Princess Nokia just re-released a remastered and expanded version of her 2014 debut full length Metallic Butterfly via Rough Trade Records, featuring three bonus tracks from the era. Before the rapper/actor/model/intersectional feminist became the icon she is today, Destiny Frasqueri was a young trip-hop and Bjork-obsessed NYC raver kid. The album showcases all sides of what we’ve now come to know as the definitive multi-faceted artist Princess Nokia: music lover, philosopher, activist and anime nerd. The music was composed entirely with hip-hop producer OWWWLS, who also worked closely with her on 1992 Deluxe and has been her live DJ. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
When the album was originally released, Vice called it “one of the most exciting and ambitious independently released albums to come out of the New York underground in a long time” and Complex adds, “we’re treated to her raw, but emotionally-rich talent as a vocalist on Butterfly… It’s clear this girl’s talents are vast.” See the intimate handwritten letter that Destiny wrote on the day of the record’s original release below.
Metallic Butterfly (Remastered & Expanded) features some of the enduring hits that are part of her live show, such as the pumped-up, drum-n-bass love song “Dragons,” the Afro-Latina pride anthem “Corazon En Afrika,” and the empowering mantra “Young Girls.” These fan favorites and more are finally available on streaming services for the first time here: http://rtrecs.co/metallicbutterfly.
Bikini Weather / Corazon en Afrika
Earth Is My Playground
TOTAL: 12 TRACKS
Princess Nokia notes via Twitter:
‘Metallic Butterfly’ isn’t a new album-It’s the album that started it all
My genesis, my beginning and the first time I introduced myself to the world as Princess Nokia
‘Metallic Butterfly’ is an experimental album that was inspired by many different elements of music and sub culture. When the music industry wanted me to rap I chose to be different and show the world who I really was
‘Metallic Butterfly’ was way ahead of its time. It featured trip hop, jungle, R&B Neo Folk, adult contemporary, grime, and Afro Caribbean Canto. It’s visual and audio aesthetics were deep rooted in anime, cosplay, witchcraft, feminism, and cyber goth/ rave culture
It’s evident in my self directed videos, that I was ahead of the curve all along
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