Nitty Scott stated in a recent interview that her new album, Creature! is a journey down the rabbit hole, reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland. The main character of Creature! is Negrita, an Afro-Latina woman in the Bronx (and yes, Nitty Scott admitted that the character is based on herself and other black and brown women she knows), who was feeling lost and disconnected. One day, Negrita falls down a manhole, and is transported to pre-colonial Puerto Rico.
Being in the city but having these island roots, you know, places where we are used to the sun on our skin and the water in our hair and the sand on our toes . . . These are the things that keep me grounded.
This narrative is clear not only in the tracks on the album, but also in the visuals she has released, in the video for “Pxssy Power” and “La Diaspora,” which she describes as a short film. Nitty Scott’s flow is flawless, and she slips between Spanish and English with a magical dexterity.
She explains the connection between her own story and that of Negrita in Wonderland, in a recent piece that she wrote for Okayplayer.
I share my story because I believe that the greater revolution begins with personal, inner revolution first. . . . Our larger society seems to only celebrate the flashy and grand achievements, but for people like myself, simply being safe and in control of our lives can be our hugest accomplishment.
Listen and become a part of Negrita’s magical, lyrical and revolutionary journey into a pre-colonial Puerto Rico. Her beats will have you dancing, and her lyrics will have you ready to dismantle the patriarchy. Like Negrita on her journey through Wonderland, you will find yourself and emerge stronger.