On September 22, Rapsody released her sophomore album Laila’s Wisdom under Roc Nation. In this album she for sure showed us that she is able to hold her own amongst anyone in the game right now when it comes to bars. The technicality and complexity of her rapping style is proven to be one of the sharpest amongst many of her rap contemporaries. Although it may be easy to place her in the conversation of comparing female rappers, but she easily competes with some of our favorite male rappers as well.
The content on the album comes from all over the place. Throughout the album she’s mainly opening Pandora’s Box on the state of society and talks about how she sees herself compared to everyone else in the rap game. With her confidence on an all time high, she spits the truth about society idolizing social media, being black in America and overpraising materialistic things. Even in the midst of her hitting us with the facts, she still managed to give us tender content with relationship talk over RHYMES. Often on the album, after you get lost in thinking about the visceral points that she talks about, she hits you over the head with elements of a love story.
Lying next to the content on the album there is lively production. Mainly produced by 9th Wonder, the album is a display of foundational hip hop. Many different variations of the genre are held in this project from raw hip hop to sounds of old school funk. Based off the mixing and the live instrumentation, some songs on the album give the vibe of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly - especially on the song “Power” featuring King Kunta himself. The features on the album for sure stand out as well and carries the album even further. Most of the features on the album have proven themselves to be great artists through their work. Some of them even Grammy nominated for their work, including Anderson Paak, Terrace Martin, and Black Thought. Amongst these highly proved artist, Rapsody held her own in dishing out bars throughout this project. Salute!