The record begins with "Faith OG X," a track whose severe high frequency sine waves will weed out any faint-hearted listeners—not unlike "Forgiven", the sludgy opener to Actress's Ghettoville. As it happens, Darren Cunningham is Copeland's sole collaborator on Because I'm Worth It, producing the album's early highlight, "Advice For Young Girls." On this one, Copeland's monotone shines over a busted grime instrumental, blithely encouraging teenage girls to sneak out and reclaim the night, to put on makeup and escape to the lights and music of clubs. It's bizarrely uplifting, enough to make you yearn for the bad decisions of youthful rebellion.
Elsewhere, Copeland presents a dubby take on modern 2-step. Both "Fit 1" and the ominous "Insult 2 Injury" use melodica and delayed drums to create a refracted club groove. "Serious" builds eccentric rhythms that could come from a toy drum. It's reminiscent of Aphex Twin's "Penty Harmonium/Qkthr" in its small moment of melodic bliss.
In Copeland's only known interview, she talks about taking record label money in order to avoid working "some part-time job that we don't care about." Echoing that sentiment, "Diligence" directly quotes Wu-Tang's "C.R.E.A.M." to document a struggle for artistic meaning in a city obsessed with net worth. On "Inga," Copeland gets to the heart of the matter: "How does it feel to be lied to, then again what's a girl to do," she sings with a betrayed sigh over deflated rave synths.
All told, Copeland's exploring two paths here. On one hand, she's ditched the lo-bitrate samples and become an accomplished leftfield bass producer. One the other, she is an incisive and forlorn club diva. Her narrative of heartbreak in the city makes the grim soundscapes of Because I'm Worth It all the more compelling.