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Emcee & Recording Artist
Roc Nation

The Snow Hill, North Carolina native has more than held her own alongside greats like Kendrick Lamar, Black Thought, and the late Mac Miller (in 2011, she toured with Miller on his Incredibly Dope Tour). She has been broadcasted and hailed by media giants - from NPR to TIME Magazine, from BET (2020 Hip Hop Awards' Lyricist of the Year) to NBC (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon). In 2020 she was awarded Lyricist of the Year at the BET Hip Hop Awards, in 2021 she was recognized as a part of EBONY's Power 100, and XXL named her one of the 20 Greatest Female Rappers of All Time. Dr. Dre even her hi s "favorite female emcee".

2017 Laila's Wisdom, featured a constellation of guests (Kendrick Lamar, Anderson Paak, Busta Rhymes, Musiq Soulchild and received two Grammy nominations - one for Best Rap Album and the other for Best Rap Song. The groundwork laid prior to Laila's Wisdom included her outstanding verson Paak's 9th Wonder-produced "Without U" ( off of his major label debut, Malibu) and her first GRAMMY nomination for her exceptional performance on Kendrick's sophomore standout To Pimp A Butterfly. Rapsody would later earn an invitation from President Barack Obama and Herbie Hancock to perform at the International Jazz Fest with Aretha Franklin, Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, and Terri Lyne Carrington in honor of the late, great Prince. Her latest offering, EVE, is a celebration of black female culture, with each song titled after a phenomenal black woman.

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Events featuring Rapsody
Events featuring Rapsody