July 2014 National Music Reviews

Review: Princess Nokia – Metallic Butterfly

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Princess Nokia

Metallic Butterfly

Self-Released

Street: 05.12

Princess Nokia = SZA + Rocky Rivera

Count this among my “to be played all summer” lists, this release from Princess Nokia has won my heart and spoken to the depths of my soul. Formerly known as “Wavy Spice” (as featured on Ratking’s latest release), Princess Nokia has dropped her former moniker in exchange for an identity that encompasses her personality with a deeper connection to her work. In this self-released album, Nokia drops beats with producer OWWWLS and spits mad verse on top to create an eclectic, yet cohesive mix of R&B, hip-hop, and electronic, all infused with Afro, Latino, anime and futuristic elements, with fantasy, T9 and HTML sprinkled on top. “Dragons”, influenced by Game of Thrones, is a great jam to start with, but be prepared to jaw-drop during “Cybiko.”
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