LP Includes Guest Appearances From Phonte, Mac Miller, Raekwon, Ab-Soul, Raheem Devaughn And Production From 9th Wonder & Khrysis
Rapsody’s ‘The Idea Of Beautiful’ Will Be Released On 8-28-2012 Via Jamla Records
What’s your Idea Of Beautiful and how does a female make a name for herself in what remains a male dominated industry? By blazing a trail for a new generation of emcees and celebrating the culture of a Hip-Hop renaissance.
Rapsody is the protégé of Grammy-Award winning producer 9th Wonder and the first lady of North Carolina super-crew Kooley High and one of the first artists signed to 9th Wonder’s Jamla Records/It’s A Wonderful World Music Group. As the brainchild of 9th Wonder’s true school resurgence, Rapsody consistently sets the bar high for all emcees; male and female alike.
Paying homage to her Hip-Hop godmothers (MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Lauryn Hill), this Snow Hill, North Carolina native represents much more then the female side of Hip-Hop Culture beyond the lines of gender, proving that anything the boys can do, Rapsody can do too; and better!
After proving her impeccable craftsmanship with features on 9th Wonder’s Dream Merchant 2, (“20 Feet Tall” f/ Erykah Badu)and her numerous Kooley High performances, Rapsody released her debut mixtape, Return Of The B-Girl, in late 2010 and it was a 20-track project boasting production from 9th Wonder, DJ Premier and features from Big Daddy Kane, Mac Miller, Skyzoo, Rah Digga and more. Her sophomore mixtape, Thank H.E.R. Now, was released in 2011 and featured collaborations with Jean Grae, MURS, Raekwon, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius and Big K.R.I.T. and her most recent mixtape, For Everything, which included guest spots from Kendrick Lamar & Freeway.
While she is currently on tour with 9th Wonder and Phonte, Rapsody has captivated audiences at sold-out performances at dozens of venues on ‘The Incredibly Dope’ tour with Mac Miller, the ‘L-R-Generation’ tour with Freddie Gibbs and the ‘Mic Fest’ tour with 9th Wonder and her fellow Jamla Record label mates and after sharing the stage with Hip-Hop legends and rising stars alike (Raekwon, Big Daddy Kane, J. Cole, Wale, Colin Munroe, The Clipse, Blu & Exile) Rapsody is ready to join those esteemed colleagues and become the star she was destined to be.
Rapsody’s debut LP, The Idea Of Beautiful, takes a deeper look at the many connotations that the word “beautiful” evokes in our society and the lengths we go to embody those traits. Rapsody wastes little time delivering her message, as her style is both polished and distinct and her wordplay and flow exceed anyone’s definition of “beautiful” in both delivery and execution. As Rapsody continues to strive too contend with her pedigreed predecessors, she proves with The Idea Of Beautiful that she is well on her way to becoming one of the most promising artists in today’s Hip-Hop culture.
The first leak, “Non-Fiction” f/Ab-Soul & Raheem Devaughn (produced by 9th Wonder) from Rapsody’s The Idea Of Beautiful can be heard here: http://soundcloud.com/jamlaarmy/rapsody-nonfiction-ft-raheem
You can also read a very in-depth feature on Rapsody courtesy of Life + Times: http://lifeandtimes.com/ladies-first-rapsody
Tracklisting and credits for Rapsody’s The Idea Of Beautiful:
1.) Motivation f/ Big Rube of the Dungeon Family (produced by Khrysis)
2.) Precious Wings (produced by Eric G)
3.) Believe Me (produced by 9th Wonder)
4.) Non-Fiction f/ Raheem DeVaughn & Ab-Soul (produced by 9th Wonder)
5.) The Drums (produced by 9th Wonder)
6.) Kinda Love f/ Nomsa Mazwai (produced by 9th Wonder)
7.) Celebrate (produced by E. Jones)
8.) Destiny (produced by Khrysis)
9.) Good Ol’ Love f/ BJ The Chicago Kid (produced by 9th Wonder)
10.) In The Town f/ Nomsa Mazwai (produced by 9th Wonder)
11.) Round Table Discussion f/ Mac Miller & The Cool Kids (produced by 9th Wonder)
12.) The Cards f/ Big Remo (produced by Amp)
13.) Beautiful Music f/ Phonte (produced Ka$h)
14.) When I Have You f/ Nomsa Mazwai (produced by 9th Wonder)
*****Bonus Track: Believe Me (HaHaHaHa Remix) (produced by 9th Wonder)