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Rapsody Drops New Video for “AFENI” featuring PJ Morton

NEW YORK, NY (January 10, 2020) — Critically celebrated artist and 3-time GRAMMY nominee Rapsody released a stunning visual for her new single “Afeni” today. The visual, directed by Cam Be, features Grammy-winning R&B singer PJ Morton, who also lends his vocals to the track. The song, which sparks reflection on the interpersonal relationship between black men and women, is the latest single release from the Jamla Records/Roc Nation recording artist’s acclaimed third studio album EVE, which was released in August 2019 (in partnership with Def Jam Recordings). Rapsody will be supporting the album on her recently announced headlining A Black Woman Created This Tour, with dates across North America this upcoming February and March.

“I’ve always wanted to sample Tupac’s ‘Keep Ya Head Up.’ That song captures so much of this album: respecting, protecting and loving black women,” Rapsody said of the song in a statement. “This is my way of engaging with that conversation. It’s the way I wanted to show the emotions from the perspective of a black woman.”

The video had its broadcast premiere on BET Soul and BET Jams today, with display on the iconic  ViacomCBS billboard in New York’s Times Square.

The theme of black female empowerment lives in Rapsody’s music. 2019’s EVE is comprised of songs named after iconic women of color from both past and present. In doing so Rapsody showcases the multi-faceted spectrum of black women – the beauty, and the legacy they’ve left and the future they are creating. Serena Williams, Michelle Obama, Nina Simone, and Sojourner Truth are just some of the 15 black female heroes paid tribute to. In addition to PJ Morton, EVE sees unmatched star power in its list of guest features from legends like D’Angelo and GZA, who teamed up with Rapsody for the album’s first single “IBTIHAJ,” to Queen Latifah. Current rap stars like J. Cole and J.I.D and Leikeli47 who spits on the empowering “OPRAH”, as well as Elle Varner, Sir, K Roosevelt, and Mereba. EVE is now available to purchase or stream here.

Last month, Rapsody announced her own headlining A Black Woman Created This Tour in support of EVE. The tour kicks off February 4 in Philadelphia and is scheduled to run through March 13 in Rapsody’s home state of North Carolina – see list of full dates below.  Tickets are now on sale – more information here.

EVE succeeds Rapsody’s two previous albums, both praised by critics at-large — the 2012 debut The Idea of Beautiful and 2017’s Laila’s Wisdom, which featured a star-studded group of guests (Kendrick Lamar, Anderson Paak, Busta Rhymes, Musiq Soulchild, etc) and made her a bonafide rap star. Laila’s Wisdom was nominated for two Grammys® in 2018: Best Rap Song (for “Sassy”) and Best Rap Album, making her the only female nominated in the latter category that year. The groundwork laid prior to Laila’s Wisdom included her outstanding verse on Anderson.Paak’s “Without U” and her first GRAMMY nomination for her exceptional performance on Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore album To Pimp A Butterfly.

A Black Woman Created This Tour dates are below:

2/4/2020 – Philadelphia, PA

2/5/2020 – Washington, DC

2/6/2020 – New York, NY

2/7/2020 – Boston, MA

2/9/2020 – New Haven, CT

2/11/2020 – Burlington, VT

2/12/2020 – Montreal

2/13/2020 – Toronto, ON

2/14/2020 – Detroit, MI

2/16/2020 – Cleveland, OH

2/17/2020 – Columbus, OH

2/19/2020 – Chicago, IL

2/20/2020 – Lawrence, KS

2/22/2020 – Denver, CO

2/23/2020 – Boulder, CO

2/25/2020 – Vancouver, BC

2/26/2020 – Seattle, WA

2/27/2020 – Portland, OR

3/2/2020 – Oakland, CA

3/3/2020 – Los Angeles, CA

3/7/2020 – Dallas, TX

3/9/2020 – Houston, TX

3/11/2020 – Atlanta, GA

3/12/2020 – Charlotte, NC

3/13/2020 – Raleigh, NC/Durham, NC

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