Madame Essentials

Madame Essentials

As a teen rapper who burst onto the Italian hip-hop scene in 2018, Francesca Calearo aka Madame made great strides early in her career. Much-talked about single “Sciccherie”—a piano-laden, R&B-inflected lament propelled by heartbreaking vox—was marked by its freewheeling take on the Italian language. But Madame also raps confidently about self-acceptance, revealing a raw vulnerability over trap, pop, reggaetón and house music. The Vicenza talent’s growing output also includes tracks with conscious rapper Ensi and producer Night Skinny.

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