Wynne is wasting no time in 2023 proving that she really is one of the most talented wordsmiths in the game right now. Lyrically, she’s one of the most intriguing artists for me as well. I never know what’s coming out of her mouth and I always have a visceral reaction when I hear what does. Some of her bars land immediately, while some take me a while to process. There are even rhymes that I completely miss which give a huge boost to the replay value of her music. To ring in the new year, Wynne dropped the heavy-hitting video, “CATALYST II,” a follow up to the OG “CVTVLYST” video that initially got her name out there in 2017.
“The Catalyst series is my way of mentally preparing myself for the calls I make about my life changing being answered. The first one put me on the map and built me a fanbase, I’m excited to see what the sequel does for me.”Wynne
“CATALYST II” Cover Art | Provided by Wynne
Just like in the first “CVTVLYST” video, Wynne and friends take to a rooftop to let her fire off six minutes’ worth of straight BARS. They take a helicopter ride over Portland while she continues to spew hot fire over the city as videographer, Riley Brown captures stunning imagery. I believe the helicopter is serving as a metaphor for Wynne’s career, as I truly believe that it is about to take off this year.
“They call me Wynne but the G.O.A.T. is my pseudonym”
Toronto-based Felix Leone, who’s worked with Baby Keem and Travis Scott among others, and Treonthetrack provided a synth-driven production with pounding 808’s and modern drums that provide a cinematic backdrop for Wynne’s action-packed delivery.
Wynne and crew. | Still capture from the “CATALYST II” music video.
“I heard your flow; I was not inspired. Put your mic down, go take out your Roth IRA, ella, ella, a. Rap around whoever’s left over like it’s cellophane.” It feels as if Wynne is running up and down the court dunking baskets on herself as she bobs and weaves in between several rhyme schemes. “Flow on time, I don’t ever pay a late fee. Pinky up when I rap, I’m a lady. I’m a Dame in the city, can’t trade me. From the Burbs but no sub ever made me.”
Always coming with the sports references, Wynne tied basketball into the video with an intermission skit at Moda Center with her business partner Itay Lerner. The two are celebrating with an interview with Courtside Reporter for the Portland Trail Blazers, Brooke Olzendam. Without directly saying it, the skit announces the launch of Wynne and Itay’s new Win-Loss-Tie record label/agency called 101, because they always give just a little bit more than the competition.
Wynne and Brook Ozenldam in the Moda Center. | Still capture from “Catalyst II” Music Video Shot by Riley Brown.
I think Wynne summed it up well towards the end of the video, “I’m still rolling with the same crew. Pull up in a jersey and it’s baby blue. ‘22 I was in the weight room, put the girl in the game like I’m raiding tombs. ‘23 gonna’ be the breakthrough. Watch out for me cause I’m on a run, no losses, put that on my funds. From here on out it’s only one of one.”
If you’re not already following or subscribing to Wynne’s channels, I’d do so now, because her stock is going up this year.
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