Bounce-Worthy: Little Jackie

little_jackie_stoop.jpg You've heard the story before. Young singer gets plucked from obscurity (or college), signs a deal with a major record company, said record company invests millions into the project, debut album gets released, one hit comes from it but not much else, and said singer gets dropped like a hot potato. Bruised but not broken, the singer returns home and kicks it on the indie scene for a decade, earning an underground following and releasing albums on their own terms. Fans of Imani Coppola may recognize this scenario as her own, but what they may not know is that the hard-to-classify singer/songwriter/violinist has decided to give mainstream success one more try. Coppola has linked up with DJ/producer Adam Pallin to create the duo Little Jackie. Partly named after the old Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam cut "Little Jackie Wants to Be a Star," it could be said that with Little Jackie, Imani is trying to become a star herself--for the second time. With the group's hot-for-the-moment throwback '60s soul-pop sound and provocative lyrics, it may just happen for her this go 'round. The Long Island native and Brooklyn resident does not hold her tongue, especially on the song "Crying to the Queen," which takes a few pointed jabs at Amy Winehouse, without naming any names. That's a ballsy move to kick a crack head when she's down, but Little Jackie is all about making bold statements. This can also be heard on their track "Black Barbie" with its hilarious video (after the bounce) that illustrates the lyrics about a Black starlet as flawed as her White counterparts. Little Jackie's music doesn't fit easily into a box, but that's part of the appeal--for me a least, perhaps you'll feel the same.

Little Jackie: "Crying to the Queen"

Little Jackie: "The Stoop"

Little Jackie [MySpace]

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12 Responses

  1. I'm loving the video...The music is good I would definetly buy the music

  2. those song links sound like Alison Carney not Little Jackie

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    Lead Vocal = Nothing special. Tracks are interesting and cool. Where's Amel Larrieux when you need her !

  4. Eh. Not bad, not good, just a'ight. Nothing I would rush out and buy for my collection. Lalah has me completely spoiled. I want GOOD music, not cute.

  5. Are you sure these songs are by Little Jackie? I don't think they are; their sound is way more pop/rock than r&b. I think you posted the wrong songs.

  6. Sorry, folks, the correct songs are posted now thanks to Nova. That's what I get for blogging at 4 am in the morning. 🙂

  7. I LOVE LITTLE JACKIE!!!!!!! I was blown away!

  8. Now THAT'S what I'm talking about...Little Jackie are the sound of the summer in the city. Imani fills that Lauryn Hill void and without the Winehouse pub arrests.

  9. LOVE Imani! She is sassy as hell!

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    Ok these songs are a lot more fresh, not my cup of tea though.

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    Ok THESE songs are fresh..