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If you want proof of Princess Nokia’s firepower behind the mic across diverse styles, look no further than the 2020 dual albums Everything Sucks and Everything is Beautiful.
Everything is Beautiful, held together by a bedrock of lush, soulful instrumentation, shows Nokia’s more vulnerable side across 12 feel-good tracks.
Sucks, on the other hand, is a tough-as-nails combination of minimal trap beats, growls and boasts. Standout single “I Like Him,” surpassed even her 2017 breakout hit “Tomboy,” receiving Gold certification from the RIAA and becoming inescapable on TikTok. (We still have “my little titties and my phat belly” stuck in our heads pretty much 24/7, though). Elsewhere, “Harley Quinn” and “Welcome to the Circus” are twisted odes to chaos with just a pinch of winking juggalo spice tossed in for good measure.
Although both records have distinct, well-defined aesthetics, Nokia talks about how she brings together disparate influences for something distinctly her own on both. A chameleon since day one, the Afro-Indigenous artist traces her heritage to Puerto Rico and has lived in nearly every corner of New York, where she has founded the crews House of Mongo and Brujas. She has tackled goth, skater, ballroom, emo and other influences across her records.
Remarkably, none of her projects feel like a detour off course. Rather, each reveals and explores a layer of her artistry, as her stage show proves. Her energetic, commanding performances unify the material in a way that needs to be experienced to be believed.
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- Actor Director Ahya Simone Aladean Kheroufi Alex Cameron Alicia Clara AllCityJimmy Also Also Also Amy Nelson AN Apollo Ghosts Astral Swans
- Backxwash Bad Bodies Be Afraid Bennett Mitchell betaboys Big Rig BITTER//WASHED Black Thunder Blue Odeur BODY LENS Body Void Bog Bodies Bonnie Trash Bozo Brain Bent BRIDGELAND Bud Frazier and the Electric Razors Buddie Built to Spill
- Cardiograms Carissa Gem Cassia Hardy Cat 500 Caylem Simeon Chad VanGaalen Chairman Chron Goblin Circuit des Yeux Clea Anaïs Cold Water Control Top Counterfeit Jeans Crystal Eyes
- DA'AT Dead Fibres Dead Friends Debate Club Denimachine DJ Hannah Doohickey Cubicle Doreen Dot Cardigan Double Rider Dragon Fli Empire DRI HIEV Dump Babes
- Earthball Eine Kleine China Elizabeth Colour Wheel Ellen Froese Eve Parker Finley Everythingyoueverloved Exits Eye of Newt
- Fitness Flore Laurentienne Florida BC Frankie and the Witch Fingers Fulfilment
- Ghost Woman Ghostkeeper Ginger Beef Gone Cosmic Gorgeous Grimelda Grouper Guests - To Be Announced
- Hair Control Hairnet Handsome Tiger HARSH Heaven For Real Hélène Barbier Hermitess Holy Void HomeSick housepanther HYMMMelodies
- ILL Human Nation Isolato
- JAMES NOBLE Janette King Jarhead Fertilizer JED ARBOUR Jody Glenham Joyce Manor Julie Doiron Julius Sumner Miller
- k.burwash Kamikaze Nurse Kellarissa Kerkland Jerks Khillah Khills Kid Cali KindaColt KMVP knitting Krill Williams KT Laine KTheChosen Kue Varo & the Only Hopes
- L.A. Witch l.n. baba L.T.Leif La Luz Laura Hickli Lavender Country Leather Jacuzzi Little Destroyer Little Snake Living Hour Local Singles Lokey Love Language Low Low Hums Lowkita Lushings Lydia Lunch RETROVIRUS
- Mahogany Frog Maky Lavender Mares of Thrace Maria DeHart Marlaena Moore Matt MacNeil Matthew Cardinal Megamall Melodna Midnight News Mighloe MOREWINE Mortiferum Mother Tongues Motherhood Motorists MYNXY
- Natural Selection DJs Necking Neighbourly Nice Apple Nick Schofield No Frills NUM
- OKGB Ombiigizi Orchidae Osmanthus
- Pantayo Parisian Orgy Peace For Bombs PEARS Poltergeist Pony Girl Pope Joan POSTNAMERS Primitive Man Princess Nokia puppet wipes
- Queens D. Light
- R.A.P. Ferreira ra / sol The Radiation Flowers Raeburn Rempel & The Rousers The Rifle County Players Rip Room Rob Knaggs Ryan Bourne
- Samantha Savage Smith SASAMI Selci SEULEMENT Shearing Pinx Shirley & The Pyramids Silvering Sinzere Sister Suzie Skinny Dyck Slow Down Molasses Slut Prophet Snake River Sonido Nuevo SPRLUA State n Division Status/Non-Status Still Depths Stripmall Stucco Stuttr Sudan Archives Sufyvn Sunalta Sunforger Sunglaciers Surf Dads Suzi Analogue Sweeping Promises
- Takleef Ensemble tarotfuntime Tea Fannie Teebs Teen Daze (DJ Set) Temps Teon Gibbs Thomas Thomas Thus Owls Trash Magic Trench
- Uncanny Valley Uranium Club Uyemi
- Vagina Witchcraft
- wanderingaria Wet Cigarette Wihtikow Wilt Window Lamp Wine Lips Winona Forever Witch Victim WKO Wolf Willow Woodhawk Worse WUT
- Yankee Cowboy Yawn Yoo Doo Right
- ZENON+ Zoon