Yesterday, Rapsody released her third studio album, Eve, that doubles as a heartfelt celebration of black women.
All 16 songs on the record are named after accomplished black women, from historical figures like the Egyptian pharaoh Hatshepsut and abolitionist Sojourner Truth to more contemporary trailblazers like Oprah Winfrey and Tyra Banks. The North Carolina rapper pays homage to both artists—think Maya Angelou, Nina Simone and Whoopi Goldberg—and athletes—Serena Williams and fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad—alike.
A few guests help Rapsody pay tribute, including fellow North Carolina native J Cole on “Sojourner,” as well as SiR, JID and Leikeli47. There are also some unexpected and exciting names: Queen Latifah appears on “Hatshepsut,” while D’Angelo and GZA contribute to “Ibtihaj.”
“This album is coming out in a time where we’re really talking about what it means to be a black woman in America, and black women are really riding to the forefront in a lot things that we do,” Rapsody told NPR Music. “People are looking more to us and appreciating us more. Our voices are being heard, whether it’s a part of the political arena or in hip hop.”
Hear, hear. Stream Eve below: