinventing the typical girl never felt more appropriate than in 2010. Which begs the question: Should we remodel the dream house or have a demolition party?”

“Kara Bowers' debut LP, Scars Are Sexy, finds balance in changing up the MC game. The Houston-bred local steps into her DJ Rapid Ric-mixed full-length with tough songs, showing off her muscle first on "Click Clack" and "My M.O." While both might initially come off like typical one-up raps, when she spits, "Why I care about a hater, I'm too busy being fly," it's an assertion of self, not material things. Her slang is Southern, and when she really gets going, her flow develops a distinctive hiccup, as on ladies' night anthem "2 Playa." On "Touch Bass" she channels Jean Grae when she assures you she's a "lady laced with guts and grace." The title track is the clincher here, Bowers both singing and rapping until she finds her center: "If you wanna battle, go ahead and rap me/If you wanna hurt me, go ahead and test me/If you play dirty, it'll get messy/But scars are sexy." A local game-changer”

“Around the time of the Chronicle's hip-hop report, “This Time Just the Girls,” Chelsea Hernandez posted this insightful mini-documentary on KB the Boo Bonic, arguably the scene's leading lady. It's worth your time. ”

"Confident, sassy southern swagger mixed with lyrics that will verbally bitch slap you while simultaneously making you laugh...and you might get a little turned on...."

“DH: How do you describe your style? I ask that because a lot of Hip-Hop out here especially the mainstream seems like a lot of people copy each other, plus Female MC’s that do come out seem like they were created as characters by their record labels. You seem like you are not scared to be different and be yourself. KB: My style is a reflection of me. It is really random. Like I said before, I am a writer at heart, so I concentrate heavily on lyricism and wordplay, double meanings and flexing my vocab. I have had people say that I need to keep it basic, not use certain words because, speculatively, most people don’t know what they mean. It is insulting. I think people underestimate the intelligence of people who listen to hip hop and rap and that is ridiculous.”

“Around this time last year, Kara Bowers was featured in the Chronicle’s profile of female rappers. She punctuated her style by saying, “I’m a little Pimp C and a little Cyndi Lauper.” The Houston-bred Bowers, who goes by KB the Boo Bonic on stage, has since come into her own. She’s been the subject of a short documentary called “FeMC,” which has screened locally and nationally, and finally released her debut album, Scars Are Sexy, mixed by Rapid Ric. ..“I just recorded the tracks as I went through the past few years of my life. The way it progressed was an eclectic mix of sounds, subjects, emotions, and styles in the body of music.” It is sort of a blueprint, though, subtly plotting a course through the male-dominated landscape of Texas rap. There’s a distinct femininity but also some muscle behind tracks like “Click Clack.” “Glitter Ain’t Gold” and the title track ride a smoother..”

"If you want to see up-and-coming real talent from Texas, that’s a good mix of folks. P.O.S. from Doomtree is gonna kill it this year. Rock-wise I'm excited to see the band Complete from Ft. Worth. They're an Internet sensation. Locally, I like this girl Eyeris a lot. I'd like to see more female rappers, like we got KB the Boo Bonic. After South by Southwest, I'm gonna book a lot more shows and I'm gonna focus on bringing more females to the front. I go to all these shows and there are no females. They exist, but where are they?" -Matt Sonzala

"You're really good at rapping and how can you talk that fast!?"

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