Rapsody, if you didn't know is an emcee signed under 9th Wonder's Jamla label. However assuming that you're reading this review because you know of Rapsody and you're curious as to whether or not her solo debut is truly worth picking up. Rap has dropped numerous mixtapes and has guest features all over other Jamla releases. Let's first start this review by saying this release will not disappoint any hip-hop fan at all.
Rapsody is an extremely talented lyricist and this album is a testament to that. The emcee covers a multitude of topics and while there are a decent amount of guests, she doesn't get overshadowed by any of them. The production is straight fire and none of the beats seem out of place. All of the instrumentals were produced by the Soul Council and mesh together really well, fitting her style to perfection.
Rapsody does everything from personal joints possibly centered around her life, to storytelling joints. Precious Wings was on of the standout tracks on the album, but the track after that, “Believe Me” is an anthem joint. While it was one of the album's singles, Rapsody for some odd reason is still considered an underdog and this track is all about her grind and how she's better than a lot of these whack rappers trying to run the game. 9th Wonder murdered the beat on this one and in fact reinvents the beat on a remix joint at the end of the album.
In the Drums is more or less a letter to hip-hop and how much it means to her. Hip-hop is an escape for her and in some ways is like a lifeline for her. Now Rapsody also tackles some serious topics, love is a topic that comes up a couple of times on the record. Good Good Love is one of those joints, which features BJ the Chicago Kid and has a soulful feel to it with BJ murdering the hook. Rapsody talks on something that we've all went through, love gained, love sustained and then love lost. The pain, happiness, stress and awesomeness that comes with being in a relationship. The beat fits the topic perfectly.
There are also some real chill joints on the album, a favorite is Round Table Discussion, another single that was released before the album. 9th Wonder on the beat with Mac Miller (who actually had a nice verse on this one) and The Cool Kids. The track is chill and has all the emcees bringing some nice lyrics to the table. “The Cards” is another favorite on the album which features Big Remo and both emcees talk about dealing with what they have and using it to get to where they are now.
Rapsody creates a fantastic record with The Idea of Beautiful. This was her coming out party and she didn't disappoint. The Soul Council put together soulful, sample filled soundscapes that Rapsody takes full advantage of. Rapsody covers a diversity of topics using storytelling, clever lines and more. There's honestly not a dull moment on this album and any hip-hop head will enjoy it.
-Michael Stover (@BigSto)