Princess Nokia

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Princess Nokia
Princess Nokia in 2021
Princess Nokia in 2021
Background information
Birth nameDestiny Nicole Frasqueri
Also known as
  • Wavy Spice
  • Destiny Nicole Ortiz
  • Destiny
Born (1992-06-14) June 14, 1992 (age 30)
New York City, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2010–present
Labels
  • Arista (current)
  • Platoon (former)
Websiteprincessnokia.org

Destiny Nicole Frasqueri[4] (born June 14, 1992),[5] known professionally as Princess Nokia, is an American rapper and songwriter. She[a] released her debut studio album, Metallic Butterfly, in 2014, followed by the 2015 mixtape Honeysuckle. As Princess Nokia, she rose to prominence for her 2017 studio album 1992 Deluxe. She released another mixtape, titled A Girl Cried Red, in 2018, followed by the release of two studio albums, Everything Sucks and Everything Is Beautiful, in 2020.

Early life[edit]

Frasqueri identifies as Afro-Indigenous,[6] and is of Puerto Rican descent.[7][8] When Frasqueri was ten, she lost her mother to AIDS.[9] Between the ages of nine and sixteen, she was in foster care, during which her foster mother was physically abusive.[9] After Frasqueri left foster care, she went to live with her grandmother.[10][9] She subsequently started writing rhymes.[11] Frasqueri lived around East Harlem and the Lower East Side of New York City at the time.[11]

Career[edit]

2010–2018: Early career and career beginnings[edit]

Princess Nokia performing in 2014

In 2010, Frasqueri recorded and released her first song, titled "Destiny", under the stage name Wavy Spice on her SoundCloud page, and later released the song on her YouTube channel in mid-2012. Subsequently, she released her second song, titled "Bitch I'm Posh".[12][11][13] She next released "YAYA", a song that chronicles her Taíno ancestry.[14] She later released the singles "Vicki Gotti" and "Versace Hottie".[14] Following the singles, Frasqueri changed her stage name to Princess Nokia, which she claimed was an alter ego,[15] and introduced the character with the song "Nokia".[12] On May 12, 2014, Frasqueri released her debut studio album, titled Metallic Butterfly, which debuted on Vice and SoundCloud.[16] On September 8, 2017, she released her second studio album, 1992 Deluxe,[17][18] an expanded version of her 2016 mixtape, 1992.[19] It peaked at number 25 on the US Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart.[20] NME listed it as the 32nd best album of 2017.[21]

Nokia debuted a radio show on Apple's Beats 1 Radio on February 18, 2018. Episodes aired every other Sunday and allowed listeners to get acquainted with the inner workings of Nokia's mind. The show has a total of six episodes labeled "The Voices in My Head with Princess Nokia."[22] In September 2018, she was chosen as one of the six ambassadors by Maison Margiela to promote their new fragrance, Mutiny.[23] In December 2018, Nokia released a "remastered and expanded version" of the album Metallic Butterfly, which includes three new bonus tracks.[2] That same year, she released a mixtape titled A Girl Cried Red. Stefanie Fernández of NPR deemed it an expression of Frasqueri's artistic and emotional versatility and praised how she "transcends them."[24]

2019–present: Everything Sucks and Everything is Beautiful[edit]

In 2019, Nokia had her debut performance as an actress in the independent film Angelfish.[25][26] In September 2019, she released a song titled "Sugar Honey Iced Tea (S.H.I.T.)".[27] It was described as "a bouncy, empowering bop built around dismissive lyrics about Nokia's enemies."[28] In February 2020, Nokia released two albums: Everything Sucks and Everything is Beautiful.[29] Pitchfork described Everything Sucks as "locust swarm of angst, restless and frantic" and regarded Everything is Beautiful as "warm and expansive" in comparison to the former.[30] In March 2021, Nokia released a music video for the song, titled "It's Not My Fault". The single was released through Arista Records and marked the first one Nokia released through a major label.[31]

In 2022, she voiced LaBrea, LaCienga's cousin in The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder.

