With the boom-bap inspired sound and tightly-wound mic approach that characterizes much of Rapsody‘s work, it’s easy to forget that her home state, North Carolina, is part of the Dirty South. Fresh off colliding with paradigmatic East Coast spitter Raekwon on Black Diamonds, the Kooley High femcee does a 180 on the new So Be It, showcasing her inner “country girl” alongside another Booth-approved Southerner. 9th Wonder mans the boards, flipping a sunny disco/soul sample from Tavares’ If That’s the Way That You Want It into an bass-bumping, syncopated groove as Rap laces the beat with memories of her small-town upbringing: “Our laces untied and untucked, they hang on the ground / Mama told me show respect, bless my food fore it’s downed, / Say ‘No sir’ or ‘Yes, no, ma’am when spoken to around town.” Fellow rural-dweller (and freestyle series alum) Big K.R.I.T. provides moral support on the guest tip, doing his best to “prove these city folk wrong” on the back. Craving more region-crossing bangers from Rapsody? Then drop whatever you’re doing and download a copy of Rapsody’s Booth-sponsored Thank H.E.R. Now street album, released to our mixtape page last week.
Written by richard on 06/29/11
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