NY native Nomi Ruiz is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, actress, essayist and the first Puerto Rican trans woman to perform on prestigious stages such as Montreax Jazz Festival, Glastonbury, LoveBox, O2 Arena, Hammerstein Ballroom and more after appearing on Hercules & Love Affair’s debut album. After completing a 2-week residency at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival with Hess Is More, she returns with a new single titled “Alphabet City” which sees her teaming up with famed underground lyricist Nems.
The record really showcases Nomi’s unique style as she blends that gritty hiphop vibe with edgy soul/R&B elements. Over the bouncy and cinematic backdrop, she takes us deep into the city and how every wrong step can lead to disaster and she gives listeners some lessons to abide by. Nems comes through in the last verse with his own alphabet-inspired rhyme couplets laced with vivid lyricism and his distinct gruff vocal tone.