070 Shake gives up the Ghost

Still only 22, New Jersey rapper and producer 070 Shake was one of the artists who got the most out of Kanye West’s infamous Wyoming recording sessions last year.

Even before the torturous roll-out of his will he/won’t he 2019 album Jesus Is King, Kanye holed up in rural Wyoming in 2018 with collaborators, writers and vloggers with a plan to release five albums in five weeks, each with seven tracks.

His own Ye album was his weakest yet, but it was a springboard for 070 through her appearance on highlight track Ghost Town and the single Violent Crimes. She also appeared on Nas’s Nasir and on Pusha T’s Daytona — the highlight album of the whole series.

But while 070 can go toe-to-toe and bounce off rappers like Kanye, Pusha T, Kid Cudi and Nas, her solo work is more introspective, tackling self-esteem issues, sexuality and heartbreak.

Her new album Modus Vivendi features her heavily processed, androgynous half-sung raps over beats largely by Kanye’s right-hand man Mike Dean, and it’s an early 2020 piece of leftfield pop gold.

  • 070 Shake plays the Button Factory in Dublin tonight (Sunday)