RAPSODY – LAILA’S WISDOM REVIEW
WRITTEN BY CHARLES ODUGBESAN
2 years ago Rapsody was a guest feature on Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ album and arguably outshone the California rapper with her verse on the song ‘Complexion (A Zulu Love)’. A year later the North Carolina native was signed by Jay Z to Roc Nation (this sentence remind you of anyone?). Now following up her Crown EP from November last year she gives us her sophomore studio album Laila’s Wisdom.
I’m calling it now… LAILA’S WISDOM IS A TOP THREE ALBUM OF 2017. Dare I say, if Lauryn Hill had a Hip-Hop predecessor it would be Rapsody. This album has everything. It’s a perfect fusion of the Hip-Hop, Jazz, Soul and R&B genres. Her selection of instrumentals and looped samples give us that old school Hip Hop feel but also offer a carefully arranged spectrum of moods and paces. This is further established through Rapsody’s sheer lyrical ability. She demonstrates the ability to freestyle, use an array of similes and metaphors, story tell and embed real thoughts and feelings into her lyrics, delivering it all with an effortless charm and humour. No song on the album felt forced or even difficult to make.
From Kendrick Lamar to Amber Navran, the featured artists in Laila’s Wisdom were perfected in sync with the project and served only to compliment Rapsody. Anderson Paak and BJ the Chicago Kid (who featured in 4 songs on the album) in particular showed great chemistry with her and provided a wonderful balance of RnB and Soul to the Hip-Hop melting pot.
Rapsody is a rapper who prides herself in giving substance in her music and being able to not only entertain her fans but to show vulnerability and teach important lessons through her art, especially to young women. Look at the album title and the artwork. Laila: her grandmother – no doubt a wise teacher in her life. A young girl: vulnerable, young, malleable – subject to as much wealth of knowledge as they care to take in.
It’s a great album people. Go check out Laila’s Wisdom on Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal
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