Musical Review: Rapsody - Eve


Rapsody’s album - Eve (the first woman, source of life and mother to all that came after) is a dedication to black female frontrunners that have come before her to which each song is named after. These include Nina Simone, Serena Williams, Tyra Banks, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, the late Aaliyah and more. Rapsody displays elegance and power through her music as she honours female legends that have paved the way while she herself is finding her place among them.

"This album is coming out in a time where we're really talking about what it means to be a black woman in America, and black women are really riding to the forefront in a lot things that we do" 
- Rapsody

The artist expresses different points of inspiration that each woman represents to her which allowed her to write from a place of ‘freedom and truth’. The album begins with “Ibtihaj” (Muhammad) - homage to the Olympic fencer and the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics she contributed to the development of the Nike Pro Hijab and conversations that furthers sports as an inclusive space for all women. The penultimate song on the album has Rapsody share the spotlight with fellow North Carolina native, J. Cole on “Sojourner” who shares her a passion and purpose as educators for the generation behind them.

“What is our responsibility as artists? We teach through our music. We should have fun, we should vibe out, but we have a responsibility to be reporting and talk about what's going on.” 
- Rapsody