In her latest single ‘Big Woman’, released in late October, Nadia Rose exudes a bright, empowering strength. Nadia’s razor sharp lyrics take no prisoners, abrasive yet embracing atop vibrant production that reaches to grime, afrobeat and hip hop landscapes; there’s no mistaking that Nadia Rose is here, she’s fearless, she’s the Big Woman in town.
The 24 year old grew up in Croydon to a Ghanaian mother and Jamaican father. Music runs in the family, her dad was a dancehall DJ and MC. With a focus on her lyricism as she strove to develop her sound, Nadia used to sleep with a dictionary by her bed, always working to expand her vocabulary. Eventually balancing a job in a betting shop with studying gave way to a full time career making music, when a bidding war amongst major labels resulted in Nadia signing to Relentless Records, a subsidiary of Sony Music.
2017 has been a big year for Nadia Rose, starting with a bang in January with the release of her debut EP, Highly Flammable. The nine track effort features appearances from Thai’Chi Rose, Red Rat and Alika and presents her music in all its versatility, drawing from dancehall, bashment, grime, hip hop, garage and afrobeat in its influence. The artwork features Nadia Rose’s trademark pair of cute buns on top of her head. This time, though, flames curl up from her hair; testament to Nadia being on fire, figuratively of course.
Embracing a fierce femininity and a hunger for unity, Nadia Rose encapsulates the same fun, technicolour and intelligent feminism displayed in her heroes, Missy Elliott and the Spice Girls. Both influences can be found in her 2016 MOBO winning visual for ‘SKWOD’, an ode to Nadia’s close friends and family that have unwaveringly stood by her since day one.
“I am the lion in this jungle”, Nadia spits on Highly Flammable’s ‘Puddycat’. After her Mother taught her that as black women they must work the hardest, Nadia Rose has a steadfast work ethic with no boundaries and the drive to try anything once. The future is bright for this young artist, striving to make a difference and encouraging celebration of individuality and uniqueness.
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