Destiny Frasqueri AKA Princess Nokia represents the unbreakable past of born and bred New Yorkers. Her work is as unapologetic and multidimensional as possible, following in the tradition of hip-hop’s inventors and innovators that use their voices to the classist, racist, and patriarchal world.
Having originally broke out on the underground rap scene back in 2010, she's since released a 9-track debut LP, 1992, which is arguably one of the most straightforward hip-hop and rap records we've heard in a while. 1992 shows Nokia embracing her individuality and feminism, while spitting her interesting and authentic narrative. The Album brings snippets of Nokia’s surroundings into full view, and sounds are plucked from a vintage New York. One we can't get enough of is her track “Bart Simpson," which Princess Nokia is one of her favorites as well. In a conversation with Idol magazine, Princess Nokia had this to say about "Bart Simpson":
"It was the last song I recorded, and I came into it so strong, the shit is just so hardcore; its dark, kind of geeky and really nerdy. It’s pro New York, and just so pro so many things. I like that I got to talk a lot about things, like comic books and skipping school and being an underachiever – I got to speak on all of those truths about myself that are usually the favorite things about myself. I thought it was a really interesting narrative of a very androgynous girl, you know, who still looks like a kid, feels like a kid – is like a bad little mischievous kid."