Live & Learn
More than a year ago, Lady McK began laying tracks and hitting the studio in hopes that her debut album release would be a success. With life lessons and experiences set to smooth beats and rhythms straight from the Dirty South - Lady McK's "Live & Learn," scheduled for release Friday, is what street dreams are made of - and well worth the wait. About the killer album..... The first single on the CD, "Down South Bounce", has everything a club song is made of and the twist of Dirty South pride to keep the South ... well, bouncing. "I knew this song made me wanna bounce, because that's what we do in the South," Lady McK said. "Whether we're Jiggalatin', Doin' the Ratchet, Bunny Hoppin, even the South's version of the Electric Slide and the Harlem Shuffle has a bounce to it." As the first beat drops on "Down South Bounce," it's clear that the song is the South's hood answer to Fat Joe's "Lean Back." Adding some male-induced flavor to the cut are Mr. Homerun, Lady McK's brother-in-law, and album producer Playa-D. "I have to show mad love to Playa-D for what he did to this album. He didn't try to mold my music into what he wanted it to be he just let me be me," Lady McK said. "Like I said in one of my songs 'he had a vision and she had a dream, when they put it together people couldn't handle the team.' I couldn't have asked for a better producer." During some of her performances, Lady McK said she has seen the power of "Down South Bounce" and the reaction of the audience, and even her two daughters, pushed her to make the song the CD's first single. "It's a hot song! Everyone loves a song you can dance to. You can't help but to dance to this song," she said. "It's like as soon as the beat drops you have to move; plus my daughters love it." So far, "Down South Bounce" has lit up the radio airwaves on Texas and Louisiana stations, including The Breeze 107.1, Magic 102.5, 97.9 The Box and The Vibe 105. While her first single adds some club fun to the album, for Lady McK, the most powerful track on the 20-song album has to be "Slow Down", a song dedicated to the youth of our area and worldwide who are headed down the wrong paths in life. "So many times you hear about or know someone, usually someone young, who is just trying to live too fast. Most of the time, they end up in some trouble and it's just a waste," she said. "We have so many people in this area with real talent, people who could go places in life, but they get caught up in the wrong things. This song is really about slowing down before it's too late." Actually, track after track on Lady McK's album boasts some education and schooling the Port Arthur native can pass on to anyone going through any situation. Whether looking to find a way out of a bad relationship or simply needing some inspiration to get through another day, the "Nu Queen of the South" has a little bit of something in each song that can truly add some clarity to blurry circumstances.