Release Date: Apr 13, 2018
Record label: Rough Trade
Beyond her undoubted talent, Princess Nokia's greatest strength is her versatility. Predominantly a rapper, currently enjoying a come-up on the back of her breakthrough '1992 Deluxe' album last year, Destiny Frasqueri is also an artist, activist, model, podcaster and icon-in-waiting. Her music shape-shifts too, with the 25-year-old New Yorker shedding numerous aliases while veering freely between Euro-house, straight-up funk and experimental, multilingual noise-rap via her best Lana Del Rey impression.
"Everybody wants to put on this façade that they all have it together," Princess Nokia told fans during an Instagram Live chat this past January. "And I wanted to write a mixtape that was about falling apart and being a fucking mess." Enter A Girl Cried Red, an inchoate but strangely addictive 21 minutes of pure and messy emotions from the shape-shifting New York City rapper born Destiny Frasqueri. Having already covered lo-fi house, trip-hop, disco-soul, Erykah-meets-Lana-Americana, boom-bap-meets-trap, and many points in-between, Princess Nokia has now leaned into the formative sounds of her middle-school years to make an emo mixtape that doesn't sound like emo or rap or even emo-rap.