Artistry[edit]

Nokia's musical style has been described as "experimental" and "eagerly floating between genres such as rap, soul, rock and house."[28] She lists rappers MC Lyte and Queen Latifah, girl group TLC, as well as nu metal bands Korn and Slipknot as musical influences.[32] Nokia also cites hardcore, punk, and rave cultures as influences for her performances.[33]

Personal life[edit]

Frasqueri identifies as bisexual and has stated such in a past interview and has also talked about how growing up near the queer community of New York City was an important part of her life. The early stages of Princess Nokia's musical career began through performing at gay clubs, as she gained popularity among the gay nightlife scene.[34][35][36] She also identifies as a gender non-conforming person and uses both they/them and she/her pronouns.[37][38]

Frasqueri is a strong supporter of intersectional feminism, founding the Smart Girl Club with Milah Libin, a podcast where she discusses healthy living and urban feminism.[39][40][41][42] She is a practictioner of Santería, and has shared her own experience with clairvoyance and spirituality that she infuses her music with.[43]

In 2017, Frasqueri punched a male concertgoer at Cambridge University who she said had been mouthing "dirty obscenities" at her.[44] She later told the crowd that "that's what you do when a white boy disrespects you".[39] Later that year, a video of a woman throwing hot soup in a man's face who was calling "a group of teenage boys" a racial slur whilst on a subway journey to Brooklyn surfaced.[45] Frasqueri took responsibility for the incident, saying that "everybody on the train backed [her] up".[46]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
Heat
[47]
1992 Deluxe
  • Released: 2017
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming, vinyl
27
Metallic Butterfly
  • Released: 2018
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
Everything Sucks
  • Released: 2020
  • Label: Platoon
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
Everything is Beautiful
  • Released: 2020
  • Label: Platoon
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
A Girl Cried Red
  • Released: 2018
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming, vinyl 12"

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Honeysuckle (2015, as Destiny)

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"G.O.A.T." 2017 1992 Deluxe
"Tomboy"
"Brujas"
"Kitana"
"Sugar Honey Iced Tea (S.H.I.T.)" 2019 Everything is Beautiful
"Balenciaga" Everything Sucks
"Green Eggs & Ham" Everything is Beautiful
"Practice" 2020 Everything Sucks
"I Like Him" 2020 Everything Sucks
"It's Not My Fault" 2021 Non-album singles
"Boys Are From Mars"
(featuring Yung Baby Tate)
"No Effort" 2022 Non-album single
"Diva"

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certification Album
US CAN IRE NZ Hot UK WW
"Puerto Rican Judo"
(with Ratking)
2014 So It Goes
"Wish You Would"
(with Mykki Blanco)
Spring/Summer 2014
"Steep Tech"
(with Ratking)
2015 700-Fill
"Take Off"
(with Branko)
ATLAS
"The Last of the Real Ones"
(with Fall Out Boy)
2017 Mania
"Outro"
(with K. Michelle)
Kimberly: The People I Used to Know
"Spit"
(with Show Me the Body)
Corpus I
"Fanta"
(with Josh Forehead)
Summer 2014
"Lmk_What's Really Good Remix_ feat_Princess Nokia_Junglepussy_Cupcakke_Ms. Boogie_100 Bpm"
(with Kelela, Junglepussy, cupcakKe, and Ms. Boogie)
2018 Take Me A_Part, The Remixes
"Dame Aquí"
(with Wiki)
2019 Oofie
"Get Paid"
(with Aluna and Jada Kingdom)
2020 Renaissance
"Cynthia"
(with Tony Seltzer and A. Lau)
Avenues
"Madness"
(with Silverstein)
A Beautiful Place to Drown
"Slumber Party"
(with Ashnikko)
2021 91 57 30 70 174 Demidevil

Other certified songs[edit]

