For those who don’t know Princess Nokia too well here’s a lil run down of the Rap tomboy and how she’s now about to go on her summer tour across North America and Europe.
Princess Nokia grew up in the Lower East Side of New York and learnt early on how to be a tough independent young woman due to the unfortunate passing of her Mother. Now at 24-years-old she is making music that unapologetically and explicitly stands for the power of young girls, and she is our latest Tastemaker for going against the grain and pushing forward her artistry in a way that doesn’t capitalise off her sexuality as a female, but instead uses lyrics like “that girl is a tomboy, with my little titties and my fat belly” that every girl can laugh at, while still feeling included. Princess Nokia’s Alternative Hip-Hop music is a platform for lyrics that banish insecurities, highlights confidence, projects power amongst women, and tells the struggles of her life in Spanish Harlem and New York City.
Back in 2012 Princess Nokia released her second track “Bitch I’m Posh”, under the name “Wavy Spice” which gained world wide popularity, she discusses briefly in her Fader documentary that the pressure from the music industry after that song made her “insecure”, and years on she’s pushing her music career forward independently with much success. Her move to becoming Princess Nokia is a step towards her goal to make an impact with her music - the eclectic mix of sounds comes together to create something that hasn’t been heard in Hip-Hop before, and in this day and age, creating something new doesn’t come easy. “I’m making worldly music—music that will talk to all kinds of people. Banjee girls in Harlem, teen brides in the Middle East, gay boys in East Asia. Labels no longer matter. My new music is cosmic and three-dimensional, and it will really speak of who Princess Nokia is. Princess Nokia is sound. It is progression. It is all that I am.”
Watch The Fader’s enthralling, honest documentary on Princess Nokia titled DESTINY to gain more insight into the life and dreams of the young rapper born as Destiny Nicole Frasqueri.
Princess Nokia’s 1992 DELUXE SUMMER TOUR across Europe and North America kicked off yesterday June 3rd in Switzerland. Her London stop for M.I.A.’s Meltdown festival still has some tickets available, so grab your tickets HERE quick to see her and Yung Lean perform at the Royal Festival Hall. Check out all her tour stops below and keep an eye on PrincessNokia.org for her new re-vamped version of ‘1992’ that she’s announced should be released real soon! The project will contain 6 new songs added for our pleasure and she’s promised “a new gag worthy batch of surprises”. Yaas boo, keep it coming.