Princess Nokia, real name Destiny Frasqueri, is the Bronx-based rapper and self-proclaimed tomboy who released a hard-as-nails album called 1992 this year. Princess Nokia names herself as the queen of underground music. Born in Manhattan, Frasqueri made her way from East Harlem to the Lower East Side until finally landing in the Bronx. This tiny, soft-spoken New Yorker packs a lyrical punch with her melodic hip-hop sound — bringing feminist, non-binary, good-vibes beauty to every instrumental she gives words.
She lost her mother at a young age and still draws on the significance of motherless characters. She also honours her culture and community as major influences on her craft and style — a style that fluctuates from day to day. She gives mesmerizing performances as seen in her AFROPUNK FEST 2014 performance. She undertakes a more masculine presence for her ‘Tomboy‘ video, then embraces her powerful feminine persona in her ‘Young Girls‘. Her ambition is sky-high, she makes no apologies, and above all, her heart is open — there’s never been anything cooler than that.
In a new FADER documentary called Destiny, Nokia tells her incomparable life story with passion and humor, as she prepares for her album’s release from stoop, to house show, to the bathroom at the club, and beyond. Destiny premieres in full on Tuesday, November 29 on TheFADER.com.
Source: The FADER
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