NEW YORK, NY – As Rapsody inches closer to releasing her third studio album EVE, the North Carolina-bred MC has dropped a new visual for “Ibtihaj,” which was unveiled at New York City’s Times Square on Friday (August 2).
Produced by 9th Wonder, the track borrows from GZA’s “Liquid Swords” also features heavy hitters D’Angelo and Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA, the latter of whom appears in the video alongside Mary J. Blige and Roxanne Shanté.
According to the press release, the song’s title pays tribute to Ibtihaj Muhammad, a member of the United States national fencing team. In 2016, she became the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics. The lyrics revolve around having confidence in yourself and always being fearless.