“If I be boy, every girl go wan blow me”, Tipsy rumbles on “E Dakun”. Her presumption of what a change in gender could do to her sex life, albeit crude, is also a deep reflection of how much easier it is for a man to succeed in the hip-hop game. “E Dakun” is not Tipsy’s debut single, but she has been in the underground for nearly 6 years, and she is definitely one to talk.
Tispy’s debut came via a tribute to DaGrin in 2011. A few months later, the rapper joined forces with defunct collective, Big Boyz All Star, JJC’s second attempt at revamping a crew after artists that formerly comprised his JJC/419 squad took on solo careers. Tipsy has been releasing material ever since, with names like Olamide, Ice Prince and Dammy Krane amongst others in her archive of collaborations.
Perhaps this is why “E Dakun” feels somewhat like a statement, because the title loosely translates as a plea. Though Tipsy doesn’t clearly state who she’s addressing her plea to, when she goes, “All I had to my name was my freaking body count” in frustration, you become aware she’s not only lauding her own rap skills, she is also detailing some of her long-coming hustle for visibility. Funnily, despite the assuming title, there is no submission or apology on “E Dakun”, Tipsy is decrying love for distracting her from the rap game, but she’s grinding on with a renewed dedication to make impact against all odds, in an industry dominated by men.
Watch “E Dakun” below.