Words by Shrie Spangler
THEESatisfaction has taken Seattle by storm. They stunned at
the Capital Hill Block Party and turned a lot of industry heads at
SXSW back in March. Now, Seattle is taking more notice of this
emerging femme rap duo, embracing their jazzed-out boho “one love”
vibe and scooching over a tad, anticipating their dominance.
Real-life couple Cat and Stasia are breaking down what you THOUGHT
you knew about women in the hip hop world, spinning it around and
dishing it out in a smart, aware, and irrevocably cool way.
THEESatisfaction aren’t just rappers. Sure, they can lay down a
solid acapella flow with ease, but their stunning live soul
interludes and choruses are the sweet, sweet icing on the cake. The
Columbia City Theater literally set the stage for their brainy,
soul-infused, sci-fied performance on Saturday night. They owned
the theater, Cat strutting around and punctuating Stasia’s crisp
flow with cooing backing vocals. They wear their sexuality on their
sleeve, speaking positively and with conviction about who they are
(self-proclaimed “Black Weirdos”).
“Moonday School (Intergalactic Church)”, which has been getting
heavy play at KEXP as of late, was just as infectious as the
recorded track, a hip-hop spaceship pointed towards a fabulous
soul-sister saturated planet in outer space. This was a great intro
to their set, the song just glittered and the bumping base and
swaying tempo was the appropriate foreshadowing for their
Onstage they banter back and forth, deftly trading off flows
emphatically over pre-recorded beats. THEESatisfaction are
certainly a two-MC show, with both partners playing equal parts.
“Bisexual”, their gay mantra, was a rouser. The witty, honest and
playful vocals are the perfect vehicle for such a proclamation.
They exuded self-affirmed cool, comfortable in their own skin,
parading “weir,d” loud and proud.
Their sound is decidedly sparse in execution though,
snappy rhymes and smooth-like-molasses throaty vocals stand above
all else with the easy bass booming in the background. But their
earnest and clever lyrics coupled with a performer’s swagger and
approach is a deadly combination. You’ll see more of Thee Cat and
Stasia Satisfaction… they’re just finding their groove.
***THEESatisfaction at CHBP 10 photo by Jason