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Rapper Lil Debbie treats Iowa City with a performance at the Blue Moose


Lil Debbie w/ Caskey

Blue Moose Tap House — Friday, December 5 at 9 p.m.

Internet rap fixture Lil Debbie performs at the Blue Moose Tap House on Friday. The first place most of us probably saw Lil Debbie was looking cool in the background of Kreayshawn’s viral rap hit “Gucci Gucci.” She didn’t say anything, but her presence was somehow enough.

At the time, Lil Debbie was a member of the now-defunct, Bay Area rap crew White Girl Mob along with Kreayshawn and V-Nasty; since then, she has embarked on a promising solo career. Her first singles were collaborations with internet rap weirdo Riff Raff (playing this evening at Blue Moose) and predictably received a lot of play on YouTube. Among these was the song “Michelle Obama” which featured the baffling hook: “presidential tint, Michelle Obama / frozen femurs in the freezer, Jeffrey Dahmer.” She has since released a number of digital EPs, most recently last week’s Young Bitch.

The lyrical content of Lil Debbie’s music could probably be accused of being one-dimensional: money, drugs (both doing them and distributing them), looking attractive, domination of one’s rival, etc. — the usual topics of mainstream club rap. At first this seems problematic, but there are a multitude of popular, even respected, rappers who have never strayed from this formula their entire careers — so who cares if she mines the same territory. Maybe it’s just enough that her music move the crowd and be entertaining.


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