Psalm One’s intrigue grows deeper and deeper the more she reveals about herself, like the fact that she based the title of her debut record, 2002’s “Bio: Chemistry,” on her chemistry studies at U of I. A re-release followed in 2004 on Birthwrite, as well as a slew of high-profile gigs—she’s played with 50 Cent, MF Doom and Slick Rick, among others. Her vocals reach a level of smoothness that suggests a soul-music influence—the rhyming is never forced or, for that matter, forceful. Her work is more bluesy and patient, skillful in its ambiguity. “The Death of the Frequent Flyer” (Rhymesayers Entertainment), Psalm One’s new record, celebrates its release tonight, and on it, while maintaining a foundation in hip-hop, she injects unpredictable quirk and charm with her lyrical musings, someone who knows this city all too well. URB put her on its “Next 100” list for good reason—she’s gonna be huge. (Tom Lynch)
July 22 at Abbey Pub.