Princess Nokia, aka Destiny Nicole, is an Afro-Puerto Rican artist from New York city. She is a free-spirited, radical, intersectional feminist who is a force to be reckoned with. The album titled ‘1992’ is Princess Nokia’s first official album. The storyline of this mixtape follows the highlights of her childhood as a gothic, comic -book-reading, tomboy. Princess Nokia lived in a simple time then, before she lost her mother and was put into foster care. The mixtape represents her nostalgia of the 90’s and how the 90’s shaped her into the exquisite woman she is today.
Nokia’s debut album ‘1992’ provides various sounds in each song that all somehow make a cohesive album. “Bart Simpson” is the first track on the album; it’s smooth with an obvious 90’s rap feel. Listening to this track makes me visualize Nokia in a studio in the zone with the likes of legendary rappers such as Notorious B.I.G. Her flow is undeniable as each track differs from the one before it. Nokia is a smooth operator. Nokia is loud. Nokia is strong. Nokia is magic.
After ‘Bart Simpson,’ the following five tracks are bangers. Nokia comes at you full force addressing her attitude, her style, and her cultural background. She dabbles in everything from a drill music Esq sound to a feminine magical approach to rap music. She then takes us back in time with soulful samples and odes to New York. Immediately after she takes us back to her comedic playful sound. 1992 is a variety pack of an album that represents Nokia as an artist and a person.
Princess Nokia is not one to be slept on. She radiates positivity and is a fierce woman who brings awareness to social issues. ‘1992’ does it for the culture. It is an album that speaks to people of color, inner city kids and outsiders all at the same time. If you haven’t heard about Princess Nokia yet, it’s time to wake up and get with the program. I am expecting this album to carry her to higher levels of success and broaden her already large fan base. Overall, ‘1992’ is a hit. 5/5 stars in my eyes. ‘1992’ will not be leaving my recently played playlist for a long time.