SHOWCASE FROM BRONX RAPPER INCLUDES FOCUS TRACK, “GIFT RAP,” BEETHOVEN-SAMPLING “JINGLE BELLS,” AND MORE
Connie Diiamond, the Bronx’s unstoppable hip-hop heavy-hitter delivers an early Christmas present to fans with GIFT RAPS, a 4-song EP of holiday-themed tracks available at all platforms via Def Jam Recordings.
Bursting with color and personality, the triple-entendre titled GIFT RAPS showcases the rapper’s many facets on cuts ranging from the title focus track “Gift Rap” and Jersey-inspired clubber “Mood,” to the Beethoven-sampling “Jingle Freak” and chilly “Winter Bae.” The GIFT RAPSsongs are available in clean, explicit, and instrumental versions.
Connie was introduced to Def Jam audiences in October on “Started,” a single + video that’s equal parts intimidating and addictive. Check out her Def Jam signing announcement video HERE. In November, she kept up the momentum with a new single + video, “Raid” featuring Dame D.O.L.L.A. (aka NBA star Damian Lillard), which earned a placement on the NBA 2K23 video game soundtrack.
Without conforming to any mold of what a female artist should look like or sound like, Connie Diiamond is ready to make her jump to the top of the charts and is intent on dragging the legendary hip-hop borough of the Bronx back to the center of the map.
Connie’s odyssey began in her native Bronx (with side trips to Queens), when she began writing poetry at age 13, and won first place in her high school’s poetry slam contest for Black History Month. Discovering artists like Missy Elliott, The Diplomats, Remy Ma, and Jadakiss, Connie’s poems transformed into bars, as she joined a rap group and started making freestyles during lunchtime. She continued to hone her craft before making her career official with her freestyle atop Drake’s “Summer Sixteen.” By 2017, Connie was touring as support for Azealia Banks.
Spending time in the studio with Fabolous, and encouraged by peers like Fivio Foreign and Remy Ma, Connie’s first EPs soon arrived: 2019’s Southern-fried Trappin’ For the 99&2000, which found her spitting over Down South classics; 2020’s Trap Elliott 2.0; and 2022’s Flow of Forum, which celebrated New York City hip-hop. Critical press raves poured in, with XXL naming Connie “One Of The Top 10 Drill Artists To Watch.”
Connie Diiamond’s chameleon-like cadences and flows are too versatile to be boxed into a definitive category. She is prepared to catapult from underdog to rap mainstay – but stays true to her humble roots, always the unstoppable voice from the historic borough of the Bronx. So as her star status ascends, there’s a good chance you’ll still catch her around the neighborhood she calls home.