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Rapsody is a North Carolina emcee signed with super producer 9th Wonder for Jamla Records. With the release of four projects in just a year and a half and a critically acclaimed debut album in August 2012, she is slowly establishing herself as a major player in today's rap game. The Idea of Beautiful was her debut album and XXL quoted that "it might just be one of the best hip-hop debuts of late."
In just a short time she has worked with some of the biggest legends and newcomers in the business, ranging from the likes of Erykah Badu, Raekwon, Big Daddy Kane, and Marsha Ambrosius to Estelle, Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, and Big K.R.I.T, to name a few.
She toured with Mac Miller in 2011 on the Incredibly Dope Tour, as well as Phonte and 9th Wonder, and performed at the 2012 Paid Dues Festival. Also in 2012, Hot 97 included Rapsody in their list of "Who's Next" artist of the year, she was featured in The Source Magazine's "Rising Venus" list of female artists, a XXL Show and Prove artist, and also became an official BET Music Matters artist.
Her videos “Believe Me,” “Non-Fiction,” “The Drums,” “In the Town,” and “Kind of Love” from her debut album, The Idea of Beautiful have together gained more than one million views via VEVO.
This past year, Rapsody released her highly anticipated mixtape, She Got Game hosted by DJ Drama, featuring Jay Electronica, Common, Ab-Soul, DJ Premier, and more. The project received rave reviews and was featured as one of Pepsi's Mixtapes of the Month. She Got Game was also a top mixtape of the year on Hip Hop DX and XXL 2013 list, and the single "Lonely Thoughts" ft Chance the Rapper was voted in NPR's Top 100 songs of the year. In 2013, Rapsody performed in the BET Hip Hop Cypher as well as Rock the Bells. Most recently, she was named one of New Music Seminar's "Artist on the Verge" 2014 Top 100, and she is currently a finalist for XXL 2014 Freshman list.

Her style is polished and distinct, and her wordplay and flow are unparalleled in both delivery and execution. As she strives to contend with her hip-hop predecessors, like Jay-Z and Mos Def, Rapsody is already undeniably one of the strongest and most promising forces in today's hip-hop culture.

Watch Past Performances

Video 4/5/2014: Black Girls Rock! Presents Rock! Like a Girl™ featuring MC Lyte, Jean Grae, Miri Ben-Ari, Ana Tijoux, Be’la Dona, Rapsody, and DJ Beverly Bond with a special appearance by Ms. Lauryn Hill

The multi-talented visionary, DJ, founder, and CEO of Black Girls Rock!, Beverly Bond collaborates with the Kennedy Center to present Rock Like a Girl, a signature Bond-Vision Media™ production that celebrates women’s contributions to the art and culture of hip-hop. The program includes performances by a diverse group of female artists from around the world, including legendary rap artist MC Lyte, critically acclaimed lyricist Jean Grae, Grammy Award–winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari, French Chilean MC Ana Tijoux, North Carolina MC Rapsody, a special appearance by the multi-talented Grammy Award–winning MC, singer, and song-writer Ms. Lauryn Hill, and other special guests! D.C.’s own all-girl go-go band, Be’la Dona, serves as the house band with DJ Beverly Bond on the ones-and-twos. Together, these women show what it means to “rock like a girl.” Please join us for a post-show discussion with artists, academics, and activists that encourages dialogue and analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media. Please note: This concert contains explicit language. A limited number of free tickets will be distributed two (2) per person in line on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the entrance to the Hall of Nations, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.