Listen To Rapper Princess Nokia's New Emo Mixtape "A Girl Cried Red"
Princess Nokia is back with a new sound.
Harlem rapper and singer, Princess Nokia dropped her latest mixtape, A Girl Cried Red on Friday, inaugurating the latest iteration of her ever-changing sound. Fresh off a two-year international tour, the self-described “emo mixtape” was released through Rough Trade Records, a followup to last year’s, 1992 Deluxe— her her debut studio album.
The 25-year-old Nuyorican— née Destiny Nicole Frasqueri— has an artistry just as layered as her identity.
Nokia has been known to shape-shift with her sound to her image, forging a lane for herself in the alternative underground and hip-hop world. Her prior projects, all self-released, were testaments to her ever-changing personas— from the cyber-city sound on Metallic Butterfly (2014), to the R&B poetic soul on Honeysuckle (2015), and the ’90s New York soundscape of 1992 (2016).
On A Girl Cried Red, Nokia opts for the full-fledged indie punk emo experience.
“Everyone I love leaves me when I need them most / My little heart is broken and the world will pay the cost / Smash my heart in pieces /It looks so good on the floor,” Nokia sings on the album’s track, “Your Eyes Are Bleeding,” in an adenoidal affection that seams more like part of her buried past music palette, than a new postured punk persona.
Catch Princess Nokia performing live at Coachella this month.
Stream Princess Nokia’s mixtape, “A Girl Cried Red” and watch her new video, “Your Eyes Are Bleeding” below: