Busta Rhymes Says Rapsody’s New Album Is The Best Hip-Hop LP He’s Heard In 10 Years
Rapsody continues to raise her stock as one of Rap’s most lyrically gifted MCs. The North Carolina native has a new album titled Laila’s Wisdom (September 22), which features a Barry White-inspired verse from Busta Rhymes on “You Should Know.” Bussa Buss even took to his socials this week to live up to their collaboration title by praising her album as one of the best Hip-Hop albums — male or female — that he’s heard in 10 years.
Rapsody was quite humbled by Hip-Hop’s hit-making “dungeon dragon” and responded via her Twitter account to his honorable statement.
Laila’s Wisdom is Rapsody’s first full-length since signing with Roc Nation and third career solo LP for 9th Wonder’s Jamla Records. Last fall, she released Crown, which featured Anderson .Paak, Raphael Saadiq, and Ab-Soul.
Busta’s remarks come during a month and year where women are making history on the charts and among the critics. Rapsody told Ambrosia For Heads last week that she does not want to be compared against women, or simply classified as a “female rapper.”: “A lot of times it’s used today as a way to separate you. It just feels like, ‘Let me put you in the “Other” box. I have to label you a female.’ It kind of takes away from you just being a dope MC. I feel like when I was growing up, during that era, it was a badge of honor. I feel like there was some sisterhood and pride that went along with it because you had so many women out at the same time and they all were different. They worked together a lot, too. There was a pride in being a woman and it didn’t feel like you were as separated… When they were coming up, that was just some pride and strength and power in being labeled a female rapper. It’s changed now. It’s like we went from this era to that and it’s like ‘Women can’t rap and we only need you to be video vixens and for the look,’ And when we came back and tried to resurface, it had this negative connotation to it like, we were less than or other than. I think that’s the reason I shy away from it.” Thus, Busta Rhymes’ choice to not use gender in his statement is a strong one.
On a related note, last month Busta Rhymes released Dancehall-inspired new single “Girlfriend,” featuring Vybz Kartel and Tory Lanez.
Bonus Beat: AFH‘s Justin “The Company Man” Hunte’s latest TBD episode “Women In Rap Are Back,” features commentary from Rapsody, (onetime Busta Rhymes protege) Rah Digga, and others
Other TBD episodes.