I put punk dirt in hip-hop, says the rapper10. 07. 2022 Sunday / By: Robert Denes / Generic / Exact time: BST / Print this page
F eminism and queer activism will dominate her European concert tour next week, courtesy of American experimental rapper, producer and fashion model Princess Nokia, along with edgy rap.
"I'm saying this because I know I can because I'm a lawyer! I went to NYU. Fuck you all!" - shouts an aggressive and clearly drunk man in a video published on the Gothamist server in early October 2017.
A man got into an altercation with fellow passengers on a New York subway train after racially abusing teenagers sitting nearby. The incident became a viral video not only because the passengers managed to escape the ordeal after a woman splashed soup on their heads.
The brave one was the rising star of American rap at the time, the Brooklyn rapper Princess Nokia, who will perform on the main stage of the Colors of Ostrava festival next Thursday, July 14.
"I stand up for whoever I can, that's how I was raised. I completely forgot that I'm Princess Nokia," she later commented to MTV. "In this racist society, you have to learn to show solidarity, you have to stand up for your sisters, you have to show people that racist speech and behavior can no longer be tolerated," she said.
She added that she does not promote violence, but she strongly supports women, especially young women, to confront and speak up if they don't like something. "If we don't use our voice, nothing will ever change," calls out the musician.
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Recently, he became one of the spokesmen for the protests against the abortion law ban that led to the decision of the United States Supreme Court. Not only his private activism, but also his work is guided by similar principles. Although he himself does not consider him a politician.
"Feminism is not a policy, it's a right we're born with. It's a way of life, a tool to understand ourselves and the oppression we've experienced over the centuries. My belief is based on compassion, not ideology," she says. the rapper and the successful Smart Girl Club.
The soup incident in the New York subway didn't just remain a viral video, the skateboarding rapper also mentions it on the previous year's album Everything is Beautiful. "I throw bowls of soup at the racists who threaten us on the subway / I'm not a thug, but I'm not afraid of a fight," he bravely raps in the track Sugar Honey Iced Tea.
He spent two years writing the album, full of warm energy, anchoring and perspective, during which time he managed to visit his native Puerto Rico. Nine producers collaborated on the recording, including Adam Pallin, who is known under the pseudonym 1-900.
"I'm a twin, two heads, one eye," says Princess Nokia in her song Gemini, Czech for Gemini, about the multifaceted nature of her personality and story. "I'm full of contradictions, one side of me is a sleazeball with a lot of sociopathic tendencies, riding scat, but there's the other side of me, a creative genius," he laughed in an interview at Brown University in the US.
Princess Nokia, 30, whose real name is Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, grew up around Christianity, Islam, Judaism and a religion of West African origin that Puerto Ricans are close to. In addition to her mixed origins, she asserts her strange identity, in her teenage years she resolved her reluctance to clearly assign gender roles by adopting an androgynous image, and today she enjoys all positions. Both edgy femininity and giant t-shirts with caps and everything in between. The theme of duality is underlined by the fact that the last record was released together with its dark twin, Everything Sucks. The New York one, on the other hand, was made in a single week with his friend and producer, Chris Larre, known as Owwwls.