This May kicked off Summer with some fantastic rap releases from Tyler, the Creator, DJ Khaled, Smoke DZA, Logic, Denzel Curry, Duckwrth, YG, Flying Lotus, Joey Bada$$’s new Beast Coast crew, and Megan Thee Stallion, but this months title doesn’t come from the huge names listed above, but from Brooklyn rapper Nitty Scott on “SONIA” from Jamila Woods’ sophomore record, LEGACY! LEGACY!
Like most of Woods’ release, and even Noname’s cleverly worded Verse of the Month from last September, Nitty’s verse is reminiscent of veteran female MC’s like MC Lyte or Monnie Love, as she raps about self-worth, mental health, and knowing what you need out of a strong relationship.
Read the lyrics via Genius and listen to Nitty Scott’s verse on Jamila Woods’ “SONIA” below:
[Nitty Scott on “SONIA” by Jamila Woods]
Once upon a time, I believed in lines
Like “I just wasn’t good enough for you” and other lies
Mr. “Didn’t miss the water ’til the well was dry”
Tried and I tried, compromise, compromise
It was pouring into you while emptying me
It was rationalizing all your toxicity
It was hands around my neck with us on my back
It was pressure, pain, and panic attacks
Had me faded to the wire, putting out my fire
Use to have requirements that turned into desires
Expected to retire me while keeping you inspired
All the women in me are tired
My abuela ain’t survive several trips around the sun
So I could give it to somebody’s undeserving son
This pussy don’t pop for you, booty don’t bop for you
Never owe none, belong to no one
Now I only trust patterns, not apologies
First date questions, what’s your ideologies?
Do you love yourself? Are you healing your trauma?
What’s your concept of wealth? Do you check on yo mama?
‘Cause your loyalty ain’t slavery, sis
That shit insulting to her bravery, sis
I know you tangled
But this life is no exchange for your laboring, sis
Withhold ya flavors, he unsavory, sis
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