Is Rapsody's "Beauty and the Beast" the best hip-hop album of 2014?
I would say it absolutely is. Rapsody is one of the best rappers you have probably never heard of. She makes some of the best hip hop music you can listen to; she also makes it conscious. Take for example “The Man”, a song about a kid living in the ghetto. His father left him, his mom, and his siblings. He begins to be dragged down into the squalor; he sees illegal activity as a way out for him and his family. Though in the end it never happens and his child is left with the same problems. On the second half of the song, the beat switches to a more guitar driven, soulful beat. Rapsody talks about several things including: self-respect, oppression, revolution, and trying to find peace. At the end of the song, children of color begin to ask some pretty heavy questions. If this part leaves you unmoved, you might be made of stone.
Rapsody also has some of the best wordplay you can hear today. The best examples on the album are “Drama”, and “Godzilla”. “Godzilla” in particular has a second track attached to it, where Rapsody goes in over one of my favorite beats ever. Here is a snippet from “Drama”
This level of craftsmanship carries over to everything Rapsody releases, mixtapes, group albums, singles, and albums. Another amazing thing about this album is the production; beats from Eric G, Nottz, Khrysis, and 9th Wonder. In short this album is one of my favorite releases of this year and of the decade.
by Addison Garry