When people talk about Rapsody, they tend to talk about how she can really rap (like we did when we put her on our top albums of 2017 list). That's also what Statik Selektah talked about when he announced her set at Mass Appeal and Netflix's "Live at the BBQ" SXSW showcase at Stubb's on Saturday night, and Rapsody went on to play a set that reinforced just how good she is at the art form. A handful of other rappers on that show relied on a backing track, but not Rapsody. Other than on hooks, the only voice you were hearing was hers and her athletic style cut right through the mix. Rapsody's music can often be more cerebral than danceable, but she still managed to have the very packed crowd moving. She was also inspirational with her stage banter, and gave a powerful speech to the women in the crowd about being absolutely anything you want to be and never letting gender be a qualifier ("don't call me a female rapper, don't call me a female emcee... call me a BEAST").

This year's "Live at the BBQ" was celebrating the launch of Netflix's new rap documentary series Rapture, which premiered at SXSW film festival and is set to hit Netflix on March 30. Rapsody was one of a few artists on the showcase that also has an upcoming episode of Rapture, and today, the trailer for Rapsody's episode came out. It features live footage of Rapsody and interview clips about her discussing the hurdles that women face in hip hop and her desire to be taken seriously for the highly talented MC she is, regardless of gender. Watch below.

The series also features episodes with Nas and Dave East, T.I., Logic, G-Eazy, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, 2 Chainz and Just Blaze. T.I., Dave East, and Just Blaze also all played "Live at the BBQ." Stay tuned for more coverage of that showcase.

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