(AllHipHop News) Rapsody earned two Grammy nominations for her 2017 album Laila's Wisdom. The Jamla/Roc Nation/Def Jam representative will drop her third studio LP titled Eve on August 23, and she took a different aesthetic route with the new project.
"I want this to sound completely different than the last one, because I think people have started to try to put me in a box where they almost know what to expect. Or they only expect me to have one lane or talk about one thing and only rap over a certain tempo or style of production," said Rapsody during an interview with Beats 1's Nadeska for Apple Music.
The former North Carolina State University student added, "I can do anything that I want. But I didn't want to compromise my art. I didn't want to chase trends and try to prove anything like I can fit in. If I'm going to do it, I'm going to do it in my own way. But I'm going to show you there's no box for me. I can do anything. So with this one, I just went in and really experimented."
Rapsody went on to talk about working with producer Eric G of The Soul Council on a "North Carolina trap beat" sound. Earlier this month, her fans got a preview of what to expect from Eve with the "Ibtihaj" single featuring D'Angelo and GZA.
Tracks on the album are named after famous Black women such as Nina Simone, Aaliyah, Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, Tyra Banks, Michelle Obama, and Afeni Shakur. Eve will feature J. Cole, Queen Latifah, Leikeli47, Elle Varner, SiR, J.I.D, and more.