Princess Nokia has re-released a remastered and expanded version of her 2014 debut full lengthMetallic Butterflyvia Rough Trade Records, featuring three bonus tracks from the era. Before the rapper/actor/model/intersectional feminist became the icon she is today, Destiny Frasqueri was a young trip-hop and Bjork-obsessed NYC raver kid. The album showcases all sides of what we’ve now come to know as the definitive multi-faceted artist Princess Nokia: music lover, philosopher, activist and anime nerd. The music was composed entirely with hip-hop producer OWWWLS, who also worked closely with her on 1992 Deluxe and has been her current live DJ.
When the album was originally released, Vicecalled it “one of the most exciting and ambitious independently released albums to come out of the New York underground in a long time” and Complexadds, “we’re treated to her raw, but emotionally-rich talent as a vocalist on Butterfly… It’s clear this girl’s talents are vast.”
Metallic Butterfly (Remastered & Expanded) features some of the enduring hits that are part of her live show, such as the pumped-up, drum-n-bass love song ‘Dragons,’ the Afro-Latina pride anthem ‘Corazon En Afrika,’ and the empowering mantra ‘Young Girls.’ These fan favourites and more are finally available on streaming services for the first time.
The shape-shifting emcee has been releasing music via YouTube and Soundcloud since she was in high school and catapulted herself to the next level with 1992 Deluxe—selling out venues across the globe and steadily gaining tens of millions of streams. Earlier this year, she released A Girl Cried Red–her mixtape showcasing another fully formed side of Destiny that still taps into the uncompromising feminist ideology of Princess Nokia.
Today Princess Nokia – aka shapeshifting New York emcee Destiny Frasqueri – has dropped her new emo-inspired mixtape A Girl Cried Red digitally on Rough Trade Records / Remote Control Records, as well as a video co-directed with longterm collaborator Milah Libin for ‘Your Eyes Are Bleeding‘ from the release.
Princess Nokia has been releasing music via Youtube and Soundcloud since she was in High School and catapulted herself to the next level with last year’s critically acclaimed rap opus 1992 Deluxe – selling out venues across the globe and steadily gaining tens of millions of streams.
“Black people created punk – the band Death was way before The Ramones,” Destiny stated in a recent interview. “If you think about it, the wool has been pulled over our eyes. This is our shit. Very naturally, that’s why we return to it.” Drawing on influences as varied as the introverted acoustic sounds of Elliott Smith to the bombastic pop-punk energy of Paramore – A Girl Cried Red showcases another fully-formed side of Destiny that still taps into the uncompromising feminist ideology of Princess Nokia.
Rough Trade Records and Remote Control Records are pleased to announce the signing of Princess Nokia. To celebrate, she has released a brand new track and video for ‘G.O.A.T’. This is the first time her music has been available on streaming services other than SoundCloud and YouTube.
Princess Nokia is the best-known project of New Yorker Destiny Frasqueri. She’s been rapping and releasing tracks on YouTube and SoundCloud since high school, originally under the name of Wavy Spice, adopting the ‘Princess Nokia’ moniker in 2013, and releasing albums Metallic Butterfly,Honey Suckle and 1992 in the following years.
She has built up a massive fan base over the last few years, with her videos and albums getting millions of streams and views.
Princess Nokia’s never ending tour continues for the rest of the year, dates for which can be found here. Her global fan base won’t surprise anyone who’s been to one of her live shows. From her beginning cries of “girls to the front”, a Princess Nokia show is an unparalleled experience.
“My Live Show is a lotta fun, I mean it’s a real vibe – something out of this world…. I have been playing sold out tours since I released the album on my website, I’ve gotta to say, I’m blessed. Every city has …. a crowd of young kids that love my music…. I have girls that cry and throw roses in the front. Straight men who come with their friends and scream every lyric from every song …I show up for them and rip that mic so they leave feeling inspired and happy, It’s a great time.”