By Carlos Lima-Lopez
Rapsody is one of those rare MC’s that pours out her verses like a well-balanced meal; she starts off open and vulnerable, like a hungry patron sitting scouring a menu in hopes of an appetizer and before you know what hits you, you’ve finished your entree, full off of her lyrical brilliance and vibrance. If you were to focus solely on Rapsody’s choice of beats, you’d be impressed that they always range from soulful, to funky hard-edged, but writing hardly does this justice. When you actually hear her slay those beats, I mean wow. I’m saying wow not because she’s a talented woman which she is, but because you hear her passion shine, and that ladies and gentlemen, well, that’s the real treat.
North Carolina’s Rapsody is shaping up to be Hip-Hop’s freshest new hero, and perhaps for some that is no surprise. She is signed to Grammy Winning 9th Wonder’s Jamla imprint, has released two albums, several mixtapes, and she is respected from the likes of Common, Jean Grae, Jay Electronica and Pharoahe Monch, just to name a few. You’ve gotta figure that pretty soon, Jay Z will be singing her praises.
With a true hustlers mantra, “Culture over Everything” Rapsody has won the respect of thousands of fans and that’s partly because of her warm personality. Rapsody’s known for her down to Earth persona and her commitment to Hip-Hop is inspirational.
Now with a new EP, which to me feels very complete, Rapsody continues to show her lyrical prowess on the mic, and showcase a little something extra. There’s the banger, “Godzilla”, going in on bars, showing her metaphorical monstrosity. “Coming for You” is exactly what Rapsody wants you to know, and that she is here to stay and make an eternal name in Hip-Hop.
Then there are moments in the EP that just might touch your heart. The mournful sounding “Hard To Choose” has Raps attempting to make the distinction between her artistic endeavors or being an artist with commercial success like Lil Wayne. On,“The Man” it’s a tragedy, which sounds like the painful narrative of a disadvantaged male black youth.
There’s no question that Rapsody wins points for being herself in a music industry where women are told sex sells, and have to keep up that image. If not, no doubt they get the proverbial guillotine and their careers are kaput. She’s fearless and confident and that’s what makes her so damn amazing. It will be amazing when she makes a guest appearance on Jay Z’s next album, personally.