Actress Miriam A. Hyman‘s star is certainly climbing—with her newly launched starring role in Season 3 of Lena Waithe’s The Chi (which premiered June 21). But her “alter ego” is seriously busy as well.
For real, as Robyn Hood, she’s been sharpening her flow since 2014, when her mixtape Journey Of An MC netted her a Best New Artist nom at the Philadelphia Hip-Hop Awards. She afterwards released two EPs, and collab’d with everyone from Lupita Nyong’o to Ciara to Hamilton star Daveed Diggs.
Her third EP, the fittingly titled Alter EGO, dropped today, June 25. And BlackBook is all over the first single “Drip Flow,” which finds her dropping lines with equal parts confidence and impertinence over a fat bass and slow, languid beats.
“Peel back them layers / Honestly a soothsayer / Hit ’em with those quick lines / Lightfoot like the mayor.”
“As a conscious female lyricist,” she explains, “I’m constantly being told that my music won’t sell if I don’t promote sex, violence, or provocative language. I disagree with that wholeheartedly, and that is how my music is born. I believe if you stay hot, honest, open, and truthful with yourself and listeners, they’ll be intelligent enough to see and hear your art, and that is what my goal was with bringing Alter Ego to life.”
We’re definitely buying.