It makes perfect sense that a rapper would be interested linguistics. (That’s “the scientific study of language and its structure, including the study of morphology, syntax, phonetics and semantics,” for those of you not into, well, linguistics.) But Mariah Parker has taken this interest to a whole different level, earning a master’s degree in linguistics at the University of Georgia. The Athens-based Parker (a.k.a. rapper Linqua Franqa) just released debut album Model Minority via HHBTM. The 13-track LP features collaborations with fellow Southerners Wesdaruler and DopeKNife and tackles important issues such as depression, addiction, race, politics, feminism and more, all set to an R&B-influenced backdrop.
“Midnight Oil” is one of Model Minority’s standouts, and we’re proud to bring it to you today. Says Parker of the track, “Midnight Oil is mostly a true story. I recall a day where I did indeed spy a pile of powdered orange crumbs in the corner of my room and got down on my hands and knees to taste test it. The rest of that verse is fictionalized, but highly plausible, thinking back to previous periods of my life. I can imagine a younger version of myself licking floorboards with ease.” That’s the straight story, girls and boys. Download and/or stream “Midnight Oil” below.