Meet femcee Nova Rockafeller, aka your new lady obsession.
Meet Canadian-born, Jamaica-raised rapper Nova Rockafeller. She’s a little bit Gwen, a little bit Ke$ha, a little bit Kat Dhalia, and a truckload of fierce badassery that we assume you might not wanna mess with (see: her fast-talking, no-BS-taking “Problem” video — more on that later). But here’s the best part: Nova would probably eff you up, then skillfully rap and sing her way out of a night in the slammer. If the policeman even got as far as booking her, that is.
Listen to Nova Rockafeller after the jump.
On her grind since 2011, the 25-year-old femcee initially got her start by independently releasing Insufficient Funds, an album of songs that she wrote, co-produced, performed, and even packaged herself. (#DIY, kids!)
Eventually, after working her way up to sharing the stage with big names like Odd Future and Killah Priest, Nova caught the eye of multiplatinum songwriter Evan “Kidd” Bogart (Adam Lambert, Beyoncé), and the rest, as they say, is a major-label record deal with Boardwalk/Mercury Records.
That brings us to Nova’s brand-new single and video for the horn-laden “Problem,” which, if we’re being brutally honest, will probably be all over the internet and airways before Taylor Swift finds her next serious boyfriend (which is basically code for “tomorrow”).
Directed by Alex Theurer, the energetic “Problem” video features Nova and her troupe of lady friends commandeering a bouncy house (you know, that multicolored, air-filled contraption you definitely threw up in at your fourth birthday party). Later, it’s on to an impromptu house party, where, in between asserting she’s a “problem,” Nova stages the most epic balloon fight you never got to experience at sleepaway camp.
In sum, between her “I’ll-tear-you-a-new-one” tough-gal vibe and total willingness jump around in a bouncy house without even a hint of irony, Nova shouldn’t have any problem bouncing right into the mainstream stratosphere. She’s even working on an as-yet-untitled debut album (release TBD), so keep your eyes peeled!
In the meantime, let’s all follow Nova’s example: Be a badass, take-no-ish lady (or dude) who isn’t ashamed to bounce in all of the houses, rock all the fake lashes, and throw OOC balloon parties. Which, as far as we’re concerned, is the best kind of badass.
Photo credit: Boardwalk/Mercury