There’s really no arguing just how pervasive Rapsody has been over the last year, which is to say, just how well-earned a victory 2015 was for the North Carolinian femme fatale. It all started with a dazzling and downright brilliant outing on her Beauty And The Beast project. Then came the features, rocking alongside a prestigious list of emcees like Joey Bada$$, Talib Kweli and, of course, Kendrick Lamar, on the poignant To Pimp A Butterfly gem “Complexion.”
Yet today, we divert our attention back to that late 2014 release, as a recent stop at the NPR offices for a stint on their always proper Tiny Desk Concert has been relinquished to the masses and certainly lives up to both the series and the rapper’s name. A stout three-song set is brought to life seamlessly and intimately, backed by JAMLA chief 9th Wonder on the drum programs as well as horn, bass and key players, making this a perfect analogue/digital marriage and the only way to wind down your day. Peep Rapsody and 9th Wonder’s powerful Tiny Desk Concert performance below and get wise to the queen emcee by jumping back and catching a whiff of Beauty And The Beast.