On Tuesday (Nov. 19), Billboard launched the brand-new video series On the Block, hosted by Billboard's hip-hop editor Carl Lamarre, associate editor Bianca Gracie, and charts expert Trevor Anderson. For the premiere, the trio was joined by Rapsody, who touched on her Eve album, receiving multiple Grammy nominations, working with Queen Latifah and more.
With Eve, the North Carolina wordsmith wanted to honor successful black women who have blazed a path and influenced her by naming tracks after the likes of Tyra Banks, Serena Williams, Aaliyah and Oprah. "It was a dope way for me to show love to those women and keep their names and legacies relevant to a new generation who might not know who they are. But also to show how we're all connected and a piece of each other," she said. "Just to show as women we're really diverse in who we are."
The Laila's Wisdom rapper then touched on collaborating with Queen Latifah, which blossomed into a great friendship between the two. "That's the greatest experience as far as collaborating with somebody that I've ever had. For one, it's full-circle, because she influenced me so much. Her, MC Lyte and Lauryn [Hill] are the reasons I wanted to rhyme. Just for her to be so down-to-earth and humble and be the big sister," Rapsody detailed. "It's not like, 'Oh, I'm just here then I'm out.' She really hung around, told her stories, gave me advice and went through the album."
The Roc Nation artist then showed love to DaBaby for his major 2019 and how much she appreciates Cardi B as a genuine soul in hip-hop. She hopes to lock in with the Bronx native for a song at some point in the future.