Rapsody (pronounced “Rap City”) is a female rapper. Let’s get that out of the way at the top. But that doesn’t mean you oughtta sleep on her. Thank H.E.R. Now, offered for free from DJBooth.net, is a showcase for “the next big girl MC,” with guest spots and production by more greats that I can count or name, including: Raekwon, Big K.R.I.T, Murs, Jean Grae, 9th Wonder, Khrysis, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius, Phonte, Vitamin D.
Like any good mixtape, the music borrows heavily–but not too obviously–from recognized masters. H.E.R. Throne has shades of Marley’s “Rainbow Country,” and there are obvious Diana Ross samples and lots of classic rap samples and tributes. Her delivery is a lot like Jean Grae–serious, and without a lot of inflection. She’s not singing. Singing is the kiss of death for a female emcee–it’s what separates Ms. Dynamite from MC Lyte, and Ms. D–good as she may be–will never be known as a rapper. I’d like to hear a little more versatility here, but overall this is a terrific mixtape and a promising continuation of Rapsody’s ascension.
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