“New rappers pop up all the time with a new sound like Chief Keef’s, or with a new mix of lots of sprawling influences like ASAP Rocky. The last few years I’ve mostly been drawn to that type of creative rap and more and more moved away from it’s classical tradition. I can still appreciate a good lyricist but rap to me is something else, something bigger than metaphors and puns.”
[inv_dropcap]I[/inv_dropcap] don’t even know what to write about this… Let me just say that I am from New Orleans, I have never been to Sweden nor do I have any connections to that part of the world beside with my music. I said all that to say, this week I was featured on Swedish site ThrowMeAway, which would be the equivalent to being featured on a major hiphop website here in America. But wait, that’s not the most exciting part. The best thing about this featured piece was that Swedish female reporter, Sanna Berg, did a review of my latest project THE CORONATION and got every point that I was trying to make with my music. I was a bit terrified when I began reading her review a because first of all, it was not written in English. I had to translate it by using Google Translate which left a few pronouns incorrect. Turning he’s into she’s. But, that wasn’t the scary part. I was mainly afraid after I came across the following lines which described how over the years the writer began to embrace the new and, in my opinion, less conceptual form of rap that has become popular on the watered down payola paid radio stations of today. She wrote:
I cant lie, those few lines severed me. Here my thoughts had been of how the traditional from rap that she spoke of, was rap at it’s purest form. A form which hadn’t yet been tainted by some of the less passionate and less talented rappers of today. Just as I was getting ready to prepare myself for the public thrashing, I went on to read:“But when I listen to 3D Na’Tee’s new mixtape “The Coronation” I want to forget all screwed adlibs, the swag rap, and other modern nonsense. Nothing surpasses 3D Na’Tee. In my ears, she is the perfect rapper.”
“Sigh of relief” I thought…
This reporter from Sweden who, a few minutes ago, made me think that my Swedish pass was been revoked before I had even received it, just called me THE PERFECT RAPPER. Hold up… I read on as she continued to write:
It seems there is no place for an artist like Na’Tee on the contemporary rap scene. She does not fit into any of the predefined compartments made for rappers, especially if these rappers happen to be women. She must be placed in a lane of her own in order to be marketed. Na’Tee is doing something completely new and something … else. She raps openly and honestly, showing both strong and vulnerable sides. She shows pride and disappointment. I cry when I listen to “THE CORONATION“. I think it’s about how Na’Tee really stands up for herself, refusing to be ashamed, refusing to budge, refusing to let anyone else define who she is. I think it’s about how she let all that hardship she experienced be a part of her but she refuses to let it be the only thing that defines who she is.
She went on to break down each record. From ‘Roll My Carpet Out’ to ‘I Want More ft Keri Hilson’ to ‘Wild.’ What was great about the article was that she absolutely understood who I am as an artist. She understood the wittier bars just as much as the vulnerable verses. She my street influenced lines just as much as he understood the introspective, conscious, back back rap bars. She understood my seriousness just as much as my silliness. Ive never been called ‘Perfect’ because personally, I am far from it. However, her Sanna Berg’s critique of my latest project, The Coronation, made me realized just how close I maybe getting to hiphop perfection. Read the article: ENGLISH VERSION or SWEDISH VERSION