North Carolina-based rapper Rapsody spoke with Billboard to break down how her Grammy-nominated song “Sassy” came to life as part of the “How It Went Down” video series.
The track was recorded at Bright Lady Studios in Raleigh, North Carolina, and was inspired by a beat created by Style Council producer Eric G. “When I hear the beat, I just think about birds singing. It just felt real free, spread your wings type of vibe,” Rapsody explains.
The first thing that came to her head upon hearing the beat, she says, was Maya Angelou’s poem “And Still I Rise,” which inspired the line: “I got diamonds ‘tween my knees/ Oil wells in my thighs/ Does my sassiness upset you?”
The rapper explains that the track’s second verse was motivated by her hometown of Snow Hill, which she describes as a “small country town.”
“Everybody knew everybody, we were all friends. And you would have people that got in fights… you be mad at each other for a like three weeks… and then you hug it up, and everybody’s cool again,” she explains. “So I just wanna talk about that’s what makes you sassy, and that’s what makes you a powerful, strong woman. It’s like when you can carry yourself with class, but you might have beef with somebody, but at the end of the day, it’s all good cause we queens and we all the same.”
Rapsody reveals that once the track was completed and audio engineer Young Guru finished mixing it, they tested it out by turning the volume all the way up for a room full of her girlfriends — who all started dancing. “That was the test,” she says. “That’s how we knew we had a winner with ‘Sassy,’ and all the girls were loving it.”
You can watch the video above to hear the full story of how Rapsody’s “Sassy” went down, and listen to the song below.