Tumblr rap sensation Kitty Pryde has released the video for her new single “Orion’s Belt,” featuring hip hop artist Riff Raff, off her free online EP, “haha, i’m sorry.”
Both Pryde and Riff Raff arose from the kaleidoscope of DIY music-making that can be found online. Kitty Pryde, Riff Raff and other artists like Odd Future, Kilo Kish and even Justin Bieber--Pryde is a big fan--all got their start on the Internet.
“If you only exist online, are you real?” Rolling Stone asked in a story about Kitty Pryde, who first broke through with the homemade music video, “Okay, Cupid,” which she released on her sparkly pink Tumblr page.
"I think it's really easy for people to hate me on the Internet. They see that one thing and they can just block out everything else," she told Rolling Stone.
"But I feel like in real life I'm a lot different than people think I'm going to be. At least now they get more than just that one dimension."
The video for her breakout hit “Okay Cupid” features Pryde laying on her bed, flipping through Polaroid photos, her nearby laptop covered in stickers. With a breathy, lackadaisical rap style, the single starts, “Get out of my room.”
The lyrics aren’t bad, and they sure do sound like a teenager wrote them.
“Don't care how long it takes to get you after me I wrote our names on my binder
And everybody laughed at me/But it really doesn't matter, you are radder and cooler
A hooligan and my flattery makes me look like a fool again
You are a tool again/But you're the one that I've chosen.”
Kitty Pryde’s real name is Kathryn Beckwith and she’s a teenaged Floridian who works at Claire’s Accessories in Daytona Beach.
Not only did “Community’s” Donald Glover and novelist Tao Lin both show up, the room was full of music critics and bloggers, all wondering if Pryde's music had a place in the real world and not just on the Web.