Trap Rapper – Mimi Mercedez
Hailing from a hard as f^*k place — SERBIA — the risqué rapper’s aesthetic is proudly nonconformist, while her raspy yet bombastic drawl — which frequently mutates into huffy, cathartic inflections — has just as much in common with Brooke Candy, Rico Nasty and Lil’ Kim as it does with turbo-folk queens like Ceca and Goga Sekulić.
Mimi’s sound feels at once strong and sassy as she extrudes every last bit of emotion out of her vocal cords. When she spits, you feel it in the pit of your tummy — vengeful, trenchant, tongue-in-cheek tracks like ‘Kučke‘ (‘Bitches‘), ‘Finansijski Fetiš‘, and ‘Ta Spika‘ recall the raw explosive energy of emcees like ¥O-LANDI VI$$ER and Nicki Minaj, albeit with power ponytails, balaclavas, Zastavas, and bucketloads of gangsta’ phlegm. Imagine a chick version of Riff Raff and Keith Ape with a steely slavic spirit and a cache of illegal firearms.
For Mimi (and other Serb female artists), traditional notions of femininity and masculinity are two sides of the same coin. Fierce and fem, she’ll often channel both within the same song, oscillating between angstiness, optimism and an inclination to pop a cap in your fugly mug.
Exploring sex, drugs, class conflict, feminism, youth culture and Yugo-nostalgia, Mimi is like a manic, hyper-sexualized Eastern euro avatar with a transgressive tude and bodacious Kim K. caboose. In a hyper-chauvinistic society like Serbia‘s, where women are expected to behave like 1950s-era housewives, a girl addressing sex (and drugs, thugs, etc.) as openly as any guy in a pub is seen as something sort of deviant.
She says stuff like this in her rhymes: “There’s something in my voice that irritates you loads / there’s something in my voice that makes you want to fuck me in the throat” and “I’m not like other dumb girls / who find joy in family and cooking soup / Šupak (asshole) can’t lock me down in a lame-ass country coop” and “I’m not Barbie and my boy ain’t Ken / He’s my Manuel Ferrara and I’m his Lisa Ann.” (We love her lyrics!).
Mimi also dresses ‘urban slutty’ (she admits it) with a tinge of ‘narco street‘ and a ton of heavy hell-cat mascara (think camo-colored leotards, hoochie hoop earrings and Napapijri hoodies). But that’s pretty normal in hard up, post-nineties nightmare Serbia, where she cut her fangs as a pole dancer before picking up a mic in Belgrade, the cultural capital.
What makes Mimi so subversive is her “fuck you, eat my puss” attitude and oddball edge — especially since she flaunts it with zero shame and unbridled zeal. Lately she has been lacing her songs with ‘turbo-folk‘ sounds — a Balkans-wide bastardization of Turkish music, similar to what you might hear blaring from a kebab stand in Queens or a barbershop on East 3rd street: repulsive, roaring pop-folk/EDM sounds that will singe your cochlea and make you cringe. Mimi mashes up a kind of late-modern trap-rap pop plus sexed-up, post-Ottoman reggaetón that is best served with a bottle of Rakija and an open attitude.
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Photography Mimi Mercedez + Jan Zoo + Geto Gerila Studio
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