Here’s Our First-Take Listen To Rapsody’s ‘Laila’s Wisdom’ Album
Rapsody’s first offering as a Roc Nation signee, Laila’s Wisdom, proves that she’s more than worth the investment.
Snow Hill’s own Rapsody returns to the forefront with a hard-edge, panoramic view at being a 21st-century black woman who is powerful, sassy and doper than most MCs in the game. The North Carolina hip-hop talent has been killing it for a long time (her lawyers got a caseload), but most are familiar with her from her Crown EP and her memorable feature on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly track, “Complexion (A Zulu Love). If she was legend on those efforts then her latest, Laila’s Wisdom, is poised to make her otherworldly.
Formulated and loved over for two years with production from Khrysis, 9th Wonder, Terrace Martin and Young Guru — Laila’s Wisdom is 14-tracks of pure, raw, grade-A-plus Carolinian uncut goodness. As Rapdiddy’s first Roc Nation debut, there doesn’t seem to be a machine behind pulling strings trying to get people to “buy in” to the idea of Rapsody. Instead, it appears that Laila’s Wisdom is for the doers who have been highly-anticipating the rest of the world to catch up to what we’ve known for years.
Rapsody is a real one. She is a top-tier MC capable of crafting memorable moments that are smoother than silk worn in an XScape music video. With guest appearances placed carefully throughout Laila’s Wisdom, names such as Anderson .Paak (“Nobody,” “Oooweee”), GQ (“Ridin’”), BJ the Chicago Kid (“Black & Ugly,” “Knock On My Door”), Busta Rhymes (“You Should Know”) and Kendrick Lamar (“Power”) highlight the star power featured without overshadowing the impact of Rapsody as the main attraction.
She is engrossing without seeming needy for attention. Able to stay above all the funky-crisp sounds provided by her crew of sound-makers — Rapsody gives all the flavors that we’ve come to appreciate from the Snow Hill ambassador: storytelling raps, barbarian bars, flirtatious flows, and infectiously bouncy beats. Laila’s Wisdom is not her own rendition of To Pimp A Butterfly, but it is representative of today’s black woman who goes through police brutality, love, love lost and blackness and is able to share it in a refreshingly original way.
Like our previous entries, this first-take listen of Laila’s Wisdom features all substance, no filter, no rewinding and no replays of any kind. Please be sure to support the artist by copping or streaming Laila’s Wisdom for yourself and your friends. Enjoy!