Rapsody “The Man”

One of Rapsody’s most powerful singles gets a new video release this week, on the heels of her being the lone rap feature on the (arguable) frontrunner for Rap Album of the Year, To Pimp A Butterfly.

With Cam Be at the helm, you know you’re in for some crispy shots and that’s certainly the case here as a variety of scenes play out the lyrics that Rapsody recites to the camera. Great cityscape shots throughout too. Open your eyes and ears to Rapsody’s anthem for young men growing up without fathers, “The Man”, up above.

Kendrick Lamar ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ out now

UPDATE: Explicit version now available. Phew! Now, this is actually a good strategy. I’ve long wanted an artist to set a date and then surprise everyone ahead of the leak and just release the album. The euphoria of a pleasant surprise adds to a favorable experience.

But dang, looks like it wasn’t a purposeful early release.

https://twitter.com/dangerookipawaa/status/577323884497620993

Anywho, have at it everyone and stream it conveniently here below.

Also, here is the tracklist written out with the newly revealed features. Good to see Bilal a couple times (including the Thundercat track that was premiered on Colbert) as well as James Fauntleroy. Rap features from Snoop Dogg, Rapsody, and curiously no one from TDE.

01. “Wesley’s Theory” f/ George Clinton & Thundercat
02. “For Free? (Interlude)”
03. “King Kunta”
04. “Institutionalized” f/ Bilal, Anna Wise & Snoop Dogg
05. “These Walls” f/ Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat
06. “U”
07. “Alright”
08. “For Sale? (Interlude)”
09. “Momma”
10. “Hood Politics”
11. “How Much A Dollar Cost” f/ James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley
12. “Complexion (A Zulu Love)” f/ Rapsody
13. “The Blacker The Berry”
14. “You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)”
15. “i”
16. “Mortal Man”

Here’s my snarky comments when only the clean version dropped for about an hour before the explicit followed. Perhaps it’ll also put the tweet up above in better context.

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It’s out now… you can buy it on iTunes… but it’s the clean version. I’ll pass until the explicit drops. Hopefully it’s soon after posting time because really, who wants to listen to a clean rap album?

Surprise releasing your album a week early but it’s the clean version?!

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Rapsody “Godzilla”

Rapsody and Jamla Records invaded South Africa not too long ago and one of the results of the trip is this new music video for “Godzilla”, directed by Cam Be.

Cam kills it from the opening frame with a timelapse of the entire flight from the States to Africa. Whaaaat! I had to run it back already.

The video then proceeds with a mix of clips from Rapsody’s sold-out performance, meeting new fans, and action shots amidst the daylight and culture. See if you can catch every slick NBA reference in the rhymes as well. Very cool, all the way around.

Rapsody “Drama” (dir. Cam Be)

The latest Jamla release was Rapsody’s new EP, Beauty and the Beast, and to continue to promote that project, she drops the video for “Drama” today, shot by our longtime collaborator Cam Be. Rapsody gets crewed up for the video and spits an abundance of slick nods to famous figures along the way. Her sports allusions in the 2nd verse really got me. The video features all-centered looks at Rapsody, either individually or with her crew. The editing nicely turns up a notch at the end so press play and keep an eye and ear open all the way through.

Rapsody “Hard To Choose” (prod. 9th Wonder)

Rapsody describes her inner battle between choosing to confirm to a target audience or a different demographic amongst other hard choices on this new 9th Wonder produced cut off Beauty And The Beast. Get inside the mind of a lyricist with the many thoughts of doing this or doing that in a cool, conceptual record below. Her EP drops October 7th.