It’s always refreshing to see people whose career you’ve followed from their inception, finally get their just due.

I won’t brag and say that Day & A Dream was amongst the first to cover Rapsody, the crown jewel of 9th Wonder’s JAMLA Records brand, but we kinda were. We anointed her a Breakout Queen in the rap game four years ago, and in the time since, Rapsody’s put out a bevy of solo projects, been snubbed by XXL Magazine for their Freshman listing at least thrice, and collaborated with the likes of 9th, Talib Kweli, Chance The Rapper, and even Big K.R.I.T. to get back to the kind of organic hip-hop that’s not as common these days.

You could argue that Rapsody’s stellar feature on To Pimp A Butterfly last year, alongside Kendrick Lamar on “Complexion (A Zulu Love),” was the point at which her rise could no longer be denied; but the truth is, it’s been a long time coming.

On the first Tuesday of the new year, Rapsody was tapped to kick off NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Concert campaign. In her short set, Rap revisits her Beauty and the Beast EP, performing “Godzilla,” “Hard to Choose,” and the sobering “The Man” (which, in the absence of Heather Victoria on the hook, has a sax on hand to damn near replicate Victoria’s sweeping vocals).

Everyone always says the new year is going to be their year. With an NPR Tiny Desk appearance to kick things off, it’s very likely 2016 is the year of Rapsody.

The “Special Edition” of Rapsody’s Beauty and the Beast EP is out now on iTunes.