RVA native Ms. Proper drops new record this month, honors her mama
Shantele Person, a.k.a Ms.Proper, since jumping on our radar a few years ago, is finally releasing her first album and project since 2011, Escaping Reality on January 26th. Though she lives out of state currently, RVA always lives in an artist’s’ heart, come on, it’s a given.
Originally, as an artist, Ms.Proper intended to sound off her talents with background production work, but her passion pulled her front and center and Escaping reality became the product.
As with many musicians releasing their freshman albums, they usually displays every inch of what an artist believes in and with Ms.Proper’s first album, she intends to do just that.
“I touch more on personal situations as Escaping Reality is more raw than the usual Ms.Proper. It’s not me where I am rapping in circles about where-I-can-rap-better-than-others. It’s about depth, and emotion–my artistry, my work”.
As Ms.Proper said, she planned to expose a more in-depth and lyrical tone–different from her usual style which usually is fast and cypher-ish. She has no plans on circular lyrics in this album or one-upping, this album is all her as an artist–a singer and a rapper.
“I want to evoke the passions that I feel when I am rapping. It kind of is how I am as a person,” Ms.Proper said. “I wasn’t as vocal as a child, as I found my voice and confidence to speak up for myself, I realized that the information that I give out is direct. I don’t cut corners.”
If you’ve listened to Ms.Proper before, you may notice a quick-jab aggression in her other released tracks. But with her first album, she wants to exude a sort of integrity that is based on hard-work and respect.
“I had about a hundred tracks to choose from for Escaping Reality, and I narrowed it down to twelve,” Ms.Proper said. “I recorded a chunk of it in Atlanta, Richmond, and Cali and these songs were created while I was dealing with a lot of curve balls that life was throwing at me. From arrests to life-threatening scenarios.”
Imagine yourself in a daze, fueled lightly by disorientation mixed with Hennessy on ice. Ms.Proper’s track “Trapped Inside My Mind” has her rapping with a mesmerizing and sultry tone as the song plays out. You cannot help but sway your head with your eyes closed to each bar in this lyrical testament to the artist’s trapping thoughts–her own perception. The beat and speed of the track doesn’t show aggression at all, but speaks of a pain that contributes to personal euphoria or pleasure.
“It’s a slower record from the album, it’s mainly about being lost in your thoughts and self-loath[ing]. And the power that one’s thoughts affects one’s reality,” Ms.Proper said.
Dedicated to Ms.Proper’s mother who also serves as her manager, ”Told Mama ft @Versace_Chachi” starts out with an Eastern-inspired clang, which is as catchy as the consistent line drop “I told my mama we ain’t got to no worry no more.” Here, Ms.Proper’s staple aggression appears but this time the aggression is intertwined with personal ambition to please the eponymous title bearer as the artist throws scenarios that attempt to hinder themes that relate to the stronghold. “Versace Chaci’s” feature maps this track out to cohesion as its bars only fuel the idea of personal aggression within the track adding upbeat tones.
Covering her before on GAYRVA.com , she discussed her sexuality, but claimed that she was first and foremost an artist that focused more on relations between people–understanding:
“Though Ms. Proper is not secretive about her sexuality, she said being a lesbian does not play a huge role in her music. ‘It’s not really like I’m a gay rapper – I’m a rapper that happens to be gay,’ she said. The artist has no desire to “exploit” her lesbianism for more popularity.”
Nonetheless, the popularity that Ms.Proper is gaining is essentially all rooted from her surmising talents as an artist. Currently working on graphic design ventures, Ms.Proper is also planning to release a video sometime in the next few weeks for Escaping Reality and that will be paired along with a release party for the album in Richmond. So keep an ear and eye out for Ms.Proper’s next–proper move.
Until that happens, stay open for Escaping Reality, which will be released in the next couple of weeks on January 26th and keep up with Ms. Proper on Twitter here.
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