During a recent Breakfast Club interview, host Charlamagne Tha God asked Rapsody to explain one of her Laila’s Wisdom lyrics: “People enjoy the car more than the drive.” Rapsody spoke about the disconnect some have between aspiring for success and being both patient and disciplined. “You look at these people, and they have all this fame, all these accolades, but people don’t understand it took them 10 years to get there,” she told hosts Charlamagne, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee. She references a JAY-Z quote from a recent Rap Radar interview where her Roc Nation honcho stated, “People emulate the end result, not the process… Are you willing to practice your whole life?”
Rapsody looked within her peer group. “You see Kendrick Lamar doing what he’s doing; he’s been grinding for 10 years. When I came into this, I’m thinking about when I was younger, I was like: ‘Oh, I can put out one dope mixtape and bang, it’ll all hit.’ It never happens like that.” Rap’ recalled how long-term mentor and Jamla Records owner/producer, 9th Wonder set her straight early on, telling her, “You’re not going to see this thing ’til seven to 10 years.” 9th and Rap’ met more than a decade ago. However, the Grammy-winning producer/DJ took a closer interest around 2010. It was around that point that the North Carolina MC became a focal point within the burgeoning Jamla.
Rap’ noted: “That’s what separates the ones who are successful, not all the time talent, but patience, being able to stick with it, falling down seven times and getting up eight.” Rapsody started out by sharing that Laila’s Wisdom is named after her mother’s mom (aka “Big Momma”), who raised 14 children. The MC also adds that she is one of 150 grandchildren. Rap’ also offered up her definition of power, women in Rap; how Lauryn Hill and JAY-Z are her favorite MCs, and the importance of setting the line.
Rapsody also defined her recent single Power which features Kendrick Lamar “Power to me for one is knowing who you are,” the North Carolina MC said. “First you got to know yourself before you know what to do with your own power. You got to love yourself. Respect our power as women to bring life into this world.” She added that some people might confuse money for power, or end up focusing on the negative that chips away at their potential. Others might find power in God. “Power comes in different forms…People like to say that women are emotional, but that’s also powerful. I can connect with something on a whole other level that men can. That’s power to me, just recognizing your own power.”