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Psalm One: Show Preview 

Wednesday, Aug 1 2012

In her video for "Woman at Work (The Song)," Psalm One (aka Cristalle Bowen) raps while dressed as a chemist, blending mysterious substances and playing to the camera while a chilly soul guitar trembles in the background. This setup is more than nifty-looking fiction, as it references Bowen's past as a chemistry grad and professional chemist — a path she put on hold to give hip-hop a whirl. Since signing to respected indie hip-hop label Rhymesayers in 2006 and independently issuing three volumes of her Women @ Work mixtape series, the Chicago MC's career has been simmering at a low boil. Though she could use some flash and ferocity to elevate her clever rhymes, hopefully the world will be seeing more of Psalm One's name soon.

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