It only takes a few listens to realize that Medusa is not to be trifled with. The Los Angeles-based MC spits a soulful and commanding flow that's infectious. She's also a strong woman with a sharp mind, and those who dig fellow female MCs like Jean Grae and Psalm One will find plenty to love.
Medusa's raps are perceptive and clever, and often play with complex rhyme arrangements. On "Whr My Ladies At?" off her most recent release, Whr's the DJ Booth?, she serves up empowerment through crafty rhymes like "Educate, focus, no lies/you can get enough, but don't get dickmatized."
If her lyrics weren't convincing enough, it's worth noting that this self-proclaimed "Gangsta Goddess" is something of a maven in the West Coast underground hip-hop scene. Aside from shows with luminaries like KRS-One and Public Enemy, Medusa got her start some 20-plus years ago rapping at L.A.'s The Good Life Cafe and later as part of the Project Blowed Collective—both of which launched the careers of Jurassic 5 and Aceyalone. That means she's practically a hip-hop legend. Her albums, including Whr's the DJ Booth?, might not be mainstream chart-toppers, but given her dedication to independent hip-hop, she likely wouldn't have it any other way.
Medusa plays the Palace on Mon., April 15, at 9 PM with Myka9 and local openers. $5/$10 for ages 18-20.