By Cameron Lee
August 23, 2019
Snow Hill, North Carolina’s Rapsody has released the follow-up to her 2017 Grammy-nominated Best Album with her third studio full-length, Eve. The concept album that pays tribute to several iconic Black women, Eve is a 16-song poetic composition filled with razor sharp bars and several notable features. Setting the tone with “Sojourner,” released in late 2018 featuring J. Cole, Eve is Rapsody’s best work yet, or at least her most important.
The Roc Nation/Jamla signee and protege of 9th Wonder is hitting her stride and she’s shining the light on significant women like Nina Simone, Michelle Obama, Aaliyah, Serena Williams, Oprah Winfrey, and Whoopi Goldberg. One of the biggest surprises on the album is the rare feature from the legendary Queen Latifah on “Hatshepsut,” who many may forget was once considered to be the best in her class.
The album has a refined sound, from the air-tight and soulful production by 9th Wonder to the sleek aesthetics in her video for “Ibtihaj,” which features D’Angelo and GZA. While the album’s headlines will most likely be dominated by the monumental big-name features and the Phil Collins echoing sample on “Cleo,” Eve also showcases some of hip-hop’s budding stars like Leikeli47 on “Oprah” and J.I.D on “Iman.”
Listen to the new album Eve by Rapsody.