Title Year Certification Album
"I Like Him" 2020 Everything Sucks

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Category Work Result Ref.
Sweden GAFFA Awards 2018 Best Foreign New Act Herself Nominated [49]
The A2IM Libera Awards Breakthrough Artist Won [50]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Frasqueri uses she/her and they/them pronouns. This article uses feminine pronouns for consistency.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Princess Nokia Reigns Supreme As The Queen Of Emo Rap At Special House Of Vans Chicago". June 26, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Princess Nokia Re-Issues 'Metallic Butterfly'". Billboard. December 14, 2018. Retrieved March 4, 2020.
  3. ^ Hobbs, Thomas (November 18, 2019). "All Hail Princess Nokia: The experimental rapper that won't stand for society's shit". DIY. Retrieved January 20, 2022.
  4. ^ Cooper, Wilbert L. (September 21, 2015). "Stream Destiny's 'Honeysuckle,' the Funky Follow-Up to 'Metallic Butterfly'". Vice. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "Happy birthday Princess Nokia". The Fader. June 14, 2017. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  6. ^ Lewis, Eva (September 8, 2017). "Princess Nokia Is Melding Gothic Punk With Her Afro-Indigenous Identity". Teen Vogue. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  7. ^ "Princess Nokia Talks New Album and Their New Creative Direction". Wonderland. July 30, 2020. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  8. ^ Davis, Shanice (December 14, 2016). "Princess Nokia Talks Infusing Santería In Her Music". Vibe. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  9. ^ a b c Marotta, Jenna (August 28, 2017). "This Time, Princess Nokia Is Going to Do It Right". Vogue. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  10. ^ Snobette (July 5, 2016), Princess Nokia: "There's No Money in Record Deals & I'm Not Looking to Be Taken Advantage of", retrieved May 10, 2018
  11. ^ a b c "Wavy Spice is Making "High-Tech airy Girl Music"...and we're Listening". Paper. October 14, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  12. ^ a b "Track Premiere: Hear Wavy Spice Transform Into Princess Nokia on 'Nokia'". Archived from the original on December 4, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  13. ^ Lester, Paul (January 16, 2014). "Wavy Spice (New band of the day No 1,679)". The Guardian. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  14. ^ a b "Princess Nokia is Our New Age Hood Leader". Remezcla. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
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  17. ^ Berry, Peter A. (August 28, 2017). "Princess Nokia Shares '1992 Deluxe' Album Release Date". XXL. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  18. ^ Darville, Jordan (September 8, 2017). "Listen To Princess Nokia's New Project 1992 Deluxe". The Fader. Retrieved January 12, 2018. The New York rapper considers this new release to be her debut LP.
  19. ^ Geslani, Michelle (September 9, 2017). "Princess Nokia releases 1992 Deluxe album: Stream". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
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  24. ^ Fernández, Stefanie (April 13, 2018). "Princess Nokia Goes Full Emo". NPR. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  25. ^ "Angelfish by Brian Shaer". Film Threat. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  26. ^ "Angelfish: Film Review". Remezcla. Retrieved February 21, 2020.
  27. ^ Exposito, Suzy (September 16, 2019). "See Princess Nokia Crash a Beauty Pageant in 'Sugar Honey Iced Tea (S.H.I.T.)' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  28. ^ a b Hobbs, Thomas (November 18, 2019). "All hail Princess Nokia: the experimental rapper that won't stand for society's shit". DIY. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  29. ^ "Princess Nokia's Everything Is Beautiful/Everything Sucks is audacious". Evening Standard. February 28, 2020. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  30. ^ Kameir, Rawiya (February 29, 2020). "Princess Nokia: Everything Is Beautiful / Everything Sucks Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  31. ^ Martoccio, Angie (March 26, 2021). "Princess Nokia Pays Homage to Jennifer Lopez in 'It's Not My Fault' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  32. ^ Madden, Joe (November 10, 2017). "Princess Nokia: the modern pop icon talks politics, female empowerment and debut album '1992 Deluxe'". NME. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  33. ^ Schnipper, Matthew (May 30, 2019). "Princess Nokia on Remaking Rap for a Queer, Feminist New York". The New York Times. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  34. ^ Moran, Justin (October 10, 2017). "How Princess Nokia Achieved the 'Gay New York Dream'". Out. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  35. ^ "Bi Artist Spotlight: Radical Self Love with Princess Nokia". The LGBT Sentinel. May 9, 2017. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  36. ^ Hill, Zahara (August 20, 2018). "Princess Nokia On Being Sexually Fluid And Making Music For Girls With The 'Delusional Confidence Of Barbra Streisand'". Blavity.
  37. ^ Sanders, Wren (February 26, 2020). "Out Loud: Princess Nokia Is Done Explaining Themself". Them.
  38. ^ Ushe, Naledi (December 20, 2019). "Princess Nokia Opens Up About Being a Gender Non-Conforming Artist in 'Playboy' Equality Issue". OK Magazine. Archived from the original on April 8, 2020.
  39. ^ a b Petridis, Alexis (September 8, 2017). "Princess Nokia: 'At my shows, girls can take up space the way men do'". The Guardian. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  40. ^ Mallett, Whitney (August 26, 2016). "Princess Nokia, an Artist Making a Career All Her Own". V. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  41. ^ "Why Princess Nokia Matters Now, More Than Ever". www.vice.com.
  42. ^ Manning, Emily (March 13, 2017). "smart girl club: meet princess nokia and two of the most important women in her life".
  43. ^ "How 5 Women Use Religious Traditions To Navigate Modern Life". The Fader. December 8, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  44. ^ Gibsone, Harriet (February 21, 2017). "Princess Nokia in row over 'public display of sexism' at Cambridge University". The Guardian. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  45. ^ "Princess Nokia, Armed With Soup, Fights Off a Subway Racist". Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  46. ^ Tenreyro, Tatiana (October 11, 2017). "Princess Nokia Throws Soup At Racist Subway Passenger". Billboard. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  47. ^ "Princess Nokia on Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  48. ^ "American certifications – Princess Nokia". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  49. ^ "GAFFA-Priset 2018 – och de nominerade är ..." gaffa.se (in Swedish). Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  50. ^ Breakthrough Artist 2018 -Award Recipient - Princess Nokia, retrieved November 1, 2021

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