From ‘Rap God’ to ‘Rap Goddess’? Wynne Could Be It The Next Rap Star May be A White Girl From Portland
AUSTIN, TX- My first introduction to Wynne, came from the MC at Antone’s on my first night session of SXSW: “Ladies and Gentleman, the next artist just completed her final college exam a few hours ago. From Portland, Oregon, give it up for Wynne!” Storming on stage to heavy trap beats, a baby-faced white girl wearing a motocross jersey began jumping around spitting bars into the mic. It was definitely not the image I had in my head of who was about to perform and I think that made the set even more entertaining.
Sina Holwerda, who raps under her middle name, Wynne, is far from your ‘typical’ rapper. She received major recognition online due to a viral YouTube video of her free-styling that was picked up by Snoop Dogg at one point. Her rising fame came fairly quickly, but getting to a point of making an ear opening freestyle took years to perfect. She has been writing and rapping since middle school and has geared her style to the likes of Eminem and Twista with a lightning flow and impeccable timing.
At the AWAL showcase Wynne was able to display her lyrical talents in front of a lively SXSW crowd. Most of her songs deal with political and oft times controversial topics, most notably a track titled “An Open Letter to Donald Trump.” That hasn’t stopped her however, from continuing to voice her stances and opinions through her music. It was actually interesting to see a Texas audience be receptive to the messages Wynne projects in her music. On stage she was very unapologetic and at times even brash about what she believes in. None more obvious than the message “I believe Dr. Ford” written on her shoes at the show that night. Personally I found her act to be a breath of fresh air as artists in this political climate are oftentimes afraid to voice any real opinions one way or the other. Wynne’s bars are filled with double entendre and elaborate rhymes, making her an immediate standout amongst this new generation of mumble pop rappers.
The biggest standout of Wynne’s set was a song titled “CVTVLYST”, a chorus-less six-minute track in which her flow, cadence and lyrics are, in short, ‘hot fire.’ I’m hesitant to compare it to Eminem’s “Rap God”, but it certainly contains many of those elements and I’m sure was a big influence on this song. The simple trap beat loop sets the rapper up perfectly to spit her rhymes relentlessly. Hitting on everything from Maroon 5 to Donald Trump, Wynne absolutely killed the performance.
Thanks to SXSW, I was introduced to this talented new artist whose career I hope only grows exponentially. She has so much potential to be a top name in hip-hop due to the flow alone. But as she refines her music and continues to write intelligent and witty songs there’s really no telling where this baby-faced Portland girl can end up.
— AWAL (@AWAL) March 14, 2019