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STYLIST AKEEM SMITH
"...THIS IS THE METAMORPHOSIS OF THE 22ND CENTURY, TRANSMUTING A HIGHER FREQUENCY FOR THE WORLD TO THRIVE ON. WELCOME TO METALLIC BUTTERFLY, WHERE YOU ARE NOW FREE. ON THIS PLANET YOU ARE NOW RELEASED OF ALL PLAGUE AND DISEASE. YOU ARE NOW ONE WITH YOURSELF AND THE MASTER CREATOR. IT IS TIME THAT YOU UTILIZE YOUR GREATEST POTENTIAL BEFORE IT IS TAKEN FROM YOU FOREVER..."
FROM V88 THE MUSIC ISSUE: Twenty-one-year-old rapper Princess Nokia—previously known as Wavy Spice—doesn’t have a cell phone. If you want to get in touch with her, you have to ring her boyfriend, approach her at her women’s art collective (Smart Girl Club, up in the Bronx), or perhaps catch her out and about. “My whole approach to music is very DIY New York–inspired,” she says. “Brooklyn raves, Brooklyn house parties, downtown gay extravaganzas, punk shows, art shows, shared spaces…I just really like going out, the depth and experience of doing live shows.”
Nokia’s concerts are very much reflective of a post-Internet-era, multifaceted New York identity. “I’m a fairy girl,” she declares. “I’m like cyber-alterna. Divine creature. You can call me a metaphysical creature,” she adds with a wink. “You can write that.” She combines diverse sonic references—Caribbean jazz, grime, Jamaican dance hall, Turkish pop, even “New Agey adult contemporary”—to create a sound that she describes as “fairy wave,” full of acutely abrasive, fast-spun ruminations on sex, drugs, and youthful materialism. “It’s really a perspective on myself and the New York experience,” says Nokia, who will be releasing her first mixtape, Metallic Butterfly, this spring. “I take music very seriously, because it’s always been a huge part of my life.” ASHLEY SIMPSON
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May 12th, 2014. Princess Nokia's first full-length, Metallic Butterfly is out today and it is a gorgeous survey of the eclectic influences that make up our new favorite club kid. Step into a world of sultry R&B love songs, genuine trip-hop/dance tracks and Dragon Ball Z samples, ending with a sweet serenade to tribal traditionals. Warning: To thoroughly enjoy this mixtape, you'll want to abide by the 1990s doctrine of Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect. Open your heart and let the spirit of cyberpunk lift you away on its shimmering, metallic wings. NATASHA STAGG
Makeup Yumi (L’Atelier) Hair Rudy Martins (L’Atelier) Photo assistants Cameron DeMarco and Denis Vlasov Stylist assistant Aryeh Lappin Production assistant Kyle Robertson Location Splashlight SoHo, NY