Bursting with high energy, lyrical poise and an intense mystery, the 2016 St. Louis Underground Artist of the Year Bates strides to the forefront with the official video for her track A Date With Lisa. The first visual from her highly anticipated summer album Strange Woman, A Date With Lisa takes viewers on a bus ride like no other; highlighting the lyrical versatility of Bates and the beauty in being both strange and woman.
Hailing from St. Louis, MO, Bates rose to fame after navigating her way through the indie music scene for years and being award ‘Best Female Artist of The Year’ at the 2015 St. Louis Underground Music Festival (SLUMFest). In 2016, Bates swept the local music celebration, winning ‘Best Video’ for her visual Tell Jesus, ‘Best Female Hip-Hop Artist’ and became the first woman to take home ‘Artist of the Year’ in its ceremonial history. This flood of affirmation led to the success of her 2016 album For Colored Folk, described by The Riverfront Times newspaper as “a navigation through spiritual, social and political minefields — a crossroads of intersectional issues that she attacks head-on while aiming straight for the gut.”
Unlike any other female emcee in the game, Bates sits at the thin line between traditional rap and new school funk; epitomizing the voice of women in Hip Hop and preparing fans for the release of her new album Strange Woman on August 25, 2017.