Photo courtesy of Rapsody's Facebook page

Written by Mike Orie of TheConsciousTip.com
Jay Z's Roc Nation imprint appears to be making continuos efforts to grow its roster. Adding to the already long list of talented artists including Vic Mensa, Skylar Diggins, J. Cole and Jay Electronica, they now have a new addition to the family. 28-year old Rapsody makes history becoming the first female hip hop artist to sign to Jay Z's Roc Nation imprint.

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The news broke via Twitter by Young Guru, Jay Z's former engineer and the current director of operations for Jamla Records. The North Carolina native announced the news this past weekend during the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival live streamed by Tidal. Before the announcement, she was currently signed to North Carolina based label, Jamla Records led by hip hop mega producer 9th Wonder. 9th Wonder is known for his production for both Jay Z and Beyonce along with his role in legendary hip hop group Little Brother. Rapsody is currently signed to both Jamla Records and Roc Nation.

Yes @rapsody is now a @RocNation artist. I told ya we not playing with Jamla. Welcome to Jam/Roc!!

If you aren't familiar with Rapsody, you might recognize her from a featured verse on Complexion, a standout track on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly. "12 years of age thinking my shade too dark." For quite sometime, Rapsody has consistently been vocal about issues in the African American community such as colorism, inequalities and injustice. Her deal with Roc Nation will undoubtedly allow her a larger platform to share her music and could potentially align exclusive releases on Tidal. Become more familiar with her as an artist below via Revolt TV.



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Mike "Orie" Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website www.theconscioustip.com. In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie


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