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Princess Nokia

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Artist's Top Tracks

I Like Him Princess Nokia 02:12
It's Not My Fault Princess Nokia 02:06
No Effort Princess Nokia 02:48
Boys Are From Mars (feat. Yung Baby Tate) Princess Nokia, Yung Baby Tate 03:12
Tomboy Princess Nokia 03:37
Sugar Honey Iced Tea (S.H.I.T.) Princess Nokia 02:28
Practice Princess Nokia 02:06
At the Top Princess Nokia 02:34
Brujas Princess Nokia 02:58
Get Paid Aluna, Princess Nokia, Jada Kingdom 03:27

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No Effort

by Princess Nokia

03/18/2022

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Culture dictates its own leaders. As the mainstream morphs after generations of homogeny, today’s outsiders demand a voice in the spotlight. Princess Nokia certainly speaks up. Unassumingly, yet naturally, she fills the void with rigorous, raw, and real honesty encased inside of razor sharp raps. The New York-born Puerto Rican MC, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, style icon, actress, and activist amplifies her own voice across music, fashion, film, and society in 2019 and beyond. She may have been born Destiny Frasqueri, but today, Princess Nokia projects a symbol of possibility—proving the power of authenticity supported by a growing movement. A book-worthy journey brought her to this point. After losing her mother and shuffling in-and-out of foster care for half of her life, she rose above all manner of trials and tribulations and chronicled it in poetry. Soon, those poems transformed into anthems across early mixtapes and projects, including Honeysuckle, Vicki Gotti, and 1992. After a series of releases, she infiltrated the conversation with the 2017 independent breakthrough, 1992 Deluxe [Rough Trade]. Not only did it reach the Top 25 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, but NME pegged it among “The Albums of the Year,” Noisey graded it “A,” and The Guardian rated it 4-out-of-5 stars. Regularly selling out headline tours, often directing her own videos, and consistently churning out tens of millions of streams, she kept her business independent and made calculated moves to be heard even louder—ranging from hosting an Apple Music Beats 1 Radio show “The Voice in My Head with Princess Nokia” to co-starring in the high-profile Maison Margiela launch for Mutiny. Along the way, she also engendered widespread tastemaker acclaim extensively profiled by everyone New York Times, Stereogum, Vice, and more. However, Princess Nokia continued to ceaselessly push herself creatively. Retreating to Los Angeles to record new music she endeavored to evolve in 2019. That evolution crystallizes on the single “Sugar Honey Iced Tea (S.H.I.T.)”. During a trip to Puerto Rico, the song came to life from a poem, much like her earliest compositions. Except this time, she penned the lyrics on the beach. “I just remember how much I enjoyed writing poetry that day,” she recalls. Beyond the bars of empowerment, she took the reins as far as production goes, making decisions to add rich choir and boisterous horns. Between finger-snaps, she lyrically struts through this soundscape. On the path, the wordsmith drops provocative musings like, “If Colin Kap was a woman, then I’d be dead on one knee,” and verbally bodies toxic “bitches” before declaring, “I got the juice, I got the Hi-C, no you can’t unlike me…I know you hate that I made it.” Quietly rising up as a voice the game needs, Princess Nokia continues to rap for all the right reasons. As she puts it on “Sugar Honey Iced Tea (S.H.I.T.)” she affirms, “Don’t do this shit to be famous, I do this shit because I love it.” She might just be the voice the culture needs.