Eve (Rapsody album)
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|Released||August 23, 2019|
Eve is the third studio album by American rapper Rapsody, released on August 23, 2019. Each song is named for an influential black woman, including Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Myrlie Evers, and Aaliyah. Eve also samples artists like Phil Collins (his hit single "In the Air Tonight" was sampled on the second track "Cleo"), Nina Simone and Herbie Hancock.
Rapsody decided to write the album in 2018 when a writer asked her if she felt that she was a successor to Nina Simone and Roberta Flack. She crafted an album with each song dedicated to one of her heroes.
Eve was critically acclaimed by contemporary music critics at the time of its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 90, based on 8 reviews.
Andy Kellman reviewed the album for AllMusic, concluding that "[Rapsody's] lyrical marksmanship, top-tier mike command, and service to her people and culture are indisputable." Reviewing the album for HipHopDX, Kyle Eustice claimed that "The 16-track potent lyrical adventure is peppered with countless poetic musings masquerading as seamless Hip Hop tracks, easily solidifying Rapsody’s musical legacy." In the review for Pitchfork, Sheldon Pearce described Rapsody as "A self-professed rapper’s rapper, [she] has been taut and inflexible in the past, almost as if having to force her immense talent to overcome a deck stacked against her. It sounds like she’s in a home-run trot on Eve."
Roisin O'Conner also praised the album in the review for The Independent; "Women’s power, as a source of strength, intellect, emotion and, most importantly, life, has been a recurring theme in the North Carolina artist’s work for years. On her new album, Eve, she explores a lineage of black female icons in a way that is both tender and compelling." Writing about the album's content, Stephen Kearse stated in a review for Rolling Stone that "Throughout Eve, Rapsody speaks frankly of the burdens black women bear, citing infighting that perpetuates sexism ("Cleo") as well as the psychic costs of the violence that black men endure ("Myrlie") and commit ("Afeni"). These are not new themes for her, but here they resonate more fully. As she taps into the specific struggles and tribulations borne by her idols, she sees her own battles with visibility and self-assurance more clearly. Black girls are magic, but they are also people." In the review for The Guardian, Aimee Cliff declared, "With a delivery cut from the same cloth as Jay-Z or Lauryn Hill, she’s a storyteller, and counterbalances her wisdom with a dry, playful wit. Plus, she’s the queen of the dismissive one-liner."
|4.||"Oprah" (featuring Leikeli47)||Eric G||5:02|
|8.||"Maya" (featuring K.Roosevelt)||9th Wonder||3:41|
|9.||"Ibtihaj" (featuring GZA and D'Angelo)||9th Wonder||4:40|
|10.||"Myrlie" (featuring Mereba)||Eric G||2:21|
|11.||"Reyna's Interlude"||9th Wonder||3:49|
|12.||"Michelle" (featuring Elle Varner)||Nottz||3:49|
|13.||"Iman" (featuring Sir and JID)||9th Wonder||4:35|
|14.||"Hatshepsut" (featuring Queen Latifah)||Nottz||3:15|
|15.||"Sojourner" (featuring J. Cole)||9th Wonder||5:31|
|16.||"Afeni" (featuring PJ Morton)||9th Wonder||5:53|
- "Nina" contains a sample of "Strange Fruit" written by Lewis Allen and performed by Nina Simone.
- "Cleo" contains samples of "In The Air Tonight" written and performed by Phil Collins.
- "Aaliyah" contains a sample of "Natural" written by Sabrina Claudio, Brandon Canada and Derek Gamlan and performed by Sabrina Claudio.
- "Whoopi" contains a sample of "Watermelon Man" written and performed by Herbie Hancock.
- "Serena" contains samples of "I Wanna Rock (Doo-Doo Brown) written by Luther Campbell and Jacob Dutton and performed by Luke.
- "Tyra" contains a sample of "The Gate" written by Björk Guðmundsdóttir and Alejandra Ghersi and performed by Björk.
- "Maya" contains a sample of "Green Eyes" written by Erica Wright, Victor Cooke and James Poyser and performed by Erykah Badu.
- "Ibtihaj" contains a sample of "Groovin'" written by Edward Brigati and Felix Cavaliere and performed by Willie Mitchell and "Liquid Swords" written and performed by GZA
- "Sojourner" contains a sample of "If You Didn't Go" written by Kendra Morris and Jeremy Page and performed by Kendra Morris.
- "Afeni" contains a sample of "Keep Ya Head Up" written by Tupac Shakur, Daryl Anderson, Deniece Williams, Hank Redd, Nathan Watts, Roger Troutman, Stan Vincent and Susaye Greene and performed by 2Pac, which itself samples "Be Alright" by Zapp and interpolates "O-o-h Child" by Five Stairsteps.
|US Billboard 200||76|
|US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)||42|
- Cliff, Aimee (August 23, 2019). "Rapsody: Eve review – inspiring rap celebration of women of colour". The Guardian. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
- Carmichael, Rodney (August 9, 2019). "With 'Eve,' Rapsody Wields The Legacies Of Legendary Black Women, From Nina To Serena". NPR.
- Hale, Andreas (August 23, 2019). "Rapsody Looks to Inspire With Her Captivating New Album 'Eve': 'This Is My Love Letter to All Black Women'". Billboard.
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- Wolstenholme, Harriet (August 23, 2019). "Rapsody: Eve review – By design, a great feminist tribute to others". Evening Standard. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
- Eustice, Kyle (August 24, 2019). "Review: Rapsody Firmly Secures Her Hip Hop Legacy With Women-Empowering "EVE"". HipHopDX. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
- O'Connor, Roisin (August 22, 2019). "Rapsody review, Eve: North Carolina artist's masterful tribute to black women is tender and compelling". The Independent. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
- Pearce, Sheldon (August 27, 2019). "Rapsody: Eve". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
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- Kearse, Stephen (August 29, 2019). "Rapsody's 'Eve' is a Masterpiece of Hip-Hop Feminism". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
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