It takes one listen to the album 1992 to have some idea of who rappess Princess Nokia- an outspoken, self identified bitch who does "whatever the fuck she wants" according to her song Kitana. She's known for a being a Tomboy who raps hard rhymes that empower women and LGBTQ+ peoples, but according to her latest spread with Playboy, Princess Nokia is far more complex than just being classified as a "tomboy."
The Playboy photos embody the four elements: earth, wind, water, and fire. Nokia says in the article that she wanted the photos to embody the different elements that exist within us all, but also wanted to show her more feminine side to show her complexity as a person and artist.
Nokia told Playboy that she is often criticized for changing from her roots of being a "tomboy," but she is too complex to fit into one genre of style or gender. She told Playboy, “Every day I feel different. Every day it’s either masc or femme or in between. Every day is goth or bohemian. When I wake up and feel an energy, I coexist with it.”
Each photo easily identifies with each different element—snakes slither on the ground representing earth, doves fly in the air to show wind, fish for water, and a seductive red with candles in the background for fire. The photo set feels complete, powerful, and seductive, perfectly capturing Nokia's multi-faceted essence.
The shoot offers a far more femme view of Princess Nokia, and ranges from dark to bright in tone. All of the images have the ethereal power that Nokia raps with, something that comes from constantly needing to fight for her rightful place in the world. She told Playboy, "“I always have to fight for my seat at the table, because no one is going to give it to me—and I’ve accepted that.”
Princess Nokia's most recent releases was her song Sugar Honey Iced Tea, which has the chorus "These bitches don't like me," which Nokia said happens quite often as her music evolves. She told Playboy that her next album is focusing primarily on her spirituality and her astrological sign—she's a Gemini, by the way.
To read the full article, visit the Playboy website.