Rapsody’s Betty Shabazz Shows Her Commanding MC Skills All In One Place On A 9th Wonder Nodder (Video)

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For some Rapsody fans, this week has been bittersweet. With an acclaimed independent album and a show-stopping mixtape under her belt, many Heads were looking to see Rap’s joyful smile grace the upcoming XXL pages for 2014’s annual “Freshmen issue.” The questions and disappointment from some, when the Kooley High alum did not make the list, led to XXL‘s Editor-in-Chief to go as far as to speak about Rapsody’s omission publicly—something atypical for artists and the annual issue/list.

However, even without that one notable accolade this year, Rapsody just kept on planting “Roses,” and 9th Wonder’s Jamla standout maintained business as usual, which has been a career and level of respect that any MC could dream of. So it’s perfect timing for “Betty Shabazz.” The Jamla Is The Squad album standout gets a video. Artfully shot, this song tongue-in-cheek dusts off Rap’s raps as “just spitting,” when in between the simple, ’90s-minded chorus, she kicks science about Hip-Hop history, Black history, and her own personal life and times. After watching a performance like this, with such confidence and grace in one MC, perhaps Rapsody’s already graduated with a diploma in dope…

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