Amanda Blank, I Love You
Rapping Philly chick Amanda made her name at the half-century mark running with Spank Rock as a sort of white, pottymouthed female foil. A Lil’ Kim for the hipster set. But something funny happened in the last few years: She started to sing, and sing pretty well. Now LI Love You is here and it’s a weirdly compelling album, hardly reliant on sex-you-up threats. “A Love Song” seamlessly weaves LL Cool J’s “I Need Love” and Santigold’s “I’m a Lady.” Not revolutionary by any means, but there are moments of greatness at a time when female MCs are at a premium.