THROWBACK: When Nadia Rose unveiled her unique talent & style on '#TakeMeIn'
There’s no doubt that Nadia Rose has erupted into a storm, ever since she crashed onto the scene. Her genuine uniqueness, and comfortability and confidence within herself is now clear, but let’s look at an early freestyle session, ‘#TakeMeIn’.
The freestyle, premiered in 2015 and showcased by platform MCTV, is chiefly calm, laid back and well orchestrated. It presents Rose, of course, as a younger version - maybe not as direct or bold as we see her today. However, bars and skill are most definitely present. It’s fairly easy to say that she has fully come into her own style and musical attitude as she is today, but this 2015 freestyle certainly portrays the roots of these characteristics - vocal tone changes; question-like pitches; emphasising the last word of the bar; decent substance; and a style and image that sets her apart from ‘common’ female rappers (i.e. sex sells; no hate; just unfortunate (or fortunate) fact).
Over a cold hip-hop instrumental that was originally crafted for Xzibit ‘Paparazzi’, the young Croydon native speaks her thoughts. Interestingly, running in alignment with Xzibit’s conscious substance on his version, Rose hold the same meaningful tone and articulation on hers. We hear her touch on obviously rap bars; competitive confidence bars; big props to her Grandmother; her hard work; fun metaphors; family; and her future. To conclude, this is an excellent portrayal of her early skill and holds key anticipation for what was to come.