Laila's Wisdom
Rapsody - Laila's Wisdom
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2017 Ratings: #23 / 671
User Score
Based on 81 ratings
2017 Ratings: #76
September 22, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Roc Nation / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
Your Review



Even with some ideas that aren’t fully actualized, Laila’s Wisdom places Rapsody within the pantheon of Hip Hop freedom fighters whose grave urgency is a necessity while the world is in a chaotic state of flux.


Rapsody deserves all the accolades for Laila's Wisdom. It's not only her best work, but the best amongst her peers, the sort of album that transcends the lane she was in beforehand, transcends whatever antiquated gender biases may still permeate the genre and puts her in the same category as your favourite rapper (who's now clamouring for a Rapsody feature).

The Needle Drop

Rapsody releases her most solid project to date with the smart, classy, and catchy Laila's Wisdom.


The end result is Laila’s Wisdom, one of the best LP’s of 2017 and a reminder that the Jamla/Roc Nation artist belongs in any discussion about the rap game’s best lyricists.

NOW Magazine
While so much of contemporary rap is aspirational lifestyle music, with rappers charting their ride to the top and celebrating the material spoils it provides, Rapsody’s songs caution against the traps of life in an economically devastated community. She is hip-hop’s everywoman.

Laila's Wisdom is Evans' lyrically broadest and musically richest work, yet it doesn't have the sprawling quality of the first album.

Oct 10, 2017
Very solid project from front to back. Lost a little steam with some of the love songs at the back end, but those songs were by no means bad. Rapsody lyrically is extremely sound and on this album she spits some absolute bars. She is an extremely underrated mc, and she really puts on for the culture.
Oct 5, 2017
After hearing her guest star on tracks with Kendrick lamar - to pimp a butterfly and Anderson paak - Malibu, I was eerily anticipating on a full length from Rapsody herself. Her latest album project Laila's Wisdom showcase Rapsody not only being the best female mc on par with Noname but one of the best MC in the game period. Mostly produced with none other than 9th wonder, the production reveals a strong sense of jazzy up-beats. Rapsody tackles a wide array of personal topics with strong bars ... read more
Jan 4, 2018
Grappling with topics of self worth and empowerment, she’s channeling her grandmothers wisdom, from a place of humility and care. With her lyrical ability and topical focus, this becomes a very heady album, through which she hits the heart at times, and show she’s one of the best rappers around.

Dec 30, 2017
By far the best female-rapper album I've ever experienced, Nicki Minaj needs to keep quiet, but that is just the sign of the times, and rapsody points out the pointlessness of separating sexes when it comes to rapping, there just simply isnt a culture or a "lane" for female rappers at the moment, which is weird, since there is an obvious need for new perspectives in rap-music.

My only issue with this album, is the sexual tone of the album at its end, which all but contradicts the ... read more
Dec 26, 2017
Arguably one of the best rappers making music today. Laila's Kingdom solidifies Rapsody as a rap savory of our generation.

This album is in contention for album of the year, a smooth blend of old and new rap, hip hop and RnB. An album that's palatable to even novice rap listeners. Her diverse delivery skills and emotionally power songs drive a range of strong reactions from listeners. Whether she's calling out rappers in the industry, making a political statement, or reciting her personal ... read more
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Track List
  1. Laila’s Wisdom
  2. Power (feat. Kendrick Lamar & Lance Skiiiwalker)
  3. Chrome (Like Ooh)
  4. Pay Up
  5. Ridin’ (feat. GQ)
  6. Sassy
  7. Nobody (feat. Anderson .Paak, Black Thought & Moonchild)
  8. Black & Ugly (feat. BJ the Chicago Kid)
  9. You Should Know (feat. Busta Rhymes)
  10. A Rollercoaster Jam Called Love (feat. Musiq Soulchild & Gwen Bunn)
  11. U Used 2 Love Me (feat. Terrace Martin)
  12. Knock On My Door (feat. BJ the Chicago Kid)
  13. OooWee (feat. Anderson .Paak)
  14. Jesus Coming (feat. Amber Navran)

Added on: September 13, 2017