Rapsody Talks Working With Kendrick Lamar, Creating Balance Among Female Emcees, & Nicki Minaj's Talent (VIDEO)


(AllHipHop News) Serious Hip Hop heads have probably been familiar with North Carolina emcee Rapsody for years, but the 9th Wonder protegé reached a more widespread audience thanks to an appearance on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly. During an interview with Hot 97, Rapsody talked about collaborating with K. Dot on “Complexion (A Zulu Love).”

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“He said,’Everybody’s beautiful – black or white. But I really want to do something for us, for our folks.’ He didn’t have to explain it. I got it off the back,” said Rapsody. “The conversation was real short. He sent the track with my part, and that’s all I heard. I didn’t hear anything else.”

To help further introduce herself to the larger public, Rapsody is re-releasing her 2014 EP Beauty And The BeastEven with the new-found fame, the Jamla Records signee says fan should not expect her image to change.

“We have enough women who want to display the sexy side, and that’s okay. I’m here to create balance,” stated Rap. “When I grew up, I had MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Missy [Elliott], Lauryn [Hill], and they all had their own flavor and style. I want to be relatable… I’m just here for the everyday girl next door.”

Rapsody went on to name Ill Camille, Noname Gypsy, and Tink among her favorite new female rappers. She added that she is not as fond of the more mainstream acts.

“I listen to some mainstream things. It just doesn’t appeal to me,” she responded. “There’s some Nicki songs that I like. She can spit. That’s undeniable.”

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Watch Rapsody’s interview and freestyle below.