Rapsody rolled out her last project Crown at the end of 2016, just a few months after inking a deal Roc Nation, and now, the rapper is finally ready to make her official Roc Nation debut. On Friday (Sept. 1), the rapper announced her upcoming album Laila’s Wisdom and dropped the first single off the effort.
The album officially arrives on Sept. 22. Along with the announcement, the Roc Nation signee revealed the artwork for the album, which features a picture of a little girl seated in front of a wreath of flowers and jewels.
For the first taste of Laila’s Wisdom, Rapsody enlists Busta Rhymes for the eerie “You Should Know,” produced by none other than 9th Wonder. Over the drum-laden, menacing melody, the North Carolina native oozes confidence as she raps, “Flow so much I need life guards/ Not like Rikers, them some whole new bars/ Influenced by many but I’m a whole new star/ There’s levels to this but I’m a whole new floor.”
Busta comes through with a more stripped-down flow, a far cry from his usual rapid-fire delivery, and raps to his “royal, empress, queen.”
“Damn, I so adore you/ There’s so many ways to describe this love I’ve been holding for you,” he raves. “I been lookin’ for this forever, been searching abroad/ For that original woman loving, the nurture to God.”
Listen to “You Should Know” below.