Princess Nokia just re-released a remastered and expanded version of her 2014 debut full length Metallic Butterfly, featuring three bonus tracks from the era. Before the rapper/actor/model/intersectional feminist became the icon she is today, Destiny Frasqueri was a young trip-hop and Bjork-obsessed NYC raver kid.
The album showcases all sides of what we’ve now come to know as the definitive multi-faceted artist Princess Nokia: music lover, philosopher, activist and anime nerd. The music was composed entirely with hip-hop producer OWWWLS, who also worked closely with her on 1992 Deluxe and has been her current live DJ.
Metallic Butterfly (Remastered & Expanded) features some of the enduring hits that are part of her live show, such as the pumped-up, drum-n-bass love song ‘Dragons’, the Afro-Latina pride anthem ‘Corazon En Afrika’, and the empowering mantra ‘Young Girls’. These fan favourites and more are finally available on streaming services for the first time.
Earlier this year, she released A Girl Cried Red–her mixtape showcasing another fully formed side of Destiny that still taps into the uncompromising feminist ideology of Princess Nokia. After touring non-stop behind 1992 Deluxe and A Girl Cried Red for the better part of two years, Princess Nokia is currently taking some much-earned time off and working on new material.
Listen / purchase Metallic Butterfly: https://princessnokia.lnk.to/metallicbutterfly
Additionally, below is a handwritten letter that Destiny wrote on the day of the record’s original release.