A Hip-Hop Golden Child Coming For Her Crown
USA TODAY rounds up six rappers you should have on your radar, one being Jamla's own Rapsody.
Ready why Time Magazine says Rapsody is one of 7 Female Rappers you should be listening to now.
HipHopDX Premiere. Rapsody reminds everyone that she's long surpassed Freshman status with the new visuals for "Betty Shabazz."
XXL Editor-in-Chief weighs in on why Rapsody wasn't a Freshman. What do you think?
Rapsody releases the lyrical "Roses" produced by Khrysis.
XXL names Rapsody one of the 20 Best Female Emcees of all time.
Video world premiere for #ThankYouVeryMuch via Complexmag.com
Rapsody remixed Pusha T's Numbers On The Board. Listen Now.
Rapsody shares her "out of the blue" moment with Bentura Moscato in the March issue of XXL.
Follow 9th Wonder's tenure at Harvard University in this new Kenneth Price film.
New Music Seminar announced their “Class of 2014″ which included 100 up and comping artists including Rapsody.
To give listeners a taste of what Jamla has to offer, 9th Wonder releases Jamla is the Squad.
XXL: Jay-Z and Rapsody smile for the camera.
Produced by 9th Wonder, listen to the second release from #JamlaIsTheSquad via RapRadar.com
The first release from #JamlaIsTheSquad compilation
The Fader: Rapsody's She Got Game Mixtape hosted by DJ Drama is now available for download.
Rapsody was influence by a wide array of artist from Michael Jackson and Luther Vandross, to Patti Labelle and her mother’s favorite, Tina Turner. When she first saw MC Lyte’s “Poor George” video is when she says she knew she wanted to rhyme as she quoted, “Lyte showed me that women could do this and be just as good as the guys”. She is was also heavily influence by Queen Latifah, A Tribe Called Quest, The Fugees, Nas, The Notorious B.I.G, Little Brother, Jean Grae, Common, and Mos Def to name a few. But, she credits Jay-Z and Lauryn Hill as having the biggest influence on her of all artist. Outside of music, artist like Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou, Phylicia Rashad, Cicley Tyson, Ruby Dee, and her parents had a large influence on her character.
In 2006, Rapsody along with Charlie Smarts, Tab-One, The Sinopsis, Foolery and DJ Ill Digitz formed Kooley High, which was the start of her music career. While at NC State, they started a hip hop organization by the name of H2O for the sole purpose to create, share and have fun. Boy, they could’ve never imagined where that organization would lead them. For more on Kooley High visit www.kooleyhigh.com
The summer of 2005, Rapsody wrote and recorded her first two songs for a compilation with the organization, H2O. At that moment, group member Foolery was shadowing the legendary 9th Wonder and invited him to have a first listen to the project and lend any advice he deemed necessary. As lone female Rapsody’s two songs played, coupled with a few pointers, 9th simply replied “she’s a star”.
After seeing her perform and several meetings, Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder signed Rapsody to his label, Jamla Records in 2008. The label is made of Big Remo, Actual Proof, GQ, HaLo, The Away Team, Heather Victoria, and TP, as well as a production team by the name of, The Soul Council with producers Khrysis, Amp, Kash, E. Jones, Eric G and Fatin. For more info on Jamla visit www.jamlarecords.com
The world got it’s first big Rapsody listening by way of hidden interludes on 9th Wonder’s 2007 release, Dream Merchant II, in which she never gave her name. This made it a mystery until her first solo release in 2010 with the mixtape, Return of the B-Girl. The project featured Big Daddy Kane, Mac Miller, Rah Digga, among others and production by 9th Wonder, The Soul Council, and DJ Premier. This would also mark the first of many recordings with Pittsburg emcee, Mac Miller.
The summer of 2011, following the release of her second mixtape, Thank H.E.R. Now, Rapsody embarked on a three week tour opening for Mac Miller on The Incredibly Dope Tour. This project would also spawn their second recording and one of fan’s favorite, Extra Extra. In addition to Mac Miller, the tape also featured guest appearances from Phonte, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius, Jean Grae, Murs, Big K.R.I.T., and Raekwon among others.
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 Source devoted an article on Rapsody and The Idea of Beautiful. In the article, they write,”For her debut project, The Idea of Beautiful captures the essence of Hip-Hop culture without compromise”, and dubbed her a “Rising Venus” in their Dec/Jan issue. XXL stated, “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, they 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.”
Rapsody has headlined Hot 97′s Who’s Next, performed BET Music Matters Showcases, as well as showcased her talents via a live show on BET’s 106 and Park. In 2013 she performed at Rock The Bells, and was a highlight in the BET Hip Hop Awards cypher. She’s shared the stage with legends and rising stars alike, 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.
On August 20, 2013 Rapsody released her sixth studio project, titled She Got Game, a Gangsta Grillz mixtape hosted by DJ Drama. The project features a star studded cast in Raekwon, Common, Ab-Soul, Nipsey Hussle, Chance The Rapper, Raheem DeVaughn, Mac Miller, Jared Evan, Wale, Mela Machinko, Problem, Gwen Bunn, and others. It was very well received by audiences receiving “Mixtape of the Year” runner-up recognition by Hip Hop DX, and XXL wrote “it’s quite the understatement to say that Rapsody is going to be the next hot rapper—she already is”.