Boasting an ample supply of nod-friendly beats, a lyrical intellect seasoned with slick metaphors and real world concerns, and an overall deep-rooted appreciation for that good hip hop of a non-pop ilk, there’s plenty to admire about The Idea of Beautiful, the official debut of North Carolina emcee Rapsody.
Mid-set cut (and now current single) “The Drums” definitely grasps repeat-worthy value thanks to its eased, feelgood vibe sounding like a street corner jam session between friends…that just so happens to be studio polished.
With 9th Wonder‘s production crew The Soul Council and vocalist Heather Veronica both providing a jazzy-cool ambiance fit for the best chillaxing sessions, Rapsody’s warm, velvety tone spits shout-outs to the acts giving her life with that good boom-bap while slyly sending shade bullets to an industry that’s grown too comfortable with an unbalanced system (“Ain’t a rapper on the radio with stories to tell/ Hip Hop never died, yo, the radio failed”).
Preach it sister.
While we send a prayer to the Hip Hop Gods for a FIRE!! “Drums” posse remix (featuring a dream roster of Mos, Talib, Jean Grae and, shoot, anybody from the Native Tongues crew), peep the visuals for the track below, and then check out our second Idea of Beautiful fave, the soulful BJ the Chicago Kid-blessed “Good Good Love”.