Rapsody

Rapsody

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9th Wonder's artist, Rapsody's, style is polished and distinct, and her wordplay and flow are unparalleled in both delivery and execution. Rapsody is already undeniably one of the strongest and most promising forces in today's hip hop culture.

Biography

Rapsody is the new force in hip hop. She started rapping in the summer of 2005 and now is blazing the trail for a new generation of emcees and showcasing effortless lyrical mastery in a renaissance age of celebrating the culture of hip hop. After seeing her perform and several meetings,Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder signed the first lady of North Carolina super crew Kooley High to his label, Jamla Records, in 2008. Even with Rapsody signing as a solo artist, she is still apart of Kooley High to this day. 9th Wonder also took Rapsody under his wing as his protégé. As the flagship of Jamla Records, Rapsody consistently sets the bar high for all emcees, male and female alike. Paying homage to her hip hop godmothers MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, and Lauryn Hill, this Snow Hill, N.C. native represents much more than just the female side of hip hop culture. She is an emcee who represents hip hop culture beyond the lines of gender and proving that anything the boys can do, she can do too, and better. Her virtuosity and dexterity behind the microphone highlight her presentation, and her humble demeanor attests to her constant pursuit of improvement with every beat and rhyme. ??After proving her impeccable craftsmanship with features on 9th Wonder's Dream Merchant 2 and numerous Kooley High releases, Rapsody made her solo debut on December 7, 2010 with Return of the B-Girl. The project was 20-track “hello world” from Rapsody, boasting production by 9th Wonder and DJ Premier among others and featuring Big Daddy Kane, Mac Miller, Rah Digga, Phil Ade, and more. A published review praised the record: "A poet-turned-rapper, Rapdiddy (as she's dubbed herself) has always possessed outstanding wordplay, but B-Girl finds her effortlessly nimble delivery -- capable of both gritty and biting or sassy and sultry -- continuing to improve."

In Rapsody's sophomore project, Thank H.E.R. Now, she weaved more intimate stories of her personal experiences and shared the studio and soundbooth with heavy hitters Jean Grae, MURS, Raekwon, Estelle, Big K.R.I.T., Marsha Ambrosius, and more. The introspective lyrics and all-star guests continued with her third project, For Everything, which featured Freeway and Kendrick Lamar.

After 3 free street albums, Rapsody was ready to release her official first album, but not before proving, yet again, her emcee prowess. TheBlack Mamba EP was released in early 2012(February 24th). Rapsody continued to showcase her lyrical abilities on all 7 tracks and paid respect to the legends that have passed too soon on the song “Respect Due.” In the spring of 2012, Rapsody joined Phonte and 9th Wonderfor their U.S. tour dates. She gained fans and reached new audiences when she performed at SXSW and Paid Dues 2012. Just weeks before her album's release and during the height of anticipation for it, Rapsody headlined alongside 9th Wonder and Actual Proof two incredible soldout shows in South Africa.

On August 28, 2012, Rapsody's debut album, The Idea of Beautiful, was released. South African recording artist Nomsa Mazwai provided the framework for the sound of the album and is featured on 3 tracks. Other features include Ab Soul, BJ The Chicago Kid, Mac Miller, The Cool Kids, Big Rube, and Childish Gambino. The entire album was produced by 9th Wonder & The Soul Council.
The 255th issue of The Source devoted an article on Rapsody and The Idea of Beautiful. In the article, they write,"For her debut project, The Idea of Beautiful, Rap captures the essence of Hip-Hop culture without compromise", and dubbed her a "Rising Venus" in their Dec/Jan issue. XXL's review said, "…if you want an emcee with the potential to create gold records that go beyond just numbers, then Rapsody is your dame." On the website, onwaxmagazine.com, their reviewer wrote,"not since Ms. Hill's Miseducation has a female MC released a debut as equally cohesive and groundbreaking as Rapsody's The Idea of Beautiful." To promote the album, Rapsody has appeared on DJ Enuff's The Rush Hour on Hot 97, and BET's 106 & Park.

All the accolades for The Idea of Beautiful have not effected Rapsody's tireless work ethic. Only stopping to grab some fruit snacks on the way to Bright Lady Studios, Rapsody's verses can be heard on 9th Wonder & Murs's The Final Adventure and 9th Wonder & Buckshot's The Solution. She headlined Hot 97's Who's Next on October 3, 2012 and performed at A3C 's BET Music Matters Showcase. After which, she was named a BET Music Matters Artist.

Rapsody has shared the stage with hip hop legends and rising stars alike, including Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan, Big Daddy Kane, J. Cole, Wale, Colin Munroe, Tanya Morgan, Suede of Camp Lo, Blu and Exile, and The Clipse, but it's her ability to captivate diverse audiences with her explosively dynamic live performance that sets her apart and has earned her much-deserved recognition from major media sources includingVibe, The Source, XXL, HipHopDX, and more.

Discography

Albums:

The Idea of Beautiful
released August 28, 2012

EPs:

The Black Mamba
For Everything
Thank H.E.R. Now
Return of The B-Girl

Singles:

Extra Extra ft Mac Miller
Baby Yea ft Marsha Ambrosious
Fly Girl Power ft Estelle
Rock The Bells ft Kendrick Lamar
All Black Everything
ABC
The Drums ft Heather Victoria
Believe Me
Non-Fiction ft Ab-Soul
Round Table Discussion ft Mac Miller & The Cool Kids