Princess Nokia: “Cybiko”

Under her alter ego Princess Nokia, mixed media artist Destiny Frasqueri crafts a unique musical and visual aesthetic. The term she uses to describe Metallic Butterfly, the album from which above single “Cybiko” is taken, is “high-tech fairy girl music”; trade the wand for a MacBook and magic spells for gaming and web skills and the metaphor is clear. Peppering imagery lifted from The Matrix with rounds of Mortal Kombat and episodes of Æon Flux, she seems equally comfortable in the environment of the video as her flow sounds over the OWWWLS-produced beat. As both a follow-up to “Dragons” and a stand-alone work, “Cybiko” succeeds.

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