There’s always that one album; the one you stick up for no matter what and would fornicate with if you literally could. Instead of talking about the discs we love, we’ve decided to turn the spotlight on musicians. Hip hop MC K.FLAY named off her favourite record, a 90s’ classic featuring a fellow South By Southwest performer.
THE FIRST TIME I HEARD IT
I heard Liz Phair’s Exile In Guyville when it first came out in 1993. I was only eight-years-old and pretty much exclusively concerned with intercepting footballs so I didn’t really get it.
WHY IT’S SO SIGNIFICANT
I started to listen to Exile again one summer when I was living in an apartment across from a pizza place in Oakland. At the time, I was feeling sorry for myself because my boyfriend and I broke up. I felt lonely, angry, totally insignificant and something about the album spoke to me on a very visceral level. As cliche as it sounds, it genuinely felt like the soundtrack to my life. Like I would be buying dried apricots at Trader Joe’s, listening to the album on my headphones and thinking “this is my freaking song!”. I loved how Liz could be defiant one moment and completely vulnerable the next. That kind of honest, raw aesthetic has played a big role in the way I approach my songwriting.
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