Amanda Blank’s rap cred had nowhere to go but up until last month, when she released I Love You, her first full-length album. That’s when her signature mix tape style—breakneck tempos, sex-centric lyrics, and a marked allergy to melody—bit her in the ass. Turns out 11 low-calorie tracks is six or so too many. But people who listened to I Love You all the way through and then panned it may have missed the point: This is amphetamine music, and a little bit goes a long way. So what if Blank’s time in Philly’s grimy rap scene has rendered her incapable of providing hummable hooks or any sort of low-octane break from the hot mess that is her entire body of work? Her first single, “Might Like You Better,” pulls all the nastiness from Romeo Void’s 1982 single “Never Say Never.” Love You gives as hard as it takes and is thus best enjoyed with booze, dancing, and some brutal honesty at the end of the night.
BLANK PERFORMS AT 8 P.M. WITH MATT AND KIM AT THE BLACK CAT, 1811 14TH ST. NW. SOLD OUT. (202) 667-4490.