Princess Nokia just re-released a remastered and expanded version of her 2014 debut full length Metallic Butterfly via Rough Trade Records, featuring three bonus tracks from the era. Before the rapper/actor/model/intersectional feminist became the icon she is today, Destiny Frasqueri was a young trip-hop and Bjork-obsessed NYC raver kid. The album showcases all sides of what we’ve now come to know as the definitive multi-faceted artist Princess Nokia: music lover, philosopher, activist and anime nerd. The music was composed entirely with hip-hop producer OWWWLS, who also worked closely with her on 1992 Deluxe and has been her live DJ.


When the album was originally released, Vice called it “one of the most exciting and ambitious independently released albums to come out of the New York underground in a long time” and Complex adds, “we’re treated to her raw, but emotionally-rich talent as a vocalist on Butterfly… It’s clear this girl’s talents are vast.” See the intimate handwritten letter that Destiny wrote on the day of the record’s original release below.


Metallic Butterfly (Remastered & Expanded) features some of the enduring hits that are part of her live show, such as the pumped-up, drum-n-bass love song “Dragons,” the Afro-Latina pride anthem “Corazon En Afrika,” and the empowering mantra “Young Girls.” These fan favorites and more are finally available on streaming services for the first time here:http://rtrecs.co/metallicbutterfly.


Princess Nokia notes via Twitter:


Watch a mashup of the Metallic Butterfly videos HERE.


The shape-shifting emcee has been releasing music via YouTube and Soundcloud since she was in high school and catapulted herself to the next level with 1992 Deluxe—selling out venues across the globe and steadily gaining tens of millions of streams. Earlier this year, she released A Girl Cried Red–her mixtape showcasing another fully formed side of Destiny that still taps into the uncompromising feminist ideology of Princess Nokia.


After touring non-stop behind 1992 Deluxe and A Girl Cried Red for the better part of two years, Princess Nokia is currently taking some much-earned time off and working on new material, but look for her to bring her dynamic live show to San Francisco’s Noise Pop Festival and Barcelona’s Primavera Sound in 2019, with additional dates to be announced soon.




March 2 – Berkeley, CA – Noise Pop Festival


May 30 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound




01. Dimensia
02. Hands Up
03. Seraphims
04. Young Girls
05. Biohazard Butterfly
06. Cybiko
07. Dragons
08. Felicity Island
09. Bikini Weather / Corazón En Afrika
10. Anomaly (Bonus Track)
11. Earth Is My Playground (Bonus Track)

12. Versace Hottie (Bonus Track)

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