Princess Nokia : It is all that I am.
I haven’t been able to pinpoint my favourite thing about Princess Nokia because I find her truly inspiring and beautiful in every way. She has no filter, she speaks her mind, she voices her values and stands behind them, and her independence shines. Nokia, born as Destiny Frasqueri, has this aura around her like an old soul, I believe, and it radiates when she speaks. When she speaks people listen.
Destiny is not here to be another pretty face in mainstream culture and music (even though she cute af, I see you, girl), she’s here to share her voice and her words. Her lyrics are open and honest, and a representation of herself. In her single, Tomboy, Nokia raps “with my little titties and my phat belly… my body little, my soul heavy”. It makes an impact. Her music is wavy, women can listen and they can relate to it unlike any guy rapping about fucking 50 bitches in a night or any other rap song tbh.
Nokia raps about the struggle she feels in wanting to be her truest self, she talks about social issues, raises her support of LGBT rights, and even about the socio-cultural problems in Manhatten. Not only that, but Princess Nokia is a persona in itself, letting her venture deep into her creative mind to create such diverse music. In an interview with Bullet Magazine, she explains Princess Nokia:
“As Princess Nokia I can project the multi-dimensional aspects of myself that I could not express with the name Wavy Spice. I can venture into any realm of music or character of my choosing without confusion. I’m making worldly music—music that will talk to all kinds of people. Banjee girls in Harlem, teen brides in the Middle East, gay boys in East Asia. Labels no longer matter. My new music is cosmic and three-dimensional, and it will really speak of who Princess Nokia is. Princess Nokia is sound. It is progression. It is all that I am.”
Using her music as a means of activism, Destiny founded Smart Girl Club, which is an Urban Feminist Collective that aims to bring together women of all backgrounds and allows creative collaboration and celebration. Destiny, and her Princess Nokia persona, are truly inspiring advocates for feminist, race and queer politics.
Check out her 15-minute-long FADER documentary below, and also her interview with snobette!
PRINCESS NOKIA - DESTINY (DOCUMENTARY)
PRINCESS NOKIA: NO ONE EVER ASKS MALE RAPPERS "WHAT DO YOU THINK OF FEMALE HIP-HOP?"