Stream Princess Nokia’s “Emo Mixtape” A Girl Cried Red & Watch Her “Your Eyes Are Bleeding” Video

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New York rapper own Destiny Frasqueri, better known as Princess Nokia, has been making waves in the local scene for a few years now. In 2016, she broke out in a big way with her 1992 mixtape, and her star continued to rise last year with 1992 Deluxe, an expanded re-release that also served as … More »

Princess Nokia to drop new mixtape, A Girl Cried Red, THIS FRIDAY via Rough Trade

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Careful with yer eyeliner, my dear emotional readers. Princess Nokia — a “New York rapper” — has just announced the release date for her “highly anticipated” new mixtape on The Instagram.

That mixtape’s name? A Girl Cried Red.

That same mixtape’s alluded-to release date? An April Friday Called 13. (a.k.a. spooky-ass Friday the 13th — a.k.a. normal-ass April 13 — a.k.a. THIS ACTUAL damn FRIDAY!)

The self-described “emo mixtape” follows last year’s ALSO-critically-acclaimed (but less “emo” and more “melodic pop punk,” in my expert opinion) 1992 Deluxe.

In pretty super-dooper-closely-related news: look for her live at Coachella and all-up-on the United States and Europe this spring and summer. But don’t take my word for it. Peep those dates down below. Those numbers and letters DON’T LIE.

Finally, here’s a neat video from 1992 Deluxe to keep you from forgetting who Princess Nokia is between now and Friday… (And as a nice bonus, if you watch the whole thing…I promise to embed that entire Instagram post for you down below, too…Emo-kid’s honor.)

Princes Nokia tour (LTE roaming changes may apply):

04.12.18 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
04.15.18 – Indio, CA – Coachella Festival
04.20.18 – San Francisco, CA – 1015 Folsom
04.22.18 – Indio, CA – Coachella Festival
04.29.18 – Chicago, IL – The Metro
05.05.18 – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere
05.06.18 – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere
05.12.18 – Miami, FL – Rolling Loud Festival
05.25.18 – Barcelona, Spain – Venue TBA
05.26.18 – Madrid, Spain – Tomavistas Festival
05.27.18 – A Coruna, Spain – Inn Club
05.31.18 – Athens, Greece – Piraeus 117 Academy
06.01.18 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Distortion Festival
06.02.18 – London, UK – Field Day Festival
07.06.18 – Zamárdi, Hungary – Balaton Sound Festival
07.07.18 – Turku, Finland – Ruisrock
07.13.18 – Dublin, Ireland – Longitude Festival
07.14.18 – Dour, Belguim – Dour Festival
07.15.18 – Berlin, Germany – MELT Festival
07.19.18 – Benicassim, Spain – Benicassim Festival
07.20.18 – LisbonPortugal – Super Bock
07.21.18 – Seyðisfjörður, Iceland – LungA Art Festival
08.18.18 – Hamburg, Germany – Dockville Festival

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2017

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Streaming changed things. 2017 was the year that rap once again reaffirmed its stranglehold on the collective imagination of America’s youth. Like the moment when Billboard first started using Soundscan and inadvertently proved the massive popularity of N.W.A, the streaming services of the world showed just how powerful this music remains. Rap dominated streaming charts. More »

Utrecht’s Le Guess Who? Isn’t Like Any Festival You’ll See In The USA

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These days, whenever all the big-name American festivals start to announce their lineups for the year, there’s inevitably a certain, noticeable same-ness. It’s a consequence of those festivals becoming more popular than at their inception, with festival-going becoming an overall more mainstream activity in America; it’s a consequence of the music industry’s contractions and … More »

Q&A: Princess Nokia On 1992 Deluxe, Working With Film, And The Power Of Reinvention

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“Hello, baby, how are you doing,” Princess Nokia greets me on the phone. Her voice is tender and genuine. She has been touring for the last year and a half and remains ridiculously busy, but in this rare free moment she’s chatting about 1992 Deluxe, Rough Trade’s expanded re-release of last year’s breakout mixtape 1992. More »

Princess Nokia sets up Hurricane Maria disaster relief fund, shares double video

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First thing I’d like to mention: true to form, America’s president is continuing the country’s rich legacy of providing terrible disaster relief, not to mention other shit that’s playing no small role in his reluctance to, you know, help American citizens. That said, luckily we have people like Destiny Frasqueri a.k.a. Princess Nokia, who has set up a Puerto Rico disaster relief fund. Donate here. And if you have the capital, don’t hesitate to check out other ways you can help.

Next thing, Princess Nokia has dropped a double video for “Bart Simpson” and “Green Line,” two tracks off last year’s wonderful 1992. Ever since I found this gem a couple years back, Princess Nokia has never disappointed, and this is no different. Watch the video below.

