In liv­ing color

The Washington Post - - MUSIC - — Chris Richards

Pinky Kil­laCorn

Show: With Talib Kweli, the Phar­cyde and others on Sat­ur­day at the Na­tional Cannabis Fes­ti­val on the Fes­ti­val Grounds at RFK Sta­dium. Show starts at noon; Pinky Kil­laCorn per­forms at 1:15 p.m.

na­tion­al­cannab­is­fes­ti­ $35.

Pinky Kil­laCorn is tough to miss. The Dis­trict na­tive of­ten wears her hair in var­i­ous shades of bub­ble gum, and she al­ways de­liv­ers her boasts in Tech­ni­color. “Hello world, hello world, I’m your freaky-wild girl, smok­ing-in-the­crowd girl, too-trippy-to-frown girl,” she raps on “Cherry Bomb,” a song that makes sly nods to the mu­sic of Cam’ron, Joan Jett’s Ru­n­aways, Ja­maican dance­hall and D.C. go-go.

But that was many moons ago. As one of the loud­est rap­pers in the DMV, Pinky kept an un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally low pro­file last year, al­low­ing her Sound­Cloud page to go quiet for months on end. “I’ve been in an evolv­ing, grow­ing stage,” she says. “I’ve been fo­cused on my­self spir­i­tu­ally, phys­i­cally, men­tally, all kinds of ways. . . . But I can’t not make mu­sic.”

Which means she’s about to un­furl an avalanche of un­heard tracks she’s been toil­ing over. Hav­ing re­cently dropped a psy­che­delic video for “Anime,” she’s sched­uled to crash one of the big­gest stages of her ca­reer later this month — the Na­tional Cannabis Fes­ti­val at RFK Sta­dium. Af­ter that, a new mix tape, “Kil­laCorn 7.0,” lands May 20, and a full-length al­bum, “The Girl With the Pink Hair,” arrives July 20.

How does the new stuff sound? “More free,” she says. Con­sid­er­ing her imag­i­na­tion al­ready felt plenty vast, get ready a new kind of trip.


Conspicuously bold-haired Pinky Kil­laCorn lay low in 2016, but she has a mix tape and al­bum loaded in the queue.

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