There seems to be nothing that Lupita Nyong’o can’t do. We knew that before today, what with her roles in everything from blockbuster franchises to Queen of Katwe (plus, remember that classic Oscars speech?), but we never would’ve guessed at her hidden rap talent. As her alter-ego Troublemaker, the star spits an autobiographical verse over Nas’ “N.Y. State of Mind” and she has some pretty fierce bars.
Nyong’o posted the track to celebrate hitting 3 million followers on Instagram, but she’s done far more than collect fans. The black-and-white clip shows the actress casually listing all of her achievements (including the ability to speak four languages) and joking that she has “Disney on the books/ So you know I stay paid.” She also skillfully avoids a Drake-style ghostwriter controversy by giving credit right there in the caption.
Nyong’o is far too busy with Star Wars and Marvel properties to try and come up through the Soundcloud struggle, but if she finds some downtime between Disney paychecks, a Troublemaker tape might not be out of the question.