Rapsody Drops New Album 'Laila's Wisdom' F/ Black Thought, Kendrick Lamar. And More

Rapsody chooses to drop some knowledge on her latest album, Laila's Wisdom. 

The 14 track LP named after her grandmother is lead by the single You Should Know featuring Busta Rhymes. Kendrick Lamar, Lance Skiiiwalker, Black Thought, BJ The Chicago Kid, Musiq Soulchild, Anderson. Paak, and Terrace Martin also make guest appearances on the project.

"Laila's Wisdom" is Rapsody's second studio album and her first under Jay Z's Roc Nation imprint.

Fans of the North Carolina rapper can stream the LP below via Apple Music.

As a bonus i also added a few excerpts from her recent interview with Complex.

You said Jay is really like one of your biggest influences, you said Lauryn and Jay is too. When you heard 4:44 what did you take away from it?

Man, I’m just always wowed and floored by how he can continue to reinvent himself. It’s a great album and a different side of Jay, a more personal side of Jay, though he’s always been personal in his own right, but it’ll be a song here and a lyric here. To have a whole album that’s personal and in the way that he did it.

And to hear why he did it the way he did it in the Rap Radar interview, it’s like, ‘I know how to rap. I wanted it to feel personal. I wanted it to feel like I’m talking to you in a conversation.’ That was dope to even take that aspect, like it doesn’t have to be perfect rap, the greater thing is I’m trying to get an idea and an emotion and bring you into my world. That’s the dope thing. He’s always reinventing himself in that way. And how he proves that is you can’t put an age on hip-hop.

Has he heard your album yet?

I don’t know, I’m not sure. But I did get to see him after Made In America and I was telling him how good he did on the show and he grabbed me by the shoulder and said ‘Man you’re doing a great job, you’re rapping your ass off.’ I know he’s always watching so I can’t wait to get his feedback when the time is right

I also noticed on the album that you have TDE features. You’ve worked with Ab-Soul before. Who haven’t you worked with?

The three artists on TDE that I haven’t worked with yet are Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q, and SZA. I also haven’t worked with Isaiah Rashad.
It’s known that your camps have a mutual respect for each other. Where do you see the similarities? Because you guys have really good musical chemistry.

I think we are just like-minded. We both really love the music and the culture and we respect each other. We just make music cause we all like making music together and we don’t let the business get in the way of it. We don’t ever trip about money or who getting credit for what. It was like, ‘Let’s just make something dope.’ It’s just really easy, and we all kind of grew together in our own right. Around the times that TDE was just getting started, Jamla was kind of just getting started too at the same time. Every time they come through North Carolina, they would come to the studio and hang. 9th, Soul Council always sending beats back and forth. And TDE has had an incredible rise since then.

“Power” is your third collaboration with Kendrick. How do you approach the subject matter because Kendrick is really going there when he wants to address something. Can you explain how this song came together?

I was working on this album for like two years, the first year I had like five songs and I knew I wanted to work with him again. It’s just some songs where I hear his voice on and I hear his presence. He’s so versatile in what he can do. I hear him on this, and I hear him doing something. So we sent him a folder of like four or five songs and I was like, ‘I’m sending you this folder. Listen to it. If you like anything and you want to get on it, just let me know which one.’

What did Lance Skiiiwalker add to it?

Lance is definitely his own man. He does his own thing; he’s his own person for real. Super talented and big heart, though. We were trying to figure out what we wanted to do with the hook. I can try to do a hook. I’m not the best hook writer, but when I catch one, I catch one. I wasn’t hearing me on it. At the time, Lance had just officially signed to TDE but they hadn’t made the announcement yet. So Dave Free was like, ‘Yo, we got this new artist, let’s give him a try on it.’ So we sent it to him. And he killed it right out the gate, he brings this whole new element and energy to it that was missing.

So the second song that Kendrick was supposed to be on, it is still on the album?

Yes. “You Should Know.” Before Busta got on it, that was one of the ones that Kendrick liked a lot.

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