Soulful Sunday: Introducing Rapsody…Taking The Game By Storm!
Soulful music doesn’t have to be a singer giving us every run and adlib they have singing about the love they have, the love they lost, or the love they one day hope to find. Sometimes, you get an artist like Rapsody who just speaks what she feels and in turn, makes you feel it. There you have it: soulful music.
Rapsody, real name Marlenna Evans, is a rapper out of North Carolina who has been quietly doing her thing on the independent scene for about five years. She’s currently signed to fellow North Carolinian 9th Wonder’s label, JAMLA, and together, they are making beautiful music.
RAP, as she’s affectionately known, first jumped in the rap game back in 2008 when she signed with 9th’s old music group. Things were quiet for a couple of years but then, in 2010, she emerged with her first mixtape, Return of the B-Girl. Her talent and association with 9th enabled her to work with legendary artists such as Big Daddy Kane and DJ Premier.
She’s continued to release a mixtape just about every year since, most recently releasing She Got Game, with features from Common and Raekwon. RAP’s ability to play with words and give you clear visuals of what she’s describing makes it hard for anyone to not like her.
Of course, it has become harder and harder to be a woman in the rap game. While, Rapsody has gained a lot of critical acclaim and props from her male counterparts, it has seemingly been a bit of a struggle to garner commercial praise. One of the more important things to new or “new-ish” rappers is to make the XXL “Freshman Class” list and for whatever reason, Rapsody was left off the list (the only woman who made the list was Angel Haze).
Not one to stay down about such things, Rapsody continues to work with other artists who encounter similar issues such as Big K.R.I.T.
Check out Rapsody below in one of her most popular songs and videos, “Believe Me.” I rarely steer you wrong so if you still have even a small desire to love hip hop, check her out!