A topic that should have expired many moons ago? That insipid battle cry to “bring New York back.” We get it, the Big Apple had an incredible hip hop run in its heyday, but for certain New Yorkers to insist that New York hasn’t produced quality music in years is both an insult and injustice to those artists who actually are.
A perfect example of this is Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, better known as Princess Nokia. In 2016 she released 1992, her first under the new moniker (she previously went by Wavy Spice in 2012, then Destiny in 2015). The buzz she generated from the project — and singles like “Tomboy” — she has rereleased 1992 with an additional eight new tracks. Calling the project her “true debut album,” her most popular tracks still remain on Deluxe (“Tomboy,” “Brujas”) as well as new offerings like “G.O.A.T.”, “Brick City”, and “Flava.” Wiki makes the lone guest appearance, on the pulsating “Saggy Denim.”
Stream 1992 Deluxe in its entirety below.
Nokia also released a video for “Flava,” which can be seen down bottom.