HAVE YOU HEARD PRINCESS NOKIA'S "G.O.A.T"?
Throughout her career Princess Nokia has embodied a slew of New York archetypes. The versatility of her raps has allowed her to embody roles as diverse as a Y2K cyber-warrior, an earthly den mother in Central Park’s wilder hideaways, a skateboarding tomboy on asphalt playgrounds, and a sun-kissed disco queen. With each transformation her sound has changed, and on “G.O.A.T.,” Frasqueri’s first release for Rough Trade, she shapeshifts into another quintessential NY character: the untouchable street rapper.
On “G.O.A.T.” her delivery relaxes: it’s all languid swagger, relishing each syllable, shouting out hard Memphis rappers Gangsta Boo and La Chat. She declares herself the “boss bitch that’s running shit” in a Nicki Minaj styled drawl, over a quiet and ominous beat, punctuated with the occasional hi-hat flutter. She raps about skinny jeans and Vans and Myspace, and hearing her claim her territory, while holding onto self-proclaimed weird girl signifiers feels like its own type of victory. The accompanying video she co-directed with long-time collaborator Milah Libin echoes the lyrics’ confidence: Frasqueri rolls around the city in a flaming hot three-wheeler, dressed the part in a Yankees hat over a bandana, her sneer unflinching, save for when she breaks into a brief, knowing grin.