Finally, as we recently reported, Princess Nokia is going on tour (see dates below) and has released a deluxe edition of 1992 via Rough Trade Records. It includes eight new remastered tracks and is out November 10 on CD/vinyl. In the meantime, stream/purchase the digital version here.

Tour Dates:

09.28.17 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
09.29.17 – Brooklyn, NY – Villain
10.10.17 – Zargoza, ES – Sala Lopez
10.11.17 – Madrid, ES – Sala Mon Live
10.12.17 – Barcelona, ES – Razzmatazz
10.13.17 – Sevilla, ES – Monkey Week Festival
10.15.17 – Atlanta, GA – Afropunk Festival Atlanta
10.31.17 – Athens, GR – Gagarin
11.01.17 – Lausanne, CH – Le Romandie
11.03.17 – Liverpool, UK – Liverpool Music Week
11.04.17 – Paris, FR – Pitchfork Music Festival
11.06.17 – Brussels, BE – Botanique
11.07.17 – Stockholm, SE – Kraken
11.09.17 – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg
11.10.17 – London, UK – Brixton Electric
11.11.17 – Aarhaus, BE – Voxhall
11.16.17 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
11.18.17 – Philadelphia, PA – Coda
11.22.17 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile (2 shows)
11.23.17 – Vancouver, BC – Celebrities (2 shows)
11.24.17 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater
12.29.17 – Kaiwaka, NZ – Northern Bass Festival
12.30.17 – Lardner, AU – Beyond The Valley Festival
12.31.17 – Claremont, AU – Origin NYE
01.01.18 – Sydney, AU – Field Day Festival

1992 Deluxe tracklist:

01. Bart Simpson
02. Tomboy
03. Kitana
04. Brujas
05. Mine
06. Excellent
07. Saggy Denim ft. Wiki
08. Green Line
09. ABCs of New York *
10. Goth Kid *
11. Receipts *
12. G.O.A.T. *
13. Brick City *
14. Flava *
15. Different *
16. Chinese Slippers *

* deluxe-edition bonus tracks

Princess Nokia – “Bart Simpson / Green Line” Video

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Princess Nokia recently re-released her 2016 mixtape 1992 (under the name 1992 Deluxe) with a bunch of extra tracks, and today she’s shared a joint video for two songs from it, “Bart Simpson” and “Green Line.” The video places Nokia back in high school, where she reenacts feeling ostracized and finding a community of people … More »

Princess Nokia heroically cancels out 2017 by announcing 1992 Deluxe, shares North American tour dates

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Princess Nokia has long flitted like a Metallic Butterfly, refusing your attempts at categorization. Her Instagram is the photojournal of a sprite in constant motion, always exploring, never content to present in any particular way for too long. Throughout, she comes across as someone thrilled to be alive, here and now; and as such, it’s easy to root for her continued success.

And successful she’s been, to a degree, that success must have surprised even her. Berlin, where I live, is not generally a city enamored with hip-hop. In fact, I haven’t heard one of my friends get excited about the upcoming Vince Staples show. (I am though!) Yet when Princess Nokia came here to perform in April, it was the hottest ticket it town. It couldn’t be bought. (I tried!) Now, I can only imagine what kind of communitas was felt there in the audience that night. What’s clear, though, is that everyone — including us — feels empowered by this tiny Afro-Nuyorican’s body-positive messages.

Capitalizing on this widespread love for her and her hyper-confident, boisterous raps, she recently took to her Twitter to announce that Rough Trade will be releasing 1992 Deluxe on September 8. It features all the original 1992 tracks remastered, plus eight new ones, including newest single “G.O.A.T.” Stream it, then check out Princess Nokia’s upcoming North American tour dates down below.

Princess Nokia upcoming tour dates:

08.24.17 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
08.26.17 – Brooklyn, NY – Afropunk Festival
08.28.17 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
09.06.17 – Ljubljana, SI – Kino Siska
09.06.17 – Pula, HR – Outlook Festival
09.06.17 – Los Angeles, CA – Day N Night Festival
09.06.17 – Berlin, DE – Huxleys
09.14.17 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega
09.15.17 – Oslo, NO – Parkteatret
09.17.17 – Shanghai, CN – Concrete and Grass
10.10.17 – Zargoza, ES – Sala Lopez
10.11.17 – Madrid, ES – Sala Mon Live
10.12.17 – Barcelona, ES – Razzmatazz
10.13.17 – Sevilla, ES – Monkey Week Festival
10.15.17 – Atlanta, GA – Afropunk Festival Atlanta
10.31.17 – Athens, GR – Gagarin
11.01.17 – Lausanne, CH – Le Romandie
11.03.17 – Liverpool, UK – Liverpool Music Week
11.04.17 – Paris, FR – Pitchfork Music Festival
11.06.17 – Brussels, BE – Botanique
11.07.17 – Stockholm, SE – Kraken
11.09.17 – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg
11.10.17 – London, UK – Brixton Electric
11.11.17 – Aarhaus, BE – Voxhall
11.16.17 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
11.18.17 – Philadelphia, PA – Coda
11.22.17 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile (2 shows)
11.23.17 – Vancouver, BC – Celebrities (2 shows)
11.24.17 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater
12.29.17 – Kaiwaka, NZ – Northern Bass Festival
12.30.17 – Lardner, AU – Beyond The Valley Festival
12.31.17 – Claremont, AU – Origin NYE
01.01.18 – Sydney, AU – Field Day Festival

