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Rapsody, For Everything

Nicki Minaj may have things on lock for female rappers right now, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other solid femcees out there who make for good listens as well.

Rapsody proves that notion correct on the Jamla Records presentation For Everything. The 14-track free album, which is co-executive produced by 9th Wonder, who signed Rapsody to his label, and features guest appearances from Freeway and Kendrick Lamar, has the North Carolina MC spitting an ample supply of serious bars that are sure to impress.

“Came in the game like Melyssa in Accord/Bet I won’t leave the same, can’t you see me in a Porsche?” Rapsody rhymes with a slick touch on the offering’s opening track “Pace Myself.” “Crush Groove” has the admitted Jay-Z stan lyrically cruising through a soulful sound built by 9th Wonder, while “ABC Guilty” has the deft rapper carving through the alphabet with ease. (Think a toned-down, but thought-out Papoose’s “Alphabetical Slaughter.”)

The bars only become harder and more street on cuts like “Ain’t Worthy” and the Freeway-assisted “A Cold Winter.” “Rock The Bells” has Rapsody doing an admirable job standing mic-to-mic lyrically with Kendrick Lamar, with lines like, “Pull out like two nines and aim it dead at they eyes/and tell them lyrically muthafucka you have met your demise,” and later, “With it, lyrically niggas never touching a sick…le cell, hard to pass me I’m too cold, they ain’t well.”

Although listeners may crave to hear Rapsody spit on a wider range of beat selection and do a better job crafting songs, overall this project is more than enough to grab listeners’ ears and keep them for checking for her, especially for fans who are hungry for lyrics. Rapsody has plenty. —Mark Lelinwalla

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