Princess Nokia is a vital voice in music today. The dynamic and outspoken New York rapper, activist & spokesperson is a self-made entrepreneur and has always been a fiercely independent artist including controlling her masters and owning & controlling her publishing.
Born Destiny Frasqueri, she has been releasing music via YouTube and Soundcloud since she was in high school and catapulted herself to the next level with her 2017 album 1992 Deluxe–steadily gaining tens of millions of streams, selling out venues across the globe and performing at marquee festivals including Coachella, Glastonbury & Primavera Sound, while always creating safe spaces for historically marginalized people including women and LGBTQ+ at her shows. “Tomboy [youtube.com],” one of 1992 Deluxe’s standout singles, was also included on NPR Music’s “Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+ [npr.org]” list.
2018 was a big year for Frasqueri, who hosted a season of her own bi-weekly Beats 1 Radio show, Voices In My Head. She also released her emo-inspired mixtape A Girl Cried Red via Rough Trade Records in the spring, showcasing another fully formed side of Destiny that still taps into the uncompromising feminist ideology of Princess Nokia. In late-2018, she teamed up with Grammy Award-winning producer Timbaland to created the anthem for NBC Universal’s Erase The Hate [erasethehate.org] campaign–encouraging every one of us to take action in the fight against hate, and closed the year by reissuing her celebrated debut album Metallic Butterfly, making it available on DSPs for the first time. In addition to her music, Princess Nokia was featured in both Betsey Johnson [instagram.com]’s & North Face [youtu.be]’s Fall 2018 campaigns, and appeared as a voice on HBO’s animated show Animals.
2019 sees Princess Nokia exploring new opportunities including signing on to work with Platoon [rollingstone.com] (Billie Eilish, Jorja Smith, Stefflon Don, more) to distribute her new music independently. Valued her for her authentic voice, she continues to be and in-demand spokeswoman for an array of global brands including being one of the faces for MAC Cosmetics’ current VIVA GLAM [youtu.be] campaign. In late-June, she will also headline NYC Pride which will celebrate the monumental 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall and a half-century of LGBTQ+ liberation.