The Austin 100: Parisalexa Parisalexa's sound draws heavily on the springy, buoyant playfulness of '90s R&B, but she's too genre-fluid, rangy and clever to sound like a mere throwback.
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The Austin 100: Parisalexa

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Parisalexa.

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Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Genre: R&B

Why We're Excited: Parisalexa's sound draws heavily on the springy, buoyant playfulness of '90s R&B, but she's too genre-fluid, rangy and clever to sound like a mere throwback. In the effervescent "Chocolate," she revels in the virtues of her own skin — not just her physical appearance, or her blackness, or her considerable self-esteem, but also the way she moves through the world.

Listen to Parisalexa's "Chocolate"

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