As a young woman growing up in the small rural town of Snow Hill, North Carolina, Rapsody idolized Lauryn Hill and Aaliyah. She admired both their artistry and what she calls their "tomboy femininity." She quickly realized she saw something in them that she saw in herself. "People think because I'm a tomboy and I'm fully clothed, that that's not sexy," she recently told HipHopDX.
F ollowing her searingly autobiographical 2017 album Laila's Wisdom, North Carolina rapper Rapsody turns her gaze outward on her new LP, Eve. As well as an album title that refers to the Bible's first woman, each track is named for a different inspirational black woman - Oprah, Aaliyah, and Michelle Obama among them. Rapsody uses these women's legacies as springboards to explore wider themes of struggle, self-belief, and success, displaying the same deft lyricism that made Kendrick Lamar one of her fans back before she guested on his 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly.