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Premiere: Rapper London Jade Rises Above on 'Transcendent'

London Jade

"I could be modest, but let's be honest, the transgender goddess has to demand her homage."

Following President Trump's transgender military ban, rising emcee London Jade is fighting back with ravenous raps on her Jeremiah Meece-produced single, "Transcendent." The ferocious track is lifted off her sophomore EP of the same title, out August 1, and sees Jade rising above hate through aggressive lyrics that proudly flaunt her body in a country that says it's a "burden."

"I could be modest, but let's be honest, the transgender goddess has to demand her homage," she announces, before warning her naysayers. "And if you don't respect me, then let's see. I'll hex your soul back to another century"--a reference to her studied bruja background.

Jade's song is about "the connection I have with my higher self, which for a long time I've hidden," she says. "And to now be able to come this far within my transition and life in general, considering all of the fucked up shit that is happening in this country both in and outside of the LGBTQ community, makes this track and project major. Being a trans woman and also a rapper shakes the fuck out of people, specifically the men who oppress us. But there was no holding back on this one--I'm saying what I have to say loud and proud, and I don't give a fuck about these 'stars' when I'm rising to become the sun."

Transcendent follows Jade's 2016 EP, Witch Hoe, where she first introduced her menacing DIY underground sound. After years of fighting for her gender identity, surviving the national criminal system and breaking free of abusive romantic relationships, the seven-track effort proved she's an artist to watch closely, and "Transcendent" is yet another standout--listen, below.

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