A very welcome return for Rapsody as she delivers a brand new video, the first from her upcoming album. For Ibtihaj, the Snow Hill MC has drawn on inspiration from a 90’s classic, namely sampling GZA’s Liquid Swords, as well as getting the Wu Tang legend himself to drop a verse. There is more vocal assistance too from D’Angelo, as well as cameos from Mary J Blige and Roxanne Shante. The song is named in honour of Ibtihaj Muhammad, who was the first Muslim woman to wear a hijab while representing the US at the Olympics. Ibtihaj is produced by 9th Wonder and it’s taken from Eve, which is due for release on 23 August.
Back in 1998 it’s fair to say that The Soulquarians were a pretty formidable musical force. Featuring some of the most admired artists in the industry, including Questlove, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu and Bilal, the collective were responsible for the production of some of the finest albums of the era.
Things Fall Apart, Like Water For Chocolate and Voodoo were just some of the titles that they played a part in and although they fell relatively silent as a collective in around 2003, their legacy and individual talents still thrive today. Pitchfork recently put together this short film in honour of The Soulquarians, with some excellent animation from Concrete Jungle creator, Steven Cartoccio, and music from the Backwoodz Studioz favourite, Willie Green.