Princess Nokia identifies herself as a ‘tomboy,’ a ‘classic New York Boricua shorty,’ a ‘feminist,’ and ‘queerwoman’ who isn’t burdened, but empowered by her complexity. In my opinion, she is a versatile artist that can switch from singing to rapping, and vice-versa. ‘A Girl Cried Red’ is an eight-track mixtape of first-rate alternative music, and an absolute treat.
5. FOR THE NIGHT
On ‘For the Night’, Princess Nokia abandons her broken heart and tries to find comfort in money, fun and getting high. She also develops a level of self-confidence that makes her sound really strong emotionally. Although, you can tell she’s still a hurt girl inside (Deep, right?).
The Interlude encompasses one of the best features of this mixtape — great instrumentation. Without words, she succeeds in conveying the emotional message she’s been singing about throughout this mixtape.
3. LITTLE ANGEL
Although she doesn’t sing about herself or loneliness on this song, she dedicates it to a little boy who she describes as a “golden boy” and an ”angel”. She reminisces about his time alive in a way that any listener would miss this boy without meeting him. The song will elicit some strong emotions from her listeners.
2. AT THE TOP
Ms. Nokia sounds her most confident on ‘At the Top,’ as she replaces her coat of loneliness with a classy and expensive one. I love how she addresses her haters and flaunts her achievements with an outstanding rhythm throughout.
1. FLOWERS & ROPES
“Flowers and ropes” is the first track off of the mixtape. On it, Nokia’s voice is unique and her harmony adds a spice to the track. The instrumentation on this track is seasoned with different flavors of string sounds and percussion instruments that are latent, yet they bring out the best out of this song. Content-wise, s**t is pretty deep, as Nokia sings about being lonely after being in a relationship with a beautiful female who turned out to be “just like the rest”. Don’t you just hate that?
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. FLOWERS & ROPES(5/5)
2. YOUR EYES ARE BLEEDING (4/5)
3. FOR THE NIGHT (4.5/5)
4. LOOK UP KID (3.9/5)
5. INTERLUDE (5/5)
6. MORPHINE (3.5/5)
7. AT THE TOP (4.7/5)
8. LITTLE ANGEL (4.9/5)
On this mixtape, Princess Nokia effortlessly expresses her emo-rap anthems about loneliness, against a backdrop of melodramatic guitars and club-focused beats. She emphasizes: “Smash my heart in pieces, It looks so good on the floor” in the intro of three songs. Those lines encompass her mood on this project: A broken-heated lonely girl who struggles to get out of the cage of depression while finding comfort in a lot of money and a fake smile. The instrumentation on this album is excellent, and her lyrics are deep and laced with strong metaphors. Not only does she share her loneliness with great lyrics, she succeeds in making us share a bit of her loneliness. This mixtape is like a short story that is intriguing, engaging, and addictive.