RAPSODY IS TAKING THE STAGE AT THIS YEAR'S ONE MUSICFEST
By: Civonne Ray
[*Views expressed are solely the opinion of the author]
Reppin' strong for the female emcee’s in the game, Rapsody is on a different level when it comes to hip-hop
North Carolina native Rapsody first made her debut on producer, 9th Wonder’s sophomore album “The Dream Merchant Volume 2” which led to the launching of her solo career in 2008 and signing with his label “It’s a Wonderful World Music Group.” With her intricate rhyme patterns and wordplay, it’s evident that Rapsody relies heavily on the culture of Hip Hop over everything.
Her breakthrough in the rap game came with her first mixtape “Return of the B-Girl” produced by legendary hip-hop producer DJ Premier in 2010. She’s collaborated with several notable artists on her projects such as Big Daddy Kane, Big K.R.I.T., Raekwon, Marsha Ambrosius, Estelle, Anderson.Paak, and Chance The Rapper. Her 2011 project “For Everything” garnered the attention of XXL and landed her music in the magazine’s “Bangers” section.
That same year she toured with Mac Miller on his “Incredibly Dope Tour” and was apart of the “Phonte and 9th Wonder Tour ”. She’s notably recognized for being featured on Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” track “Complexion (A Zulu Love).”
As of 2016, she signed with Jay-z’s record label, Roc Nation before releasing her latest project [and two timed Grammy-nominated album], “Laila’s Wisdom.”
With musical influences like Lauryn Hill and MC Lyte, Rapsody delivered a body of work with solid beats layered and intricate storytelling bars. Her delivery on the album shows how hungry she was to succeed in the rap industry; From spewing commentary on social events and personal experiences over quality jazz rap instrumentation, the emcee didn't hold back.
It was a stellar album exceeding expectations and leaving many looking forward to what’s in store for the female emcee.
Present day, Rapsody is featured on the Netflix hip-hop series, “Rapture” elaborating on how she’s raising the bar with her words of empowerment and the need to be a positive representation for young girls to look up to.
DID YOU KNOW ...
While attending NC State University, she joined Hip Hop collective H20
Rapsody also joined the collective's spinoff group,Kooley High, which is how she met 9th Wonder.
Her 2017 studio album “Laila’s Wisdom” was named after her grandmother Laila Ray.
Rapsody is a major Duke Fan.
Since she was 8, she watched the team victory over UNLV before defeating Kansans University in the 1991 NCAA title game, claiming the first National Championship in school history.
To see Rapsody hit the stage
and more of your favorite artists, be sure to grab your ONE Musicfest tickets and meet us on the lawn September 8-9.