Today, Princess Nokia releases a new video for “Gross” directed by Gianluigi Carella. In the menacing video she is a sword swallower, a martyred saint and a Marvel villain all wrapped in one as she raps brashly and unapologetically, “They say I am chosen // Baby I’m a prophet.”
Last month Princess Nokia released not one, but two new albums. To celebrate, the iconic NYC rapper made her late night debut tonight on The Late Late Show with James Corden performing a medley of songs from Everything Sucks and Everything Is Beautiful. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
Everything Sucks – the album which features “Gross” – is a brash, ruthless and insistent collection of ten songs written primarily over one cathartic week in NYC with production by longtime friend and collaborator Chris Lare. The album opens with a trio of songs “Harley Quinn”, “Crazy House” and “Welcome To The Circus,” that transport listeners to a haunted funhouse nightmare. On “Practice” she delivers Everything Sucks’ manifesto in the line “I brought punk to Hip Hop.”
Everything is Beautiful is an introspective cultural revelation. The album is a representation of the sensitive, feminine side of the gender fluid artist. It was written and recorded over the course of 2 years everywhere from New York to Puerto Rico to LA mostly with live instrumentation, which you can hear alongside Nokia’s cascading cadence on the jazz-inflected single “Green, Eggs & Ham.” On “Soulfood” she shares her Nuyorican experience and “Gemini” explores a wide range of influences from hip hop classics like Tribe Called Quest to the gothic rock of The Doors with the refrain “riders on the storm.” She collaborates with GRAMMY-nominated producer Terrace Martin (Kendrick Lamar) on the neo-spiritual “Blessings.”
Due to global health concerns, Princess Nokia’s UK/European tour was cut short. Rescheduled tour dates will be announced soon. This fall, she will return to Coachella for her second performance at the festival.
The New York Times Magazine says Princess Nokia has “what it takes to light up the stage,” spotlighting her as one of 12 performers to watch in an issue out in 2019. Following a series of releases, in 2017 she infiltrated the cultural conversation with her independent breakthrough, 1992 Deluxe. Not only did it reach the Top 25 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, but NME pegged it among “The Albums of the Year,” Noisey graded it “A,” and The Guardian rated it 4-out-of-5 stars. Regularly selling out headline tours and consistently churning out tens of millions of streams, she keeps her business independent with calculated moves to be heard even louder—ranging from hosting an Apple Music Beats 1 Radio show “The Voice in My Head with Princess Nokia” to co-starring in the high-profile Maison Margiela launch for Mutiny, to making her acting debut starring in Angelfish, with additional acting credits and entrepreneurial endeavors to be announced soon.
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