Known best for killing freestyles and her appearance on Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp a Butterfly, Rapsody is back with her Crown EP. Now signed to Roc Nation, the MC catapults back into the game with her first project since 2014. Features include Ab-Soul, Raphael Saadiq, and Anderson Paak with production by 9th Wonder, Nottz, Khrysis. Listen below on AudioMack.
After premiering their cover art on Jimmy Fallon, Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder team up to drop their new album Indie 500. Featuring Jamla’s Rapsody, Pharoahe Monch, Problem, Bad Lucc and Khyrsis, the work is now available for streaming. Listen below.
After holding her own with a standout verse on Kendrick Lamar’s “Complexion,” Rapsody‘s name has been buzzing more than ever. Watch the North Carolina MC’s video for “Hard to Choose” (produced by 9th Wonder) off her Beauty and the Beast EP released last year.
After getting long-deserved recognition for her verse on Kendrick Lamar‘s “Complexion,” Rapsody has teamed up with producer Mr. Porter (D–12) and Scram Jones on a new track called “Told Y’All.” The song will be on Mr. Porter‘s Stuff In My Backpack.
Watch the new video for the track “Thank You Very Much” by Rapsody.
Though the North Carolina MC fell in love with Hip Hop after watching MC Lyte’s cautionary “Poor Georgie” video, Rapsody did not decide to seriously pursue music until college. She followed her passion by deciding on North Carolina State, but when she arrived, the days when Hip Hop permeated throughout the university were gone. Instead of attending campus shows once headlined by A Tribe Called Quest and the Wu-Tang Clan, a Country act was taking the stage at homecoming.
Discouraged by the lack of Hip Hop appreciation, she founded H2O: The Hip Hop Organization with her friend, Charlie Smarts. “It was his idea. We had a meeting about it and called some friends. You had to have a certain amount of members before you could start it,” she explains.
After joining group Kooley High, she was inspired to share her solo music at club gatherings. Well-known and respected producer 9th Wonder attended one of the meetings and realized she had strong potential after listening to her tracks. He encouraged her to study Jay-Z’s Black Album and A Tribe Called Quest’s Low End Theory to improve her cadence and delivery.
After battling thyroid issues and struggling financially fresh out of college, Rapsody paid the bills by writing verses and worked part-time at Foot Locker where her music videos were shown. “I had a really flexible schedule. I could pretty much come in and leave whenever I wanted to. I probably should have been fired, but they really supported me.” The Snow Hill rapper pulled through adversity and recorded Return of the B-Girl in 2010.