Live Review: Phreeda Sharp – Hoxton Bar & Grill (London)
Often nicknamed the ‘Sharp Shooter’ for her impressively quick fire flow, 24-year-old French-Ghanian born Phreeda Sharp and her team of ‘Bad Janes’ last week turned Hoxton Bar and Grill into a pool of ogling and thoroughly impressed girl power supporters. Arguably an alter ego to her down-to-earth, friendly personality, on stage, Phreeda Sharp transforms into a scowling, crotch-grabbing, energetic rendition of herself…
“I’m so ready!” says Phreeda, before launching into her first track of the night, a freestyle over Jay-Z’s ’99 Problems,’ which boasts “If you’re having boy problems I feel bad for you hun, I got 99 problems but a p***k ain’t one.”
With a bass-heavy production and grimy, bold feel which leaves you no option but to screwface and wish you were a Bad Jane too, Phreeda launches into the immensely fresh sounding ‘Big City Girl,’ which, with its powerful and catchy hook, more than makes up for the fact that the verses may be slightly lacking, drawing you in hook, line and sinker.
Phreeda spits bar after bar of witty, well enunciated, sexually driven lyrics, while her ‘Bad Janes,’ equipped with lead iron pipes and ski masks hauntingly coo ‘go hard’, and gyrate on either side of her.
The contrast between the jolty, well-choreographed movements and Phreeda’s quick-fire flows bring an added dimension to the night. A stand out track, among many, was ‘Can You Bang’, which sees the pint-sized rapper praising a man for his skills in the bed room. ‘Clap clap clap, round of applause for a brilliant tongue’, she says, somehow turning sexy into funny, daring and cheeky all at once.
Supporting acts on the night included Myles Sanko, who, with his powerful vocals and natural charisma, charmed the crowd to no end.
Phreeda Sharp next performs live at ‘Female Takeover’ at Proud (Camden) on December 21 alongside Kyra and DJ Melody Kane.
Words: Alya Mooro (@moorizZLA)