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Princess Nokia
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Princess Nokia

Sounds Like: What would happen if Recess' Ashley Spinelli moved to the Lower East Side and started rapping

For Fans of: Junglepussy, Tyler, the Creator, Zebra Katz

Why You Should Pay Attention: Destiny Frasqueri, the 25-year-old rapper known as Princess Nokia, racked up over 4 million views for her song "Tomboy." Aesthetically she tips her hat to old school rap, but her signature cyber-grit gives her records an edge that makes the rough and tough New Yorker a clear product of the internet age. Most recently, she made headlines for throwing soup at a racist passenger on the subway. Not a surprising turn of events for the unapologetic MC who practices what she preaches: "Ain’t no rap talk/This my real life."Life imitated art, since she has song lyrics like, "Livin' in the city you can’t be a xenophobe/This the melting pot/And the soup is never cold."

She Says: Identity has a lot do with Nokia's music, especially on her latest album, 1992 Deluxe, where she uses her oppressors as a punching bag, taking hits at everything from your man to the foster care system. "I don't care that people get inspired necessarily by the music itself, but just the statement that a young 20-something year old girl talks about these things, or has these experiences, or is so fucking ballsy, or has so much moxie," she says. "I just want people to be like, 'Yo that shit is dope, like who cares, like who gives a fuck?'"

Hear for Yourself: "G.O.A.T" is Princess Nokia's rebel anthem, where she has the confidence of the prom queen and the mouth of a delinquent. Daniela Tijerina

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