‘I love you but this is goodbye’: Princess Nokia releases her genre bending EP


‘i love you but this is goodbye’ | Princess Nokia

Danielle Blaiq

Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, known as Princess Nokia, released her new EP “i love you but this is goodbye” on March 14.

It’s a genre-bending body of work that deserves more than one spin in rotation. In fact, the project may require several listens to fully digest its range. The New York-based rapper-songwriter’s new project is a seven-song compilation, with a runtime of 18 minutes and four seconds. In its many offerings, “i love you but this is goodbye” exposes a vulnerable side of Frasqueri falling out of love, ending an emotional chapter in her life and sharing her process of mourning and self-healing after heartbreak.

The album is a portrait of heartache that bring in low and reminiscent moments from her experiences. The opening song “closure” is tender in its approach. Frasqueri realizes that taking the high road is merely her default reaction to an immediate disappointment in love. She is intuitive enough, as a songwriter, to know that her emotional grieving process doesn’t just end with knowing she needs “closure.”

“I wrote you this album for my closure…” the song said. Her confession is direct.

The album brings intense, high energy moments when the artist needed to find release to heal.

Frasqueri leaves no emotional stone unturned. The indie-recording artist’s ability to seamlessly alter her delivery to match the accompaniments is where she shines as an artist. In each song, she becomes a different version of herself, stepping in fully present, moving the story along. She presents a new genre of sound on each song with its own intensity.

The artist doesn’t overperform any aspect of this project and successfully transitions the styling, pacing and placement of each song in a way that the project flows with ease. She incorporates various sound elements to drive the album’s energy forward. The instrumentation also balances instances in the project when the lyrics are fewer and abstract in nature.

Her spirited delivery on “the fool,” a more light-hearted and animated sound, sets the tone for a deeper expression of raw emotional pain. Frasqueri skillfully finds a way to land the listener’s attention right back to where heartbreak finds her, open and vulnerable — a place where one must search for answers and find their footing to take the next step forward.

As a performer, she illustrates her internal condition well. She is versatile, showcasing her freedom through experimental flow. She sings along with the electric guitar’s riff on “closure” the, just as effortlessly, pivots to a hard-edged rap verse on the fifth song “angels and demons.”

Of all the songs on the album, the most attention grabbing — and most fitting to the rap genre — is “lo siento.” It showcases her range and artistic appeal the most, hands down. She proves herself as a gifted vocalist and linguist in addition to her range as a songwriter.

The EP ends with an empowering message of self-worth and inner strength. The songs “thank you” and “happy” commendably bring the project to a resolution, balancing the heavy-laden topic of “breakup” and spinning into a “happily-single-ever after” ending.

Overall, the EP is an enjoyable listen that I highly recommend for fans of emo-pop, experimental and rap based genres; listeners of Yaya Bey, Halima, Gorillaz, 6lack and Lion Babe will enjoy it.