Comedienne and actress Tracee Ellis Ross has taken up rapping and lyrical critiquing as a new hobby. In between staring in the new sitcom, Black-ish, and being an outspoken advocate of naturally beautiful women, Ellis Ross has offered up on-point renditions and critiques of today's trappiest rap songs, from Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan, and Tyga. Calling herself T Murda, she's pushing out these covers and takes on Vine, Instagram, and YouTube to her combined 620,000-plus followers, and in the process giving new groups like Rae Sremmurd a pretty big look.
There's always some song you bounce along to in the car but have no idea what they're actually saying or what it means ...so I looked up the lyrics, rapped along (to practice my rap game) and then was like wait, whaaaat?!!? #noflexzone #WHATDOESTHISMEAN????
After dabbling in the song, Ross gives a didactic breakdown of the nuances of the No Flex Zone but then, sadly, she mispronounces the Atlanta duo's tongue-twisting name: "Rae Shmmmerder?" "Raeshmer?" "Reshmernder?"
Here's her take on Rich Gang's "Lifestyle."
…by popular demand I spit 😳#Lifestyle by #RichGang featuring @thuggerthugger1 (@youngthug) & @richhomiequan! #ymcmb STAY TUNED!!!
The time she called out Rich Homie Quan for his repetitive lyrics:
#TMurda has a @richhomiequan breakthrough! #Lifestyle #youngmoney #ymcmb #richgang
Stretching her vocal register to reach for Thug's screechy falsetto:
#TMurda is slippin...#Lifestyle #RichGang featuring @thuggerthugger1 and @richhomiequan! STAY TUNED FOR MORE #ymcmb
But mispronounced names and mistaken identities be damned. Ellis Ross has legit lyrical prowess, and we eagerly await her rap literary criticism seminar and/or debut mixtape, whichever comes first.