“I make music for the people of the culture we’re in, that comes first. If you touch the people first, the rest just falls into place. That’s what it means to me, just preserving and respecting the culture.”
Recently signing to Jay-Z’s, Roc Nation to working with Kendrick Lamar’s, Rapsody is a GRAMMY nominated emcee known for her fierce independence and impeccable artistry.
Throughout her career, her biggest influences include Jay-Z, Mos Def, Lauryn Hill and MC Lyte.
You may recall her name featuring on Kendrick Lamar’s tune, ‘Complexion (A Zulu Love)’ as featured on his album, ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’.
Once again, Rapsody teamed up with Lamar for ‘Power’, which was actually a part of a batch of songs she sent him while he was crafting his most recent album, ‘DAMN’.
Some of her earlier mixtape were fuelled with swirling psychedelic soulful beats mostly crafted by producer, 9th Wonder.
In 2014, she dropped the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ EP which was followed by ‘Crown’ in 2016, marking her first release since signing to the highly coveted Roc Nation.
It was 2017 when she dropped her second album, ‘Laila’s Wisdom’ which was when she really cemented her place in the music scene as she began expanding her lyricism and production.
In fact, it was this album that was quite monumental for Rapsody, particularly due to the fact it recieved multiple Grammy nominations.
But what made this album even more resonant was its circulating themes of love, confidence and lessons of living by the wisdom passed down to you.
Last year, she dropped ‘Eve’ marking her third studio album.
What makes ‘Eve’ so special is that each song is on the album is named for an influential black woman ranging from Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Myrlie Evers and Aaliyah.
Spanning across the album you can hear hints of samples from Phil Collins, Nina Simone and Herbie Hancock.
‘Eve’ is one album that has clearly been well thought-out, as Rapsody taps into specific struggles and tribulations experienced by her idols, in turn sh sees these struggles with visibility and self-assurance, particularly as a woman of colour.
It’s apparent, Rapsody is definitely one to continue to watch as she is more than just a musician and artist but rather a storyteller that is in the game for the long-haul.
Here are ya gal’s top three Rapsody tunes to add to your playlist this week.
‘Ibtihaj’ featuring D’Angelo and GZA
‘Oprah’ featuring Leikeli47
‘Afeni Remix’ featuring PJ Morton & D Smoke