Nola Darling

Nola Darling

 Pasadena, California, USA
BandHip HopR&B

Who IS Nola Darling? The dynamic duo, Alex and Jaq, are bringing a new life to Hip Hop and R&B. These two young ladies both rap AND sing, delivering smart, edgy, and playful lyrics, melodic jazz/soul riffs, and surprising old-world flavors remixed with a new-school vibe.

Biography

Hailing from New York and Los Angeles, by way of Haiti & St. Lucia, NOLA DARLING’s sound is new school fresh, yet old world cool. Tongue-in-cheek sensibility and spit-fire flows mashed-up with sweet and siren-like vocals make Alexandra and Jaquita the girls you want to get to know.

Citing The Fugees, Zap Mama, Tanya Stephens, Steel Pulse, Esthero and Salt ‘N Pepa, among many others as strong influences, Alex and Jaq continue to hone their crafts and unique sound. They have collaborated with an impressive and growing list of artist/producers including: Grammy winners Om’mas Keith (Frank Ocean, Erykah Badu) and Shafiq Hussein (Robert Glasper, Erykah Badu), Tim K (Esthero, Tiny Hearts, Dam Funk), and the legendary Kwame (Mary J Blige, Christina Aguilera, Will Smith).

Nola Darling also collaborated with chart topping Australian group, Yolanda Be Cool on the international smash “Change,” for YBC’s debut album, “Ladies and Mentalmen” (Steve Aoki's DIM MAK Records). “Change” has been in heavy rotation on radio stations from Bali to London, to Australia and beyond. The tune hit #1 on the official Korean EDM chart in May 2013.

The ladies of Nola Darling are currently working on top line for an array of up and coming producers as well as writing for their upcoming releases. Stay tuned for much more to come from Alex and Jaq in 2015. 

Discography

Mick Boogie and DJ Treats, "Leaders of the New Cool" mixtape, Complex Magazine
"Coco Rico" (Nola Darling f. Fresh Daily)

P.Casso, "For Your Consideration", High Water Music, released 11/04/08
"Ghost Story" (P. Casso f. Nola Darling, produced by DJ Spinna)

Nola Darling's Pretty-Gritty Mini-Mixtape, released 07/14/08

A-OK! Collective, "My Crew's All Winners": The Mixtape, released July 2008
"Swerve" (2 Hungry Bros with Fresh Daily, Nola Darling, and Homeboy Sandman)
"The Kids" (2 Hungry Bros. with Nola Darling)
"Chat Ms. Deejay (Nola Darling)

Digiwaxx Presents Hip Hop Is Green Vol. 1 Solar Heat released July 2008
"Swerve" (2 Hungry Bros. with Fresh Daily, Nola Darling, and Homeboy Sandman)

2 Hungry Bros., "Table Manners", released May 2008 available on iTunes and CDbaby
"Swerve" (Fresh Daily, Nola Darling, Homeboy Sandman)
"Intro of the Century" (Fresh Daily f. Nola Darling)
"The Kids" (Nola Darling).

Set List

15 Minute Quick Mix

1. La Da Dee* (Nola D stylee)
2. Dem Rude Gals
3. In Hindsight
4. Stay Up
5. Step To Me

20-30 minute set
1. La Da Dee* (Nola D stylee)
2. Dem Rude Gals
3. In Hindsight
4. My Boo/Shawty Swing My Way** (Ghost Town DJ's/KP and Envyi cover)
5. Stay Up
6. Step To Me

*Nola Darling opens the set strong with their own version of Crystal Water's 90's House Classic "She's Homeless (La Da Dee)".

** The classic booty bass songs "My Boo" by Ghost Town DJs and "Shawty Swing My Way" by K.P. and Envyi are resurrected and re-imagined by Nola D.