AOTY 2018

A Girl Cried Red

Princess Nokia - A Girl Cried Red
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
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Based on 150 ratings
2018 Ratings: #770
April 13, 2018 / Release Date
Mixtape / Format
Rough Trade / Label
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Northern Transmissions

Destiny Frasqueri has continuously showed her ability to drive hip hop forward as Princess Nokia while being utterly sublime when she leans into its conventions. This made her rock leanings on this latest EP so surprising, and all the more impressive as the instrumentation feels just as sharp.


With all her experimentations with guitar, Auto-Tune melodies, straight-out emo alternative sounds and lyrics and more, Princess Nokia might have just blessed up with a project our inner teenager/child needed, even if we didn't want or expect it.

Drowned in Sound

On A Girl Cried Red Frasqueri showcases that she is more than just visceral beats and fierce rhymes. She has written some of her most confessional and personal lyrics to date.


Enjoyable, fiendishly moreish, while also somewhat disjointed, ‘A Girl Cried Red’ is most rewarding for what it tells us about Princess Nokia, both as an artist and a person – showcasing an alternate side of an open yet abstruse enigma.


Nokia ticks many boxes on the emo checklist with this mixtape, though some may find the lyrics a little too teenage and melodramatic to swallow. Her connection to emo and other mascara-heavy sounds, however, does feel authentic, and she’s presented a brave homage to her early influences with A Girl Cried Red.


The latest mixtape from Destiny Frasqueri pulls from her love of emo and alt-rock. It’s an underdeveloped but strangely addictive left-turn.

The Needle Drop

Princess Nokia's love for the emo scene can't really be doubted, but A Girl Cried Red more often than not borders on unintentional parody.

Tiny Mix Tapes

A Girl Cried Red replaces Nokia’s NYC authenticity for her inauthentic take on a genre that struggles to maintain itself.

Loud and Quiet
The rich personality of ‘1992’ is gone, replaced with bare melodies and blunt, shallow lyricism.
The album cover pretty much tells the listener to “fuck off.” This was a very bold choice for Princess Nokia to do after dropping her absolute gem last year.

It’s always nice to see artists who are versatile and likable become obnoxious, boring, and watered down
This was surprisingly awful. I don't Princess Nokia is a bad artist and I thought 1992 Deluxe had some charm and quirk but this?! THIS PIECE OF ASS?!? Naaaaaaaaaa. This EP/mixtape thing is one of the most gaudy, overly sentimental, overly dramatic, stereotypical and cringey collections of tracks I have heard in years. The lyrics of this record sound like scribblings that a 12 year old would write after breaking up with their boyfriend after two weeks of dating. Some of the lines on this record ... read more
For The Night sounds like a tacky Charli XCX song and is the only good track on here - take from that what you will.
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#81/Piccadilly Records

Track List

  1. Flowers and Rope
  2. Your Eyes Are Bleeding
  3. For the Night
  4. Look Up Kid
  5. Interlude
  6. Morphine
  7. At the Top
  8. Little Angel
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Added on: April 11, 2018