Rapsody Credits Lauryn Hill For Erasing Hip Hop's "Gender Lines"

Rapsody talks past homework assignments with 9th Wonder, says she had to memorize Jay Z's "The Black Album."

As the mastermind behind The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, New Jersey rapper Lauryn Hill has long been referred to as one of the most groundbreaking female artists in Hip Hop, and to one emcee in particular she’s gone on to erase gender lines in Hip Hop and helped to ensure that female emcees no longer be placed in a box.

While speaking exclusively with HipHopDX, North Carolina rhymeslinger Rapsody didn’t hesitate in expressing her appreciation for Hill as she reminisced on her first time hearing the former Fugees rapper.

“The first time I heard Lauryn Hill was—you know, I was a kid in front of the TV watching videos and the ‘Fu-Gee-La’ video came on. And I was stuck for a minute,” Rapsody revealed. “It was this girl and these two guys rapping and I was just drawn to it. Like ‘what is this?’ It was a different sound for me. It had that African, eccentric feel to it. It was soulful at the same time…To me she erased gender lines. She out-rapped the guys to me...She out-rapped the guys and a lot of times people like to put women in this box where we’re only supposed to rap a certain way or we’re not supposed to be as good as men. You hear a lot of times, ‘she’s good for a girl.’ Lauryn was one of those females that erased that.”

In her music career, Rapsody has worked heavily with noted producer 9th Wonder, but according to the rapper, she says upon first meeting 9th, although he thought she was a “dope” artist, he offered her a unique homework assignment in the hopes of improving her lyrical delivery.

“When 9th [Wonder] heard the very first song that I did, he gave me homework,” said Rapsody. “He said, ‘You’re dope. You’re a star, but you gotta work on inflections and flow.’ So, my homework was—he reeled off all these albums: Snoop this, Tribe this. I knew the music, but he said ‘I want you to go back and memorize these joints word for word, but not what they’re saying, how they’re saying it.’ And one of those was Jay Z’s The Black Album. Which I had no problem doing because he was my favorite rapper. So, for two months that’s all I played until I knew from the intro to the very last song. Every track, word for word.”

As an artist signed to 9th Wonder’s Jamla Records, Rapsody has gone on to release a debut album, titled The Idea of Beautiful, and most recently, her She Got Game mixtape. Released last month, She Got Game boasts production from 9th Wonder and guest appearances from Mac Miller, Wale, Ab-Soul, and a handful of other notable artists.

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16 Comments

  • loganclaws

    she is so stupid...why the hell would you want to erase gender lines...how retarded can a chick be...if gender lines weren't important your dumb ass would not be here...Launryn did not erase no gender lines stupid...she maintained her femininity and used hip hop to teach which is what women naturally do (nurture and teach)...how the hell did that idiot figure Lauryn Hill was erasing gender lines?...you dumb lil nutjob...that eugenics mantra you are propagating right now is retarded

  • foreal

    dropping 9th wonders namer is going to sell records. her bars are week corny word play she sounds like a 2013 jean grey and has a corny name that is bitting a music stream service

    • loganclaws

      word up...that chick is a complete fraud...she should leave hip hop alone with her gender bending madness...maybe she should try selling her gay ass on craigslist like them other pervs...leave hip hop alone hoe

  • Violator

    What made Lauren Hill so deadly was they way she blended rap with soulful singing to get her message across. The only one who has come close to that level is probably 3 stacks. This is why I can't stand Drake. When he sings and raps its monotone and sounds like two different genres are being forced together. Big Sean's voice is one of the worse mainstream voices I've heard in my life, people must be fukkin deaf when they ride to that nigga. Kdot sounds like a billy goat gruff, not as bad as the others, but its his understanding of the art that allows him to bypass that. Make no mistake, Lauren Hill is one of the best to ever touch this hip hop shit. Good music is not just about the best bars, this is what 95% of you muffuggas don't understand

  • Anonymous

    so what, i so sick of this bitch! she is not hot, her rapping is sub par at best, and she look like a boy! #killyoself

    • loganclaws

      word...so true...shes part of that lgbt madness and out tryin to contaminate hiphop with the gay agenda...the only thing inside her little pea brain is erasing 'genderlines'...another words turn everybody to fags...they got to recruit somehow but damn they just couldn't leave hip-hop alone...they have to try and pervert that too...shame on her and her handlers and the fag agenda machine that pays them...the real hip hop culture heads have to peep what Im saying, its no conspiracy theory, its blatant fact, the line has to be drawn somewhere and I aint afraid of no queers...leave my hip hop culture

  • Assassin221

    I don't know man, I never loved Lauryn like everyone else did. Too many love songs and shit, plus she doesn't rap enough. I'd bump "The Idea of Beautiful" over "Miseducation" any day. That Beautiful had a real classic vibe to it.

  • Anonymous

    What?????? A Lauryn Hill mention and no 20-25 comments calling her a racist? Wanna know why? Because SCHOOL started today! I spam this information because it's pure TRUTH. Look at all the regular names missing! Ricky Rozay imho the cornball trolls (I see you Ja Rule Army, teeth-boy is a fool anyway you wack Gucci) kkk think about it!

  • pwill234

    I read these comments and some say that lauryn hill is overrated and they put nicki minaj in there top five...how is nicki in the top 5 when she don't have any female competition ...she's da only female u really hear rapping and on every song that features a female rapper...I know for sure she is not da only female rapper out there and there's plenty that could out rap her..

  • Kara H. Burks

    my classmate's mother-in-law makes $77 hourly on the internet. She has been without work for seven months but last month her pay check was $13602 just working on the internet for a few hours. my link... www cafe44.com Wayne has really been on a decline to the point now where he's become a joke. People just laugh at him now. He thinks he's coming with dope lines but he's not. You just laugh at him. He really needs to hang it up.

  • schoo

    Lets keep it real Lauryn Hill is overrated,chick only dropped 1 album and that was in the late 90's, she alright, but she is not a legend like that, plus some say she the best female mc,lmao, she cant get that title because she barley rapped, she not even top 5 ever. 1.nicki, 2.kim, 3.queen, and then eve,foxy,dabrat,mc lyte,

    • Not Impressed

      Don't be retarded. Lil Kim, Eve, Foxy and MC Lyte have all used ghostwriters. That automatically disqualifies them. Nicki, Queen Latifah and Da Brat wrote their own shit, but they're not half as good. Lauryn Hill isn't just the best female rapper, she's one of the greatest rappers OF ALL TIME. Definitely in the top 5 or maybe even top 3 best ever. She didn't just put out one album btw, she also had two albums with the Fugees.

  • Anonymous

    Lauryn one of the best emcee's ever, top 20

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