Rapsody pays tribute to black women in “Ibtihaj” video

Roc Nation’s first lady MC drops the star-studded visual to her second single.

By Murissa Barrington


Snoh Aalegra drifts into a hazy daydream of infatuation and confusion on “Situationship”. Filled with the fluttering trill of chimes and steelpan synths, “Situationship” finds Aalegra pondering about a complicated relationship with no defined status.  

Fresh off of her Eve album release date announcement, Rapsody is treating fans with a new star-studded music video. Directed by Jay Scorsese, “Ibtihaj” is a stunning tribute to hip-hop, black women, Muslims and of course, U.S. Olympic medallist Ibtihaj Muhammad (the first Muslim woman to wear a hijab while repping America at the Olympics). Women in boldly coloured hijabs strut the streets of Harlem and pull daring bike stunts while Rap casually spits her rhymes on the steps of a brownstone. The video also includes cameos from some of the NY’s finest including Mary J. Blige and the first lady of rap Roxanne Shante. 

The 9th Wonder produced tracks features vocals from D’Angelo and a head-bopping sample from GZA’s “Liquid Swords.” The legendary rapper also lent some bars to the song and appears in the video to perform it. 

“Ibtihaj” is Rapsody’s second single off of her upcoming album Eve set to release August 23rd. She recently revealed the tracklist for the album and has named each song after women that she admires including Serena Williams, Maya Angelou and more.

Check out the video here:

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