Los Angeles, CA – Rapsody was rocking her “Prince purple” Maison Margiela fit for the 2019 BET Awards on Sunday (June 23) when KXNG Crooked (or Crooked I) stopped the North Carolina-bred MC. During their brief conversation, Rapsody was asked about the 2019 XXL Freshman cover, which featured three women.
“There’s no movement without women in it [Hip Hop],” she said. “I remember a time where there were no females for a long time and then there was only one, so when I got to see the [XXL Freshman] cover and there were three — Tierra Whack, Megan Thee Stallion and Rico Nasty — who are all dope, all different, all themselves, like that’s dope and that’s what we need.
“We need way more of that. We need more more balance. We need more variety of women in Hip Hop to show that we come in all different styles, shapes, colors – we all got different flavors, different rhyme style, stories to tell — and you need that ’cause that’s how the world looks. The world doesn’t look in one way. It’s not one color. It’s not one universal image of a woman. It’s dope to have a wide range of women that reflects the world that we live in.”
From there, Crooked asked Rapsody what song made her fall in love with Hip Hop. And just like that, she was spitting Method Man’s verse from his classic duet with Mary J. Blige, 1995’s “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By,” which Meth and Blige actually performed later that evening.
“Shout out to Method Man,” she added. “I told him that was the first song I memorized from front to back … that’s one of my favorite videos ever. That joint was hard!”
Rapsody’s 2017 debut, Laila’s Wisdom, ranked No. 4 on HipHopDX’s Best Female Rap Albums list. Check it out below.