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Brenda Wireko Mensah has achieved a cold fusion of the catwalk to the mic. Her love of fashion trickles down from her stage name, Bree Runway, to her bars, which are always peppered with at least a few designer brags. Raised by Ghanaian parents on a Hackney, London block dubbed “murder mile,” she’s now risen to the peak of haute couture, and she sees no reason to be humble about it. Whether you’re a fan or a hater of her cocky persona, you’d be unwise not to respect it.
Her new single, “THAT GIRL,” is an unreserved flex on anyone less fashionable than she — which, if we’re being honest, is all of us. “I already been that girl,” she reminds us five times across three choruses before the song begins in earnest, her pummeling approach emphasized by a beat from PC Music signee Easyfun that’s entirely 808 kicks and loud, rhythmic breathing for the two-minute track’s first 35 seconds. “Speechless, he don’t know what to say / My body look good in that new Gaultier,” she continues in verse one. “Switch up the swag four times in a day / It’s just like whatever.”
At this point, Easyfun introduces a few house chords into the mix, followed by some by some blistering sub bass that dissipates as the synth settles in. “My face stunning, its top tier / Been cold, where’s my Moncler?” she asks later as the drums drop out for a moment. “Sickening body, it’s unfair / I can pronounce everything I wear.”
The track’s video treatment, directed by Ruth Hogben (best known as Lady Gaga’s visual muse) finds Bree rotating through a flurry of flawless fits as she raps, dances, and self-duplicates for the camera. Watch it above.