Rapsody Had One Of The Best 2015’s Imaginable. From Kendrick To Dre, She Reflects…
“My year was awesome,” Rapsody states in her latest interview. The Wilson, North Carolina MC born Marlanna Evans has garnered lots of acclaim in recent years. Her 2012 debut studio album, The Idea Of Beautiful made strong waves in a tipping point year for new Hip-Hop talent. 2013’s She Got Game mixtape was another title that dominated year-end lists, with a host of esteemed peers hopping on board to trade bars with the basketball phenom-turned-MC.
In 2015, Rapsody did not release an album. However, the Jamla Records artist appeared on a #1 LP in Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly. “Complexion (A Zulu Love)” may potentially give Rapsody her first Grammy Award, from an album that was hardly swollen with MC guests. “Opening the year up with being on To Pimp A Butterfly was huge and that happened organically and from me trying to do the best I can. That really opened my eyes, like you don’t have to chase things anymore, just do what you do and it will happen how it happens,” she tells DJ Booth in a newly-published interview. “This whole year has been an example of that, everything has just been falling into place. I used to make goals for the next year, but this year I’ve been letting everything naturally happen.” During the in-depth interview, Rapsody reflects on jamming with The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, making more music with Big K.R.I.T., and her standout T.P.A.B. appearance.
Reportedly four days after 2015 began, Rapsody got the call to potentially appear on T.P.A.B. Ten months after that, she was in Los Angeles, California working on her own LP, when she ran into collaborator DJ Premier in a recording studio. Only, next to Preemo, was Dr. Dre. After introducing herself to Andre Young (who had his own incredible 2015), the mogul solicited the MC to show her rhyme skills. Listening, Dre—who mentored the likes of The D.O.C., Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Kendrick, offered some words of advice and appreciation to the Beauty and the Beast maker. Reportedly leaving Dre with some recorded vocals for the impromptu session, Rapsody deduces, “I don’t care if he uses that for nothing at all, it was dope.”
In 2015, Rapsody worked with mentor 9th Wonder and Talib Kweli on the Indie 500 album, and she worked on albums by Statik Selektah, Bad Lucc, King Magnetic, and her Jamla label-mate Add-2. Now, she is working on her sophomore album. Staying active at her craft, Rap’ only offered one detail surrounding her forthcoming LP: it features Anderson .Paak, another patiently poised artist who made some major appearances in 2015.
How do you predict Rapsody’s next effort will be received?