— Following her 2016 breakthrough album, Laila’s Wisdom, Rapsody prepares to release her third and most anticipated project, Eve.

Back in June, Rapsody announced that she’d soon be releasing a new album titled, Eve. She also shared her desire to name each song after a Black woman due to her belief that she is an extension of every Black woman. Well, ‘soon’ is quickly transitioning into ‘now’ as Rapsody has dropped the official cover art and tracklist.

The album, named after the Bible’s original woman, includes tracks named after some of Rapsody’s greatest female inspirations such as Sojourner Truth, Nina Simone, Aaliyah, Maya Angelou, Michelle Obama, Tyra Banks, Serena Williams, and more. The tracklist also reveals a number of big-name features including Queen Latifah, J. Cole, Mereba, Elle Varner, D’Angelo, GZA, J.I.D, Leikeli 47, PJ Morton, SiR, and K. Roosevelt.

So far, Rapsody has only released one single titled, “IBTIHAJ”, featuring D’Angelo and GZA along with an accompanying music video. The music video, directed by Jay Scorsese and Misa Hylton, was a powerful representation of the power and beauty of Black women and even included surprise cameos from Hip-Hop legends Mary J. Blige and Roxanne Shanté.

Eve, which follows up Rapsody’s two previous albums The Idea of Beautiful (2012) and Grammy-nominated Laila’s Wisdom, is due for release on Friday, August 23rd via Roc Nation.

Tracklist:

  1. NINA
  2. CLEO
  3. AALIYAH
  4. OPRAH ft. Leikeli 47
  5. WHOOPI
  6. SERENA
  7. TYRA
  8. MAYA ft. K. Roosevelt
  9. IBTIHAJ ft. D’Angelo + GZA
  10. MYRLIE ft. Mereba
  11. Reyna’s Interlude
  12. MICHELLE ft. Elle Varner
  13. IMAN ft SiR + J.I.D
  14. HATSHEPSUT ft. Queen Latifah
  15. SOJOURNER ft. J. Cole
  16. AFENI ft. P.J. Morton

— Multifaceted artist, Mereba (AKA Marian Mereba), is ready to recharge and get back to work after recently coming off of tour. But, before you start looking for new work from her, check out her first Spotify Playlist Takeover.

Although Marian Mereba isn’t quite a household name just yet, the Ethiopian-American musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer can easily be viewed as one of the most eclectic artists on the scene. As a frequent collaborator of Atlanta’s Spillage Village Hip-Hop collectiveMereba has been featured on countless Hip-Hop tracks and has been highly sought after for her ability to flawlessly blend numerous genres. In fact, her musical palette makes her the perfect candidate for playlist curation and Spotify has taken notice. One can only imagine that this had a lot to do with their decision to reach out to Mereba to takeover their Shuga Cane playlist.

The playlist features an incredible assortment of artists and songs from a variety of genres and cultural backgrounds within the African diaspora. When announcing her Shuga Cane takeover on Facebook Mereba wrote,

“It’s in celebration of today’s launch of Spotify’s new #AfroHub  which is a space to celebrate our rich & diverse African heritages & shine new light on music across the African diaspora.”

The phenomenal list of artists featured on the playlist include Arima Ederra, Fela Kuti, Ari Lennox, Afro B, Kardinal Offishall, Masego, Noname, Smino, J.I.D., Sade, Miriam Makeba, and too many more to name.

The playlist is undoubtedly worth a listen (or ten), so be sure to check it out right here. Also, stay tuned for more from Mereba as she’s been working on a new project. Her latest 2 releases,“Black Truck” and“Planet U” are expected to appear on the project as well—both of which appear on the Shuga Cane playlist above.