Melissa Czarnik | Strawberry Cadillac

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Strawberry Cadillac

by Melissa Czarnik

An emcee out of Milwaukee, with a flow too cold, not to take notice.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Hip Hop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro
0:40 album only
2. Thunder Summer Storm
3:54 album only
3. Cosmo (feat Eric Mire)
2:55 album only
4. My Raq
0:43 album only
5. If You Gotta System
2:53 album only
6. Rain
3:29 album only
7. Gossip
1:21 album only
8. The Happy Song
3:44 album only
9. How's Karl
1:47 album only
10. Somewhere
1:19 album only
11. Erf Beat
3:27 album only
12. February (feat Eric Mire)
3:36 album only
13. My Country
2:14 album only
14. Rue Lafayette (feat Robin Pluer)
2:53 album only
15. Garden of Eden
4:07 album only
16. Why (feat. 2face)
4:12 album only
17. Outro
1:02 album only


Album Notes
"With slammin’ poetry, precise beats, and DIY authenticity, Czarnik is an inspiration to young MC’s everywhere."

-Claire Ashton, Bitch Magazine

"Her musicality is inclusive enough to envelop folk, jazz and pop sensibilities in loops and live instrumentation...Czarnik may not be out to set the world ablaze as a female counterpart to Eminem, but she'll fire up listeners to grab notebooks and microphones and set their observations to sounds not beholden to any commercial R&B radio format."

- Jamie Lee Rake, Shepherd Express

“…Stated on the first track, 'Thunder Summer Storm,' this is 'a new feminism coming straight from the grind.' Melissa’s words cover many vexed topics: abortion, negative images of women in the media, the current worldview of Americans, oppression, classism and others. As a woman today, I seldom hear these messages on mainstream radio. I appreciate that Melissa also noticed this gaping hole and is striving to fill it…”

- Julie Strand, Riverwest Currents

Melissa Czarnik is a burgeoning poet and emcee hailing from Milwaukee, WI. Czarnik recently released her first solo album, Strawberry Cadillac in the Summer of 2008. When asked why she named her album Strawberry Cadillac, Czarnik responded, "because a Strawberry Buick just wouldn't cut it."

Czarnik's 17 track, Strawberry Cadillac, is the product of a year long project which focuses on issues of social justice, relationships, and the struggle that goes along with the two. Mixing her interests in poetry and Hip Hop, her song diversity exemplifies a strong influence of artists such as Lauryn Hill, Ani Difranco, and French songstress, Edith Piaf.

Her style is a powerful mix of poetry, precise delivery, and conscious content in a voice that ranges from sweet and playful to in your face and commanding. She has a unique flow that separates her style from the usual biter rappers, and leaves each song on the album sounding diverse from the other. The music that backs her up is the product of producer Eric Mire, a classically trained composer and pianist with decades of experience in both classical and popular mediums. Together, Mire and Czarnik have founded Hyperdrive Motivator Productions, a label that prides itself on delivering conscious, original, and innovative music to it's listeners.

Strawberry Cadillac blends live instrumentation with beat machines, electronics and guest appearances by some of Milwaukee's most talented musicians. Collaborative appearances include, but are not limited to; Robin Pluer's vocal stylings on Rue Lafayette, Robert Figueroa of Nabori's latin percussion on Garden of Eden, and Maurice Cotton of Cotton Gin Music Productions' keys on Thunder Summer Storm and production of the Happy Song.

Thought provoking content is the foundation of Strawberry Cadillac. After spending two years in AmeriCorps as a Volunteer in Service to America and Public Ally, Czarnik worked for social justice in areas such as poverty, k-12 education, the environment, and predatory lending. Her experience in these jobs is directly reflected in her lyrics.



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TraNsMIssioN NoDe

Fresh Synthesis: a must hear!
Czarnick's socially conscious hip-hop is reminiscent of the acid jazz sound of artists like Guru and US3 of the Brooklyn school in the early 1990s. Jazz beats are seamlessly woven into lyrics that demand your attention and awareness.
More unique beats make it impossible not to produce your own flow while listening. You will definitely want to have a notebook and pen on hand. Strawberry Cadillac is like a fuel injector treatment for your brain.
Favorite track: "Thunder Summer Storm". This track manages to sucessfully capture the energy and experience of afternoon thunderstorms in our neighborhood.

Chrisr at CD Baby

Strapped with a poet's flow and a penchant for lyrics that readily embrace both candor and purpose, this Milwaukee MC skillfully rides the hi-hat-heavy rhythms that back her and hits the mark consistently. These are songs of frustration, tracks that vent anger, sadness, and confusion on levels spanning from personal to global. "My Country" is a raw examination of patriotism and the current state of the union, a track that asks hard questions that demand some honest answers. However, while the underlying message here rallies around a pursuit for truth and a need for transparency, the songs never get held down by the weight of the issues. "The Happy Song," while not as happy-go-lucky as the title implies, makes great use of some strong horn lines and a beat that gets a major boost from some quick and dense percussion. "I don't mean to crack jokes but it's my way to cope," she says bluntly, letting everyone know she's aware of exactly what she's doing. Not that we had any reason to think otherwise.


Nice flow, nice beats. Thunder Summer Storm is my jam. Play in Chi-Town!


buy that $hit!
Give the girl her props. She can flow like no other female emcee doing it, her first album dropped. Next one she\'ll top like carmel on vanilla.

Rain One

Strawberry Cadillac
Mis oidos escuchan esta increible másica desde Chile, South America...

Its a really good experimental hiphop, not confused, not dirty.. its a very good combination of sounds, beats , instruments, and a good flow in his lyrics, giving more than a one feeling, i love this for complete.

Peace and love for you my friend
Keep strugglin !

///r a i n


Oh Yeah...
Not often do you get a disc that keeps you guessing as this one does me. Melissa kept me on my toes with every cut. The mix of live musicians with the beat machine is all that, and shows her respect and understanding of the traditions while demonstrating her willingness to take chances.
I like this cd and I hope to hitch a ride on that Strawberry Cadillac at a live performance soon!



If you haven't heard, you must be deaf!
This girl can flow! With a style mixed between Lauryn Hil and Jill Scott, Melissa Czarnik comes with dope, intellectual lyrics and beats that are reminiscent of a modern jazz club. She'll have you feeling her lo's and bumpin your head to her hi's...a force to be reckoned with, this woman is plowing her way to the top.

Adrian Pountney

hip-hop at it\'s best
This album sounds like everything that makes independent music great. The sound of someone making their own choices because it sounds good to them, not because it might sound good to somebody else.

If You Gotta System and Rain are songs that I want to hear loud in the club, but most of it sounds great when it\'s just me. The lyrics go from personal to political, and she is fighting the good fight. Keep it up!