This is not to suggest that the State gals don't like to party (see the appropriately titled "At the Party"), but it's unlikely they'd put up with doing the dishes and the laundry, as the Beastie Boys suggested on 1986's "Girls." After all, MC Hester Prynn once worked for Hillary Clinton, MC Guinea Love got a degree in women's studies from Oberlin, and DJ Sprout has served as a kindergarten teacher.
Certainly, times have changed since the late '80s; even the Beasties developed a social conscience eventually. Still, it's encouraging to see an all-girl group get signed to a major label (Columbia snatched up the State in February, several months before Dying came out) by name-checking feminist icons like Dorothy Parker, Sylvia Plath, and, um, Cynthia Plaster Caster, while rapping lyrics like "You say that I'm beautiful under your breath/ But you're not looking at my eyes/ You're staring at my chest." And if more girls peep Prynn's vocal style -- a self-described "banshee shriek" -- and the crew's slinky, utilitarian hooks, Northern State might become the female Sex Pistols (sex-organ irony intended).