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Marlanna Evans (born January 21, 1983),[3][4] better known by her stage name Rapsody, is a rapper from Snow Hill, North Carolina.

Rapsody
Birth name Marlanna Evans
Also known as Rapdiddy[1]
Born (1983-01-21) January 21, 1983 (age 35)[2] Snow Hill, North Carolina
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2007–present
Labels It's a Wonderful World Music Group, Roc Nation
Associated acts 9th Wonder, Mac Miller, Kooley High, Khrysis, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T
Website iamrapsody.com

Contents

CareerEdit

Rapsody began her career at North Carolina State University, where she joined hip hop collective H2O and its spinoff group Kooley High, despite not having rapped before.[5][6][7] The group met producer 9th Wonder in 2004, who was impressed by one of Rapsody's verses,[8] and she would go on to make her recording debut on 9th Wonder's sophomore album, The Dream Merchant Vol. 2, in which she free styled over 9th's re-chopping of old samples he already used for other artists.

She launched her solo career in 2008 after signing with 9th Wonder's It's A Wonderful World Music Group. Her first significant career breakthrough came with the release of her mixtape Return of the B-Girl on December 7, 2010. Return of the B-Girl marked her first work with legendary hip-hop producer, DJ Premier, and featured guests such as Mac Miller and Big Daddy Kane. She continued to build acclaim with the release of her next mixtape, Thank H.E.R. Now which showcased her storytelling abilities as she drew from personal life experiences and featured her work with a variety of critically acclaimed acts such as Marsha Ambrosius, Estelle, Raekwon, Jean Grae, Murs, and Big K.R.I.T..

Her next project, For Everything was released on November 15, 2011 and showcased her work with both newly acclaimed and established acts such as Kendrick Lamar and Freeway and a number of the tracks were featured in XXL magazine's "Bangers" section.[9][10] In May 2011, Rapsody joined Mac Miller on his Incredibly Dope Tour for 15 dates.[11] In late 2011, she toured with Phonte and 9th Wonder as a part of the Phonte & 9th Wonder Tour.[12]

Rapsody signed to Jay-Z's record label Roc Nation in July 2016,[13][14] and her debut for the label, Laila's Wisdom, was released in September 2017. The album received two Grammy Award nominations for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song.[15]

Style and philosophyEdit

Rapsody is known for her intricate rhyme patterns, metaphors, and wordplay. She cites Jay-Z, Mos Def, Lauryn Hill and MC Lyte as the biggest influences on her music. Her production is primarily handled by The Soul Council, the team of in-house producers at It's A Wonderful World Music Group comprising E. Jones, Ka$h Don't Make Beats, AMP, Eric G., Nottz and Khrysis. Rapsody's philosophy is "Culture Over Everything," referring to the culture of hip-hop music. She describes this phrase in an interview with Vibe Magazine where she says, "To me, it’s about culture more so than money or anything. I make music for the people of the culture we’re in; that comes first. If you touch the people first, the rest just falls into place. That’s what it means to me, just preserving and respecting the culture." [16][17]

Personal lifeEdit

In her younger years, she watched the MTV show Yo! MTV Raps and considered MC Lyte as one of her early influences and later stated Lauryn Hill as an all-time favorite.[18] She grew up in the small town of Snow Hill in North Carolina. Rapsody wasn't exposed to much hip hop and would listen to what her older cousins would play in the car. She would later develop her love for hip hop when she entered college.[19]

Her 2017 album Laila's Wisdom was named after her grandmother, Laila Ray.[8]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Extended playsEdit

with Kooley HighEdit

  • The Summer Sessions EP (2008)
  • Eastern Standard Time (2010)
  • Kooley High Presents...David Thompson (2011)

MixtapesEdit

  • Return of the B-Girl (2010)
  • Thank H.E.R. Now (2011)
  • For Everything (2011)
  • She Got Game (2013)

