After nearly a decade as a leader and icon for outsiders and misfits, the New York-born Puerto Rican MC, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, style icon, actress, and activist Princess Nokia continues to speak up and speak out.
Unassumingly, yet naturally, she fills the cracks in mainstream culture with rigorous, raw, and real honesty encased in razor sharp raps, her voice amplified across music, fashion, film, and street culture. She may have been born Destiny Frasqueri, but today, Princess Nokia is a symbol of possibility.
Her journey to this point began with the loss of her mother and shuffling in-and-out of foster care for half of her life, and progressed as she began to chronicle it all in poetry. Poems transformed into anthems across early mixtapes and projects, including Honeysuckle, Vicki Gotti, and 1992. In 2017 she broke through with 1992 Deluxe [Rough Trade], which NME pegged among “The Albums of the Year,” Noisey graded an “A,” and The Guardian rated 4-outof-5 stars. She went on to sold-out shows, major festivals, directing her own videos, and making calculated moves to be heard even louder—hosting an Apple Music Beats 1 Radio show “The Voice in My Head with Princess Nokia” and co-starring in the high-profile Maison Margiela launch of their Mutiny fragrance. Widespread tastemaker acclaim soon followed from the likes of The New York Times, Stereogum, Vice, and more.
Retreating to Los Angeles to record new music in 2019, Princess Nokia saw a new era crystallize with the single “Sugar Honey Iced Tea (S.H.I.T.)”, which was praised by Vogue, Rolling Stone, E! and more. She released Genius Verified and VEVO CNTRL sessions for the track and graced the cover of Cultured Magazine in the same month. Then in 2020, Princess Nokia released a pair of albums simultaneously, Everything Sucks and Everything Is Beautiful, leading to her late night debut tonight on The Late Late Show with James Corden. A string of singles for new label partner Arista followed in 2021, beginning with “Boys Are From Mars” with Yung Baby Tate, which the New York Times called a “sumptuous rush of confidence”, and the “striking” (Vogue) “It’s Not My Fault.”
She also hit the road for her firstever US headlining tour including festival stops at Governor’s Ball in NYC and Lollapalooza in Chicago. Also in 2021, Celine’s Spring/Summer ‘21 fashion show was set to Princess Nokia’s viral smash hit and first ever RIAA certified Gold track “I Like Him” after she collaborated with Celine’s iconic designer Hedi Slimane for the collection. She performed on the new Gossip Girl and appeared in Kacey Musgraves’ star-crossed, and featured on Ashnikko’s Tik Tok smash “Slumber Party.”Quietly rising up as a voice the game needs, Princess Nokia continues to rap for all the right reasons. As she puts it on “S.H.I.T.,” “Don’t do this shit to be famous, I do this shit ‘cause I love it.” And with new music on the way, her Coachella debut this spring, her contribution to an upcoming benefit album alongside Taylor Swift, and a hometown show at Madison Square with Haim all set for 2022, the possibilities are truly endless with Princess Nokia.
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