Nuyorican rapper Destiny Frasqueri, better known by her stage name, Princess Nokia, might tell you that she is a byproduct of the New York City club scene, but don’t let that fool you… the lower east side native is out to make music that will speak to everyone.
“I’m making worldly music that will talk to all kinds of people,” Frasqueri said in an interview with Bullet Magazine. “Banjee girls in Harlem, teen brides in the Middle East, gay boys in East Asia. Labels no longer matter. My new music is cosmic and three-dimensional, and it will really speak of who Princess Nokia is. Princess Nokia is sound. It is progression. It is all that I am.”
Shedding her previous persona, “Wavy Spice,” for a more multi-dimensional sound, the “Tomboy” singer has become known for her thought-provoking lyrics and outspoken support of the LGBT community.
The Rough Trade Records-signed artist recently revisited and remastered her ‘1992‘ mixtape, with eight brand new tracks.
Princess Nokia’s full-length debut album, 1992 Deluxe, was released on Sept. 8, 2017, which will later be re-released for retail, in CD and vinyl formats, this November.
She might have a voice similar to pop-infused-rap artists like Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma, but don’t get it twisted, she can really rhyme… and her bars are lethal.
1992 Deluxe opens with the track, “Bart Simpson,” a light-hearted and comical track about causing mischief like the Matt Groening cartoon character.
Nokia uses a simple trap beat to flex some of her lyrical abilities on the lead single, “Tomboy,” which is flooded with references from classic female rappers like Missy Elliott to the memorable ’90s kids shows, Blues Clues.
If you were trying to guess who her favorite Mortal Kombat character is, then look no further than the title of the track, “Kitana,” named after the steel-fan wielding badass from the Warner Brothers video game franchise.
But, as hot as the first half of the album is… the new tracks are that much hotter. Inspired by “alphabet city” in the lower east side of Manhattan, her new track “ABCs of New York” is similar to the rapid-fire lyrics of Blackalicious rapper, Gift of Gab on his 1999 track, “Alphabet Aerobics.”
Another noteworthy cut, “G.O.A.T.,” pays tribute to some of the female artists that inspired her to be a musician, including shout outs to Gangsta Boo, Princess Loko, and La Chat.
To celebrate the release of her full-length album, 1992 Deluxe, Princess Nokia released the music video for her new single, “Flava,” which she directed herself with long-time collaborator, Milah Libin. The video is an inspiring song about individuality that delivers an empowering message, that “all girls are supposed to shine. All girls are meant to be something special in this world even when they [are] told they [are] not supposed to be.”
To pre-order 1992 Deluxe on CD/vinyl visit roughtraderecords.com. The first 200 pre-orders will also get a Polaroid from Princess Nokia.
The debut album from Princess Nokia is an excellent start to what is hopefully a long and illustrious rap career for the native New Yorker.
WATCH: “FLAVA” BY PRINCESS NOKIA