Destiny Frasqueri is the rapper, activist and a patron saint of girl power known by the name of Princess Nokia. Frasqueri is an artist imbued with purpose and something to prove, as her songs tackle female autonomy, empowerment and importance of embracing your sexuality. In growing up between Spanish Harlem and the Lower East Side of New York, Frasqueri songs revive the days of New York’s gritter side before gentrification. Her songs pay homage to early 90’s hip-hop artist as she innovates with the prime-era of Missy Elliott and Salt-N-Pepa. In live performance, Nokia affirms her authority and power on stage as the self-sufficient strong woman that smashes sexist challenges and gender binary. In riot grrrl fashion, Nokia often takes the stage sided by her girl squad upfront as she reclaims her sexuality and raps with a ruthless confidence.
Nokia is never the kind of girl to fall into stereotypes. In one minute she’s a glamorous powerhouse feminist and the next, a down to earth tomboy, sporting a sports bra and baggy jeans. Body positivity and feminine autonomy is a recurring theme throughout Nokia’s songs. A whistle and drum roll set off “Tomboy” like a firecracker as snabs hitt, Nokia spits an in-your face anthem that knocks down the male gaze with both poise and bravado. In the music video for “Tomboy” Nokia brings us into her world, hitting the basketball courts with her girlfriends and slurping cereal milk on the couch next to her grandmother. Nokia sports a boyish, careless behavior while also demonstrating the vitality of being fierce and unapologetic in your own skin. She raps with ferocity and vigor on lines that roll off the tongue, “With my little titties and my phat belly/ I could take your man if you finna let me/It’s a guarantee that he won’t forget me/My body little my soul is heavy”. Nokia teaches the viewer the importance of embracing who we are as she spreads body-positivity and embraces her tomboyish ways unapologetically. Nokia asserts the right to define her own sexuality and challenge the hierarchy that equates female beauty. Her words speak to girls who continuously fight to carve out spaces from themselves in various male-dominated scenes.