Rapsody opening Big K.R.I.T. tour; new album & “Nina” video out now
Rapsody is one of the hardest rappers in the game, and her last album Laila’s Wisdom was one of the best albums of that year (2017) in any genre, but even with all that and a Grammy nod, she still remains often underrated and overlooked. That would probably be disheartening for any artist who puts their all into it like Rapsody does, but she’s not letting it slow her down. Instead, she’s back just two years later with a new album that manages to go even harder.
The album is dedicated to powerful women throughout history, and each song is named after a different female icon, including fellow musicians, actresses, athletes, politicians, and even an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. The album itself is called Eve, named after the first famous woman of them all. Through Rapsody’s lyrics and a few spoken word interludes, Eve tackles life as a woman — and often specifically life as a black woman — from several angles, from the still-felt impact of slavery to the injustices that occur in everyday life today. The album opens with a song called “Nina,” beginning with a pitched-up sample of Nina Simone’s version of the anti-lynching song “Strange Fruit,” and then Rapsody comes in, dropping tough, deft bars that set the tone and theme for the entire album… [Notable Releases]
Rapsody just dropped her new album Eve, and if you haven’t heard it yet, I can’t recommend it enough — it’s one of the best rap records in recent memory (that’s an except of my review for Notable Releases above). In more exciting news, she was added as a support act to Big K.R.I.T.‘s “From the South With Love Tour.” That includes the NYC show happening November 5 at Webster Hall (tickets). All dates are listed below.
As mentioned, Rapsody opens one more upcoming date of Common‘s tour (the Austin show). Common also plays a co-headlining Highland Park, IL show this month with Queen Latifah, who is on Rapsody’s new album.
Stream the new Rapsody album and watch the just-released video for the great album opener “Nina,” which is named for Nina Simone and features a sample of “Strange Fruit,” below.
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Rapsody — 2019 Tour Dates
8/27/19 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at Moody Theater w/ Common
10/4/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
10/5/19 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
10/6/19 – Santa Ana, California – The Observatory
10/8/19 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
10/9/19 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
10/11/19 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
10/12/19 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
10/16/19 – Denver, CO – Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
10/17/19 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
10/18/19 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
10/19/19 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
10/22/19 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre
10/23/19 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
10/25/19 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
10/26/19 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II
10/27/19 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
10/29/19 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
10/30/19 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
11/1/19 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
11/2/19 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore Silver Spring
11/4/19 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
11/5/19 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
11/7/19 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
11/8/19 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
11/9/19 – Charlotte, NC – Fillmore Charlotte
11/10/19 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
11/12/19 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
11/13/19 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City Bham
11/14/19 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
11/15/19 – Jackson, MS – Hal and Mal’s Club
11/16/19 – Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy
10/4 – 11/16: with Big K.R.I.T.