- Full look by Heron Preston, sunglasses by Planet i
In interviews, J.T. and Yung Miami (real name Caresha) punctuate declarative statements with a spoken “PERIOD,” a tagline the girls say has naturally become part of their personal vernacular. Period also happens to be the name of City Girls' debut album, a fitting title for the assertive collection of outspoken statement songs. On the high-octane title track, the girls introduce themselves over an infectious drumline—“City girls from 305 / Ghetto booty, pretty face, thick thighs / Period!” Album standout “Millionaire Dick,” on the other hand, is a ticking, percussive advice column advocating that you seek out 14 carat cunnilingus, and settle for nothing less. “Ain’t no dick like millionaire dick / y’all bitches just scared, ain’t tryna get rich.”
"Period" is not an intentional allusion to menstrual cycles—the girls aren’t really the type to actively encode deeper feminist messages into their work—but it almost is. Whereas recent sex-positive female rappers like Cupcakke make an overt effort to assert their sexuality by miming deep-throating on stage or moaning through hooks, for example, City Girls are more nonchalant, as if spitting about spitting on the dick is the most natural thing to do. Duh.
J.T. and Yung Miami fully embody the spirit of their Florida hometown, but their ambitions target a vastly wider reach, which, judging by the assuredness with which they describe their plans to me, is well within their grasp. In a post-Khia world where females rapping about sex isn’t so shocking anymore, City Girls sit snugly at the point where filthy flow and saccharine marketability meet.
It's exciting to watch City Girls gun for the throne, but on J.T. and Yung Miami’s terms, they're already sitting pretty.