By: Carrick Wenke
It’s been a busy few years for Stas THEE Boss, formerly one half of legendary Seattle experimental Hip-Hop group THEESatisfaction. Having released her last project in 2014, the solo instrumental effort Stas For Hire, this is a moment that has been looked forward to by plenty. The past few years for Stas have been filled with more and more dope endeavors such as taking over the “Street Sounds” on KEXP, and many illustrious DJ sets, such as being the resident DJ for “Coolin'” on Wednesday’s at Havana Social Club. Plenty to stay busy, plenty of time for reflection.
Reflection is exactly what is omnipresent in S’WOMEN. As Stas puts it, “the EP is very emotional, and deals with an aquatic explanation of 3 moments of companionship experienced over the course of the past few years”. Those themes are evident in not only the brilliantly placed title, (pronounced: “Swimmin'”), but in the lyrical content. Track 2, “Tried It” is one of the most blatant examples of that and immediately states ‘She wanna throw shade and she wanna sip tea…’. Something that’s always amazed me with any project she’s involved in, is Stas ability to blend 1990’s influence from groups such as Digable Planets, with modern day musical experimentation and make it a sound not ever tapped into before. S’WOMEN front to back, is a weirdly beautiful package from the lyrics and rhyme cadence, to the immaculate production, to the cleverly placed title and artwork.
‘She was for sale and I couldn’t buy her’.