Rapsody on Grammy Nomination for Best Rap Album: 'Gender Doesn't Matter. That's the Beautiful Thing'

Krista Tietjen 

Last September, Rapsody stomped on the necks of her detractors with the captivating release Lalia's Wisdom. With a slew of starry names in tow, like rap heavyweight Kendrick Lamar, Rapsody was awarded two Grammy nominations for her smoldering effort, including best rap album and best rap song for her track "Sassy."

In a phone interview with Billboard on Tuesday (Nov. 28), the jubilant MC spoke about her latest feats and her newly minted Grammy-nominated status.  

"Thankful. Just thankful, man," she expressed to Billboard. "To be in the company that I’m in, it’s wild. People are like, ‘I hope you win.’ I’m just like, at the end of the day, I’m thankful to be nominated. Whoever wins, so much great music in the rest of hip-hop and culture, you can’t be mad at whoever wins. I’m just excited overall for myself but just for hip-hop."

Rapsody admits to relishing her best rap album nomination more than her best rap song nod simply because of the esteemed company she's in, which includes JAY-Z's 4:44 and Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. "To be a woman in it, to be nominated alongside your JAY-Zs and your Kendrick Lamars when I’m so much less well-known -- for people to recognize that the music can compete with those amazing albums, like, those are two of my favorite albums of this year. For so many reasons, it’s been a beautiful journey. That one’s special."

Despite being the lone female in the five-person race, the "Sassy" star is too busy soaking in the thought of being able to open doors for aspiring female rappers, vying for an opportunity to compete in a male-dominated industry. 

"That’s the beautiful part of it," says Rapsody in regards to breaking barriers for female MCs.  "[I] just want to bring more balance and show people you can just focus on the music, you can bar-up and still be acknowledged for your craft. Females in hip-hop and the music that we make isn’t just one way. You can be respected for your lyrics and just for being a dope MC. Gender doesn’t matter. That’s the beautiful thing."


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