Princess Nokia – A Girl Cried Red


Princess Nokia is an American rapper. Her real name is Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, and when she was ten, she lost her mother to AIDS. Between the ages of nine and sixteen, she was in foster care, during which her foster mother was physically abusive. After Frasqueri left foster care, she went to live with her grandmother. She subsequently started writing rhymes, living around East Harlem and the Lower East Side of New York City at the time. Nokia’s musical style has been described as “experimental” and “eagerly floating between genres such as rap, soul, rock and house.” She lists rappers MC Lyte and Queen Latifah, girl group TLC, as well as rock bands Korn and Slipknot as musical influences. Nokia also cites hardcore, punk, and rave cultures as influences for her performances. A Girl Cried Red is an “emo-mixtape”, as described by her, drawing on influences as varied as the introverted acoustic sounds of Elliott Smith to the bombastic pop-punk energy of Paramore. The album showcases another fully formed side of Destiny that still taps into the uncompromising feminist ideology of Princess Nokia.

Label: Rough Trade
Cat. # RT0013ST

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