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MU­SI­CAL MANTRAS Head into 2017 with “Al­ways Been” by Tkay Maidza as your pump-up jam—be­cause if you chan­nel even an eighth of the bawse-lady at­ti­tude of this Aus­tralian-rap­per-lady ris­ing star, you, too, will be say­ing “I don’t know, I just kill it ev­ery day.” The 20-year-old has a pop-in­flected, tonguetrip­ping flow that sounds like a cross be­tween M.I.A. and Zara Lars­son, via Zim­babwe and Adelaide. Also rec­om­mended off her de­but stu­dio al­bum, Tkay: hater-clap track “Carry On” and the “bye, boy” beat “State of Mind.”

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