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Rapsody, Thank H.E.R. Now

Even with the recent success of Nicki Minaj—and, maybe, because of that success—Rapsody’s task is a tough one. How does a female make a name for herself in what remains a male-dominated music? With the release of her free album Thank H.E.R. Now, the North Carolina femcee’s method is clear: Remain honest by telling her own story over soulful production. The subtitle found on the album’s cover, “Culture Over Everything,” gives an early clue as to what to expect. Rapsody discusses her upbringing, influences and love for hip-hop over choppy basslines and soul samples provided by 9th Wonder, Khrysis, Nottz ...

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