Venus Spotlight: Yaeji
By Jordan Joyce
Thumbnail Photo by James Emmerman via Pitchfork
Finding female producers and engineers is more exciting to me than most things. The music world is notoriously tough on women, but it seems even more so in the production side of things. Grimes and TOKiMONSTA are paving the way for more mainstream producers that also perform, but there are many women flying under the radar that deserve recognition. Never mind that Antidote, Travis Scott's arguably biggest hit, was produced by 19-year-old WondaGurl (She also produced the beat to Drake's Used To), but everyone's favorite trap hits are being engineered by Atlanta powerhouse, Kesha Lee. She has worked with Migos (y'all know Bad and Boujee, right?), Gucci Mane, and Future to name a few.
In comes New York-based producer, rapper, visual artist, and DJ, Yaeji. Her bass-heavy beats combine with her smooth singing to create a fully immersive wall of sound. Her voice is so enticing that most of the time you don't even realize she's alternating between English and Korean as she sings. She conquers Drake covers as fearlessly as she does her originals and leaves you pulsing throughout your body. Yaeji is without a doubt one of the most exciting new voices coming out of the house scene and is proving yet again that women belong in the electronic game. Make it rain, girl.
Listen to some of our faves and let us know who else should be on our radar.