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Rapsody‘s EVE is one of the best albums of 2019. It’s the reason why HipHopDX bestowed a perfect rating to the project in our official review.

For Rapsody, EVE is the culmination of years of hard work. The Grammy Award-nominated artist recently stopped by HipHopDX HQ and spoke about her journey as well as all of her accomplishments in a lengthy conversation.

From waiting for her J. Cole feature to come through to JAY-Z finally responding to her email after joining Roc Nation, Rapsody is an open book. We also discussed how some choose to use her style of rap against so-called “stripper rap” or “strap,” as Jermaine Dupri coined earlier this year.

“I always looked at it like it’d be dope to have balance and give everybody the same opportunity,” she says. “I want Tierra Whack to have that same opportunity as everybody else. Leikeli47, as well as Megan The Stallion and Cardi B, because we need all flavors of women. Everybody don’t want to listen to me 24/7 because I don’t want to listen to me 24/7. I need a different vibe. I’m about to go to the club and turn up! I’m about to play ‘Bodak Yellow.'”

Elsewhere in the interview, Rapsody reveals why Queen Latifah‘s feature on the EVE cut “Hatshepsut” is her favorite and offers five mantras that help keep her grounded.

“You can’t be a better version of anybody but yourself so there’s no need to go chasing trends,” she explains. “That basically means that there was no reason for me to try to chase and go be a Nicki Minaj because I can’t be a better version of her than she is.

“There’s only one her, so I’m going to always be a Part B if I do that. Nobody can be another me. I don’t like when people be like, ‘Oh, you’re like this generation’s Lauryn Hill.’ No, I’m not. There’s only one Lauryn Hill. I’m not a female Kendrick Lamar either. I’m just me. That’s always kept me grounded to always remind me to be yourself. You are enough.”

Watch the full Rapsody interview above.

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