Maybe You’ll Miss Z-Ro After He’s Gone

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The voice is a lonely foghorn, a miles-deep burned-out baritone moan that seems to radiate the wisdom of hard-earned experience. It’s a beautiful voice, melodious and passionate and capable of bluesy catharsis or gospel-style uplift. And here’s what the owner of that voice uses it to express, over and over: “How y’all doing, but fuck … More »

Princess Nokia premieres new song “G.O.A.T.” with new music video (I promise I won’t spoil anything!!!)

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Concept cars, flat bill hats, gliding sub bass lines: it must be summer, and it must be a new Princess Nokia video!

That’s right, pool-partiers: with record temperatures across the country and wildfire warnings lighting up the Doppler radar like a Christmas tree, Princess Nokia still felt the need to turn up the heat by dropping a new music video for a song she’s calling “G.O.A.T.” Something about the swag with which she carries herself in the video tells me the title may stand for “greatest of all time,” but you can judge for yourself after you watch the video below.

Context-wise, Remember last year when Princess Nokia deigned to grace her kingdom with a mixtape titled 1992? I know I do, because: 1) it landed on our Favorite Rap Mixtapes column, our third-quarter favorites list, and our big Favorite Music Releases of 2017 feature (at #21), and 2) I was counting 100 emojis in my sleep for months. Well, this new jam is a lot like that, except this time it’s just the one song/music video combo. But c’mon, she’s royalty! She’s got other things to do!

Luckily, one of those “other things to do” includes being out on tour until October — which, if I know anything about album cycles, likely means more music from her is coming soon! Wait…what’s that? It’s called the “Princess Nokia 1992 Deluxe Summer Tour 2017”? Well, shit. Oh well, check out the live dates below the “G.O.A.T.” video anyway, but maybe check your local humidity levels before you get out there, so you’ll know how many of those little handheld misting fans and novelty beer hats to bring with you.

Princess Nokia surveys her domain 2017:

06.29.17 – Roskilde, DK – Roskilde Festival
06.30.17 – Toulouse, FR – Les Siestes Festival
07.01.17 – Tilburg, ND – Woo Hah Festival
07.02.17 – Brussels, BE – Couleurs Cafe
07.06.17 – Novi Sad, RS – Exit Festival
07.07.17 – Krakow, PL – Nowa Muzyka Festival
07.08.17 -Trencin, SK – Pahoda Festival
07.08.17 – Prague, CZ – Creepy Teepee
07.09.17 – Liege, BE – Les Ardentes Festival
07.12.17 – New York, NY – Central Park Summerstage
07.14.17 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge [Sold Out]
07.21.17 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine
07.22.17 – Los Angeles, CA – FYF
07.28.17 – Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground [Early]
07.28.17 – Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground [Late] [Sold Out]
08.11.17 – Malmo, SE – Malmo Festival
08.12.17 – London, UK – Sunfall Festival
08.13.17 – Helsinki, FN – Flow Festival
08.26.17 – Brooklyn, NY – Afropunk Festival
08.28.17 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
08.24.17 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
09.03.17 – Sao Paolo, BR – MIS Conference
09.06.17 – Ljubljana, RS – Kino Siska
09.07.17 – Pula, HR – Outlook Festival
09.10.17 – Los Angeles, CA – Day N Night
09.12.17 – Berlin, DE – Huxleys
09.14.17 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega
09.15.17 – Oslo, NO – Ingerbrigt
09.16.17 – Rotterdam, NL – BIRD
09.28.17 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
09.29.17 – Brooklyn, NY – Villain
10.10.17 – Zargoza, ES – Sala Lopez
10.11.17 – Madrid, ES – Ocho y Medio Club
10.12.17 – Barcelona, ES – Razzmatazz
10.13.17 – Seville, ES – Monkey Week
10.15.17 – Atlanta, GA – Afropunk Festival