Queen Ifrica is a Montego Bay, Jamaica native, known for lyrical content that is dense with social commentary. Her latest album, Climb, is no different in that regard. From issues of government oppression to tracks that call for young women to be resilient in themselves, rather than existing as consumers and representations of mass-market culture, Queen Ifrica is staying true to the path she has been forging for over two decades.
Queen Ifrica’s walk matches her chants, singing for and living the Rastafarian faith to the fullest, while singing for and giving time and aid to community outreach programs within Jamaica’s most impoverished regions. She’s a messenger who actively works so that the problems she calls out of hiding, feel the weight of her abilities to directly impact them.
Showcasing a deep style palette and unapologetic content, Climb delivers a set of lessons woven through musical experiences that will keep the listener returning for refreshers. “Never, never give in to Babylon,” Queen Ifrica orders on “Grabba,” her driven chants crashing through a trodding riddim that’ll have feet ready to march against the highest walls of Babylon. “Ask My Granny” is a song of brutal honesty and respect. A snapshot of one of life’s broad experiences is told – a double image of struggle and overcoming. Queen Ifrica sings, “You wanna know hardship, ask my granny. She work, and she tithe, and she never get a penny.” Through that journey, though, a note of perseverance underlies – “We suffer the hardest… we still find ways to survive.” “Lie Dem a Tell” is a dancehall-ready smash, mashing up the liars that abound – a song growling against the fact that “every day, new policies are hand down.”
Climb can be an intense journey that isn’t always full of feel good moments, but substantive impact is what Queen Ifrica is aiming for. Change only comes through action, and her words are a force for any target to endure.
Climb is out now on VP Records: iTunes