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    The Strong Survive

    Bad Ass

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    (Manic Pixie Dream Girl)

    Happy Songs About Unhappy Things

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    Chronicles of a “Crazy B!+¢#”

    Happy Songs About Unhappy Things

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    The Suicide Bridge

    Happy Songs About Unhappy Things

"Everybody loves me. Nobodies hate me."

Nikki Lynette is a performer, producer, writer, and visual artist whose style is equal parts hip hop, alternative, and pop.

A Chicago native, her profound sense of individuality has been the cornerstone of her career an as indie artist, resulting in songs that she describes as “genreless ear candy.” Her self-produced tunes have been featured in popular shows on MTV, Fox, Hulu, Netflix, and more and have garnered digital and print features for publications like XXL, Bust, and Vibe. A proud independent artist, Lynette’s success in music licensing has earned it’s own accolades, including a prominent feature in Billboard Magazine and being invited to speak on a panel at South By Southwest. “Artists used to be limited by what opportunities were handed to them,” she explains. “But I sang a theme song for Hasbro and starred in a national Kmart commercial. Whoopi Goldberg read one of my blogs on The View. TV shows play my music and I’ve never been on major radio. Indie artists make our own opportunities now.” In 2016, Lynette collaborated on Poo-Pouri’s viral video Imagine which won her first major music award, the American Music Producer Award for Best Original Song.

After a hiatus from releasing new music, Nikki Lynette returned to the public eye with a confession: she’d secretly been battling mental health issues. She began writing articles about depression and suicide for prominent sites like BlackDoctor, Afropunk and AllHipHop, and held her own among medical professionals in live chats and panel discussions with hundreds of thousands of viewers. Now, Nikki does a popular video series for Afropunk to raise awareness for mental health.

(Manic Pixie Dream Girl) is Nikki Lynette’s first full album release since 2011. While the funky pop project screams sass and brash, it is the first in a three part body of work that includes music, visual art, and a short film detailing the experience of being driven to a dark place and finding your way back from it. “I chose to release it on September 11th because it’s the anniversary of when I tried to kill myself,” Lynette explains. “I didn’t think I’d live to release new music. So it makes sense to kick off the project on a day that means something.” Most of the project was produced by Lynette herself, alongside her long time collaborator Matt Hennessy, with the opening track being helmed by Da Internz. In this project we see Lynette stretching out her skills as a songwriter, walking the listener through the experience of playing a role dictated to her by someone else while simultaneously pushing back against it. “I got really good at writing when I was doing all those writing camps for Warner and Atlantic and BMG Chrysalis in New York,” she explains. “Just being in an environment like that, with all those talented people, it makes it so you get really good at saying exactly what you mean in a song.” The release dates for the next two installments in the three part series, Chronicles of a Crazy “B!+ ¢#” and The Suicide Bridge have not yet been set.

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They fantasize about us. They create the idea of who we are before ever getting to know us.

They objectify us. They see us as a “thing” for their entertainment, not acknowledging that there is more to us than meets the eye.

They idealize us. They project their fantasies onto us and treat us like we let them down when we deviate from it.

They hurt us. They behave as if we sold them a false dream when we’d rather be ourselves than be their dream girls.

They break us. They convince us that we are safe with them, and once our guard is down and the reality of us as real girls and real women sets in, they change. Our free-spirit becomes “carelessness.” Our love of adventure becomes “unpredictable.” They push us into roles they want us to fill. And we let them. We start doubting our magic. And this identity we created from years of open-mindedness and trusting ourselves becomes a person we don’t know.

Girls like me are not one dimensional. We are not always sexy. We are not always funny. We are not always chill. And the only reason we ever get pushed into any box that don’t fit is because sometimes we forget, just like everyone else, that we don’t have to be anybody’s fantasy in order to be loved.

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KEISHA

My life-partner in crime

TODD

My master-planner

CLAY

My virtuoso

MATT

My big brother almighty

ANGIE

My secret weapon

BIONDO

My magic maker

SLAVIC

My creative catlyst

ALY

My comrade

MARCUS

My fellow visionary

JON

My co-conspirator

TONY

My shooter

SAVANT

My inspiration

KEISHA

My life-partner in crime

MATT

My big brother almighty

SLAVIC

My creative catlyst

JON

My co-conspirator

TODD

My master-planner

ANGIE

My secret weapon

ALY

My comrade

TONY

My shooter

BIONDO

My magic maker

CLAY

My virtuoso

MARCUS

My fellow visionary

SAVANT

My inspiration