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“The music industry needs more young female rappers,” teenage Detroit emcee Lady Te says. “I keep it real. I write my own songs and I write from my heart when I’m happy, sad or mad. I am a young lady and I can’t say everything that I want to say, so I express myself in my songs.” The tracks on Te's MySpace are pretty great, blending crunk's anticipation-building high-ends and trunk-rattling lows with a lyrical mentality that crosses the usual obsessions of teenage girls — shopping, boys, and looking good — with Te's stance on that traditionalism, which is that she’s the boss, she’s driving the truck, and she’s putting her number in your phone. Maybe.

You can read more about Lady Te in Julianne Shepherd’s latest column for Pitchfork.

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