20 Questions: Junglepussy
It’s been six years since New York rapper Junglepussy first commanded the internet’s attention with the gleefully raunchy Cream Team.
The mixtape that followed, Satisfaction Guaranteed, may have ramped up her cult following online, but it was the releases that came after – from 2015’s Pregnant with Success to this autumn’s career high point JP4 – that have seen the Brooklyn native build out her sound, flesh out her persona and introduce new layers to her storytelling. All while never stinting on that charismatic, whip-smart and sex-positive sense of humour. No wonder she was more than a match for our round of quick-fire questions.
What’s your biggest fear?
What’s the weirdest DM you’ve ever received?
My future lover didn’t know they were my future lover.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“Within seriousness there’s little room for play, within play there’s tremendous room for seriousness” – Unknown
What makes you feel nostalgic?
Air Jamaica, sugarcane, curry goat, escovitch fish, Empire Skating Rink, the A train, six-plus hours at the hair salon, block parties, name belts, box braids wit the thick knot.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
Exist in this world.
What’s the weirdest party you’ve ever been to?
A party playing Junglepussy all night.
What’s the biggest realisation you’ve had in the past year?
I’m Junglepussy ur not!
Proudest moment of your life?
Every moment I do what’s best for me.
What’s your worst habit?
If you could have written any album in history, what would it be?
Beautiful Ballads by Patti LaBelle.
Signature dish to impress at a dinner party?
Who’s inspiring you right now?
All of us surviving, living, getting through the day without knocking heads off.
What’s your earliest childhood memory?
Spending summers in Tobago with my grandma.
Favourite spot in NYC and why?
My clean apartment.
What would you want written on your tombstone?
Maybe the same thing I put for my high school yearbook: “lipgloss is for lil girls”.
What’s your favourite lyric you’ve ever written and why?
What is the worst hotel you’ve ever stayed in?
Most hotels suck, even if they appear shiny and fancy, they’re still dusty.
What’s your favourite board game?
I never played board games like that, but shout out to Ludi. I saw a lot of that being played growing up.
What piece of advice would you give young Junglepussy?
No one knows wtf they’re doing, trust yourself unconditionally.
What instantly cheers you up?
Mint chocolate ice cream and learning something new.
JP4 is out now via Friends Of /Jagjaguwar