In recent years, the North Carolina rapper Rapsody has become a favorite among hip-hop fans with an old-school sensibility. She’s a rapper who prefers to spit over rich, soulful production from the likes of 9th Wonder.
Rapsody’s new album Eve is out today. It features two of her recent all-star collaborations, “Sojourner” with J. Cole and “Ibithaj” with GZA and D’Angelo. It does not feature “Phylicia,” the tribute to her mom she released on Mothers’ Day with an assist from Buddy. In keeping with those titles, every song on Eve is named for prominent black women: Oprah, Aaliyah, Maya, Whoopi, Michelle, Tyra, and so on. It’s similar to the guiding concept of Jamila Woods’ Legacy! Legacy!. And come to think of it, a Rapsody x Jamila Woods collab would really hit the spot.
As for the artists who actually do show up on Eve, aside from the aforementioned, there are appearances from Queen Latifah, Leikeli47, Elle Varner, J.I.D, SiR, Mereba, K. Roosevelt, and PJ Morton. The production makes interesting use of some oft-used samples, including Nina Simone’s version of “Strange Fruit” on opening track “Nina” and Uncle Luke’s “I Wanna Rock” on “Serena.”
On the first pass, it’s sounding fantastic.
Stream Eve below.