Rapsody signed to JAY-Z’s Roc Nation in July 2016. While speaking with HipHopDX, the Snow Hill, North Carolina native recalled JAY-Z’s late response to her first email after officially joining his team.
“He replied back like four months later,” Rapsody said, laughing. “It was when I first signed to Roc Nation and we finished the album [Laila’s Wisdom]. I sent him an early link to listen to it and download it. I wanted his ear, opinion, and I wanted to know what he thought.”
Although Jay wasn’t timely with his response, Rapsody knows her boss believes in her ability to deliver.
“It didn’t matter,” she said. “I knew how he felt. I was on Roc Nation. I knew he supported it and thought it was dope. When he replied back, months later, he told me how dope the project was.”
Laila’s Wisdom was nominated for two Grammys including Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for “Sassy.” In addition to that, the 14-track LP earned the No. 2 slot on HipHopDX’s Best Rap Albums of 2017 list and peaked at No. 125 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Throughout her career, Raposdy has cited the Hip Hop billionaire as her inspiration. At one point during the interview, Rap spits Jay’s iconic lyrics from his hit single, “Takeover,” as a life lesson she’s learned.
“A wise man told me don’t argue with fools / ‘Cause people from a distance can’t tell who is who,” Rapsody said in reference to Jay’s track.
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