Rapsody announces new album ‘Eve,’ shares song ft. GZA & D’Angelo
Rapsody is following 2017's great Laila’s Wisdom with her third album, Eve, on August 23 via Jamla/Roc Nation. Rapsody tells Essence that the album is "my ode to the women in my life who have made me who I am, but at the same time I realize it’s bigger than me," and it features songs named after Nina Simone, Oprah Winfrey, Aaliyah, Whoopi Goldberg, and Ibtihaj Muhammad. There's also a song named after the female Egyptian pharaoh Hatshepsut that features Queen Latifah. Here's more from the Essence interview:
With this one, I wanted to talk about how important it is to have representation, to have women—Black women—you can look to in your life, whether it’s your mother or your sister, or you turn on the TV and you look at The Cosby Show’s Phylicia Rashad or Cicely Tyson, and now Issa Rae or Yara Shahidi. To have examples you can draw from who look like you—that inspires you and feeds you.
She also later adds:
Women are realizing that we can support each other,” she says. “We can talk life and good things into each other. We can compete musically because we all should compete musically. The dope thing about that is, you can hear somebody’s album and be like, ‘Wow, that was amazing. I want to make something better than that,’ and vice versa. You put that out and they’re like, ‘Wow, that’s dope.’ When you compete like that, it helps the art, and outside of that, you still can respect each other and love what each one brings to the table.
Ibtihaj Muhammad -- who became the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics -- is the inspiration behind the new single "Ibtihaj." The song was produced by frequent Rapsody collaborator 9th Wonder and samples GZA's "Liquid Swords," and it also features GZA, along with D'Angelo who sings lyrics from "Liquid Swords" on this track. It comes with a video -- that premiered today in Times Square with Rapsody and fans present -- directed by Jay Scorsese that pays homage to New York and Muslim women of color and features Roxanne Shanté and Mary J. Blige. Watch/listen below.