After all the holiday rush, getting back into routine with work, school, and everything else going on. Why not come out and relax for the night on January 16th at Studio Bar. Rapsody, makes her way out to Toronto for a night of pure hip-hop. Hit the link below for all the details and enter our contest to win a pair of tickets to the show!
Kevin Durant, who had dropped 41 points, including 14 in the final five minutes, stalked along the baseline, right in front of where owners Clay Bennett and Aubrey McLendon sat. With his teammates hanging on his shoulders, Durant popped his jersey and bellowed, "This is my motherf---ing team!"Nobody was questioning KD after that. As for Rapsody? That defining alpha moment could very well be her latest offering, Beauty and the Beast. After steady growth on The Idea of Beautiful and She Got Game, the Snow Hill, NC emcee sounds like an artist who has finally found her voice. The rhymes and delivery have always been there. The difference now is in her confidence, which shines through on every track. Three years after Durant's alpha moment, he had his MVP season. It's only a matter of time before Rapsody has her own. We caught up with the Jamla emcee to talk about meeting Jay Z, where her confidence comes from, carrying the torch from the likes of Ruby Dee and Maya Angelou, and much more. Listen to the podcast above and read the interview after the jump.
It's a double dose of Rapsody today. After recently releasing the visuals to "Dark Knights," from her head-turning She Got Game mixtape, the Jamla emcee follows suit with "Betty Shabazz," off the upcoming compilation, Jamla Is The Squad (due out January 28th). On "Betty Shabazz," Rapsody sounds newly motivated, proving that she should be a strong contender on anybody's list of rappers to watch in 2014. Meanwhile, Wale doesn't make an appearance in the video version to "Dark Knights" (which, as you can probably tell, pays homage to the Christopher Nolan film series), but the track is every bit as solid in his absence - something that I think says a lot about Rapsody's talent. For more on the Snow Hill, North Carolina emcee, make sure to read our extensive interview with her. Check out the 9th Wonder-produced "Betty Shabazz" and the Kenneth Price-directed visuals to "Dark Knights" below.
Jamla's first lady recently released "Mass Hysteria", a standalone single produced by 9th Wonder. The track comes less than two months after Rapsody's much-celebrated She Got Game mixtape, a sign to listeners that she hasn't slowed down one bit in the meantime. Up next for Rapsody is the forthcoming Kooley High project - which will be executively produced by 9th Wonder - followed by her sophomore album, and a collaborative project with labelmate GQ - something definitely worth watching for. For more on Rapsody, make sure to check out our interview with her. Stream "Mass Hysteria" below.
At long last, Rapsody's She Got Game is here, and the title says it all. With 16 tracks and nearly as many features, Rapsody holds her own alongside the likes of Common ("Feel Like (Love Love)"), Raekwon ("Coconut Oil"), Phonte and Jay Electronica ("Jedi Code"), Mac Miller ("Generation"), Ab-Soul and Nipsey Hussle ("Never Know"), Wale ("Dark Knights"), Chance The Rapper ("Lonely Thoughts"), and everyone else she brings along for the ride. The production is handled largely by 9th Wonder and the Soul Council - including Khrysis, Eric G, E. Jones, and Ka$h - but also features production from D12's Mr. Porter and the legendary DJ Premier. Overall, the mixtape showcases a continued increase in confidence from Rapsody on the mic - as seen on tracks like "Thank You Very Much", "Never Fail" and "Jedi Code", the sheer bravado we saw from Rapsody on The Idea of Beautiful's "NonFiction" is back in full effect, and she's got the lyrical skills to back it up. What's more surprising to me is the sheer amount of thematic depth on She Got Game. When I had interviewed Rapsody, she downplayed any notion of She Got Game being a serious project:
Rapsody: It’s nothing that we really overthought, we just wanted to put out some more music. And 9th said, “people, they just wanna hear you rap.” I’m doing another album that’s coming out in the fall, so this is just something like me getting in the booth and having fun, getting all different kinds of beats and rapping on them, and working with some artists that I’ve wanted to work with. So I just wanted to put out something else and contribute to the new [laughs].The unexpected depth to these songs - shown on tracks like "Lonely Thoughts", "Generation" and "Special Way" - is an absolute bonus on the mixtape. It also goes to show that although Rapsody may have all the confidence in the world on the mic, she remains humble throughout. Final observation: Rapsody's got game. Enough rambling, though. Stream and download She Got Game below.