Fresh off releasing her single "Dark Skin & Tattoos," Toronto rapper Ekelle continues to empower women in the music industry with her EP of the same title Dark Skin & Tattoos. The 8-track EP encapsulates female empowerment, whether it's capturing the intricacies of love on "Dark Skin & Tattoos," to reclaiming herself in "Throw Them Dollaz," the spellbinding boss lady EP explores the many crevasses of what women go through on the daily.
Her EP is fuelled with bouncy beats that draws in hip-hop synths layered with her sassy lyrical skills. Her single 'Bossin' sees Ekelle showcase her versatility, as her smooth vocals work as an introduction to the song.
Our personal favourite is "Throw Them Dollaz," a brutally honest anthem for women in hip-hop who are often not taken seriously in the industry. This song is about Ekelle's and other women's struggles throughout the music industry,
"It's very hard to get a start as a female and it's extremely expensive, so I'm just telling people I need money. I have no problem with someone investing in me and my career whether that be a baller, an executive, or just myself!"
"With the music that I make people are going to assume whatever they want about me sexually and I don't care, it's my life. I'm not talking about anything that women before me haven't done and women after me will do. I briefly stripped, I worked for as a bachelorette dancer, I've been a waitress in a strip club and I'm not ashamed, just having a regular 9-5 doesn't cut it anymore these days"
Accompanying the EP, Ekelle drops visuals for her single 'Throw Them Dollaz", a single about reclaiming herself and owning the choices she makes in her career.