The New York rapper’s 2016 mixtape gains a remaster and eight unreleased tracks on this first-time CD and double vinyl edition. At a career point where others might feel happy to start making concessions to the mainstream, Destiny Frasqueri maintains her unflinching individualism and uncompromising feminism, and refuses to dumb down the complexities of her Afro-Latin background. A set of air-punchingly uplifting and direct lyrics delivered in a versatile style over raw underground productions.
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As is the case with every good rap record that comes out, we’re several eons late with Princess Nokia’s ‘new’ one, further proving how useless our beloved physical media is when it comes to this here modern day. Nokia’s been turning heads for a very, very long time and this one initially came out as a tape in 2016. An expansion pack on the original, her conversational and autobiographical flow straddles the line, trading quick goofs for stream-of-conscious confrontation.
Opening with the hilarious “Bart Simpson” and going in from then with hook-laden (and often hook-exclusive) tunes, this record offers a hell of a lot star power, Nokia having announced herself with pulsing tunes like the booming but intricately layered “Tomboy”, which becomes a festival of noisy interpolations and verses run ad nauseum -- it grows, kinda weirdly, out of its catchy repetitive shell. The trap comes heavy and the horror synths express the periphery Nokia dangles on, between ominous and gleeful, on the carefree and callous “Kitana”.
A quick overview since it’s been out longer than we’ve been stupid (a really long time), but you need to check in on this one if you haven’t already -- it goes into all sorts of places that'll appeal to fans of beatwork new 'n' old
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