Destiny Nicole Frasqueri aka Princess Nokia or just plain Destiny is the new multifaceted fresh face of the female rap game. As an Afro-native women growing up in New York City, she draws inspiration from many different sources. Notable inspiration points are Old New York, Rock Operas and working with young girls. This all translate into her music well. She is able to generate many different sounds but distinctive voices that truly stand out to her audience.
The contrast is present in “Cybiko” and “Young Girls” singles from her EP, Metallic Butterfly. The two songs seem to carry the same essence of empowerment but have distinctive difference not only in genre but tone. In her latest EP, 1992, she addresses the issues many young femme’s face such as body acceptance, taking down the patriarchy, coming to terms with your androgynous side and being an unapologetic asshole. It’s her very eclectic style and casual approach that makes her arguably the most down to earth rapper to younger audiences.
“Tomboy”, one of her singles from 1992 is just an embodiment of Nokia’s blunt tongue and alpha female energy. In the very classic New York video, Nokia is showcasing her androgynous beauty. Hair laid rocking baggy sweats and over sized sweatshirts. Her proclamation of loving her “little titties and phat belly” is a true testaments to her carefree self loving attitude. The cockiness is reminisce of Lil Kim circa 1997.
The amount of female rappers in the mainstream game have never come close to matching males in the industry. In her sit down with Mass Appeal. She talks about on hyper masculinity and how upcoming female rappers (including herself) are contributing the change of that:
“The patriarchy, the dick-swinging: it’s all boring, and it makes me snooze. Male energy is currently being challenged by alpha female energy. By softness, by right-brain beauty. With that aside, I still like to make people feel uncomfortable and in a sense, fuck up their senses, while I blow them kisses.”
This is not a fabricated personality within in her music. Her spiritual non binary vibe is a not new entity in an effort to sell records. This is Destiny’s everyday reality. The duality within her sound and her advocacy for equality is what allows her to be the genuine in a generation that is looking for authenticity.