The Root Recommends: Elle Vie

Log on to Elle Vie's modest, monochromatic Web page, click on "Mixtape" and you'll quickly find out why this up-and-coming rapper is churning waves across the Internet. In today's rap game, where female rappers feel more compelled to emulate Nicki Minaj's pink, Barbie brigade, Elle Vie represents the rawness of a 1990s Lauryn Hill doppelgänger.


Elle's video for "Vent" drips with soul with its simplistic and underproduced imagery, coinciding with her equally raw rhymes. While she's just getting started, Elle Vie may make a name for herself with her mature style evocative of rap's heyday.

Previous recommendation: 'The GQ Candidate.'

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