The Diagnosis returns to the WUSC airwaves Thursday at 6 p.m. with featured artist K.Flay.
Straight outta suburban Wilmette, Ill., Kristine Meredith Flaherty found herself discussing the misogyny, simplicity and formulaic nature of modern hip-hop during her freshman year at Stanford University. Thinking even she could write a rap hit, Flaherty wrote a parody song called “Blingity Blang Blang,” and was surprised to find she actually enjoyed the process. Flaherty soon started writing more lyrics and recording on her computer.
Rapping as K.Flay, Flaherty has released eight albums, mixtapes and EPs since 2004. Her voice and rhymes are cool and tough, yet funky and approachable, and her beats have evolved with trends in electronic and pop music. K.Flay tackles the white, female hip-hop role smartly by managing to avoid cultural appropriations and abuse of language, which some of her peers have been criticized for.
Tune in Thursday at 6 p.m. on WUSC 90.5 FM or online at wusc.sc.edu to hear K.Flay.