If you're expecting a bikini, red bottom heels, dramatic make-up, or lick-a-ble sledge hammers, this artist isn't for you. Long Island native, Cappolla King isn't your "typical" female rapper, or artist for that matter. Her music doesn't satisfy the appetites of the carnivorous men (and women) in most of today's popular hip hop crowd, but more-so appeals to the ear drums of a more natural and true hip hop connoisseur.
Cappolla King has a story similar to most kids born in the 80s, growing up in a single parent homes, and rejecting school. Although most artists that end up rapping about it, most of them, especially women, don't ever travel down the same road as she has, or even able to survive what she's had to endure. Her professional career starts in 2006 at Bad Boy's Daddy's House Recording Studio in Times square, where both Biggie and Danity Kane shared the same space (at different times of course), where she started her tenure as Assistant Engineer. After assisting in the recording (and feature) on Jay Z's multiplatinum American Gangster album, as well as Diddy's Press Play, she went on to be mentored by GRAMMY Award winning singer/songwriter Angela Hunte.
Cappolla and King, surname of her grandmothers, pay homage to her Italian and Irish heritage, crowning herself properly as King in her own right. Her third and latest mixtape TRIIIPPIILAH, takes claim to all she has been through, and truly sets her apart from her distinct female counter parts. The album was self recorded, produced and written, plagued with trippy sounds, 808s, soft harmonies, and realistic story telling. Cappolla masters the art of story telling, and her obvious influences of Outkast, Gwen Stefani, and Missy Elliot. Quotes such as "giving back to a culture that gave me so much/ not just taking from it" gives us hope that she's not just a gimmick, like many of her predecessors.
If this is a start of what else is to be released from Cappolla King, in 2014 we may finally have a respectable female artist that's not a gimmick or minstrel show.