Guest appearancesEdit

List of guest appearances
Title Year Other performer(s) Album
"We Are Jamla" 2009 Skyzoo, Big Remo, GQ The Power of Words
"As We Shine" Thee Tom Hardy, D-Mal The Hardy Boy Mystery Mixtape: Curse of thee Green Faceded
"Okaaaaaay" Thee Tom Hardy, TP
"Let's Go" 2010 Actual Proof The Free EP
"It's Cool (Word to A. Gilliam)"
"Times Up" Actual Proof, Halo, GQ, Sean Boog
"I Will Always Be Down" Heather Victoria Victoria's Secret
"Your Favorites" Thee Tom Hardy The Hardy Boy Mystery Mixtape: Secret of thee Green Magic
"Never Settle" Sean Boog, Halo, Sundown Light Beers Ahead of You
"What It Is" Sean Boog
"Heroes" Sean Boog, Big Remo, King Mez, Halo, GQ, TP
"Breathe" 2011 Actual Proof The Talented Tenth
"The Jungle" Halo Heat Writer II
"Dream Big" TP TP Is My Hero
"Won't Stress Me" Heather Victoria Graffiti Diary
"Fight the Feeling" Sean Boog, Halo, Tyler Woods The Phantom of the Jamla
"Represent" Actual Proof Still Hotter Than July
"Sizzlin" Median The Sender
"Lines" Halo, 9thmatic The Blind Poet
"20 Feet Tall (Remix)" 9th Wonder, Erykah Badu The Wonder Years
"Set It Off" The Away Team, Talib Kweli Scars & Stripes
"Black Swan" Statik Selektah, Nitty Scott, MC Population Control
"ACC" GQ, Halo Trouble Man
"Optimus Prime" GQ, Bluu Suede
"Not Taking You Back" Heather Victoria Hip Hop Soul Lives
"Headlights" 2012 Actual Proof Black Boy Radio
"Many Microphones" Actual Proof, 9thmatic
"I'm Back" Big Remo Sleepwalkers
"A Love Never Dies" Sean Boog, Khrysis Sean Boogie Nights
"And Another One" Rah Digga N/A
"Shorty Left" Buckshot, 9th Wonder The Solution
"Get Together" Murs, 9th Wonder The Final Adventure
"Gettin' Mine" 2013 Big K.R.I.T., Heather Victoria N/A
"Same Shit" Oh No, Psalm One Disrupted Ads
"I Know" GQ, Rocki Evans Death Threats & Love Notes: The Prelude
"Before Midnight" L'Orange, Stik Figa The City Under the City
"It's OK" Add-2 & Khrysis Between Heaven and Hell
"The Resurrector" 2014 Bishop Lamont The (P)reformation
"Hallelujah" Dilated Peoples, Fashawn, Domo Genesis, Vinnie Paz, Action Bronson Directors of Photography
"Pretty Balloons" Halo Mansa Musa
"Pump Ya Brakes" Diamond D, Boog Brown, Stacy Epps The Diam Piece
"Never Give Up (One for Ava)" A-Villa, Guilty Simpson, Villa, Avalyn Villagomez Carry on Tradition
"Complexion (A Zulu Love)" 2015 Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
"Told Y'all" dEnAuN sTuFf In My BaCkPaCk
"Kidnapped" King Magnetic Timing Is Everything
"Another Level" Statik Selektah Lucky 7
"Stop Play Rewind" Add-2 Prey for the Poor
"Kool Aid" Add-2, Sam Trump
"Guillotine Flow" Big K.R.I.T. N/A
"Respect" Bad Lucc Breathe
"Ski Mask Way"
"Every Ghetto" Talib Kweli, 9th Wonder Indie 500
"Life Ahead of Me"
"Don't Be Afraid" Talib Kweli, 9th Wonder, Problem, Bad Lucc
"See Love" Shawn Stockman N/A
"Walk Like a God" Murs, 9th Wonder, Propaganda Brighter Daze
"Without You" 2016 Anderson .Paak Malibu
"Far Gone" Musiq Soulchild Life on Earth
"Shadows Crawl (DJ Premier Open Eyes Remix)" Torii Wolf N/A
"Guns Hang High" GQ N/A
"The Law" Ab-Soul, Mac Miller DWTW
"Let It Burn" 2017 Talib Kweli, Styles P, Chris Rivers The Seven

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Aguilar, Andrea. ""LOVE AND HIP HOP" – INTERVIEW WITH RAPPER RAPSODY". beautifulstruggles.com. Beautiful Struggles. Retrieved 2014-12-29. 
  2. ^ Dyroff, Denny. "On Stage (Spotlight): Made In America". unionvilletimes.com. Brandywine New Media LLC. Retrieved 2017-10-22. 
  3. ^ Rapsody Discography
  4. ^ Hot New Hip Hop - Rapsody Biography
  5. ^ "Rapsody Bio | Rapsody Career". MTV. 2010-12-07. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  6. ^ Griffith, Spencer. "Raleigh hip-hop six-piece Kooley High hits the big screen". Independent Weekly. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  7. ^ Yeh, Samantha. "Where My Ladies At?". readymag.com. Ready Magazine. Retrieved 2017-10-22. 
  8. ^ a b Hutchinson, Jacob. "Rapsody clever, insightful in 'Laila's Wisdom'". thepantheronline.com. The Panther. Retrieved 2017-10-22. 
  9. ^ "Rapsody ft. Kendrick Lamar "Rock The Bells"". Archived from the original on November 19, 2011. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ Paine, Jake (April 18, 2011). "Mac Miller Adds More Incredibly Dope Tour Dates, Rapsody Joins As Opener". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  12. ^ Paine, Jake (September 19, 2011). "Foreign Exchange Continues Tour, With Phonte & 9th Wonder Dates Added". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  13. ^ Williams, Houston. "Roc Nation Signs Rapsody, Announced Deal At Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest". Allhiphop.com. Allhiphop. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  14. ^ "RAPSODY SIGNS TO ROC NATION". the source.com. The Northstar Group. Retrieved 2016-07-20.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  15. ^ "Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars Lead 2018 Grammy Nominees". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-01-30. 
  16. ^ "Watch Your Throne! Rapsody Discusses Becoming The Female Jay-Z And What To Expect From 'Thank H.E.R. Now'". Vibe. May 25, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  17. ^ "OK-Tho.com's Top 25 Artists of 2013" http://www.ok-tho.com/2014/01/top-of-year-deans-list-top-25-artists.html
  18. ^ Yeh, Samantha. "Where My Ladies At?". readymag.com. Ready Magazine. Retrieved 2017-10-22. 
  19. ^ Frank Stasio, Charlie Shelton. "Looking At The World Through Rhyme: Meet Rapsody". wunc.org. North Carolina Public Radio. Retrieved 2017-10-22. 

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