Junglepussy’s rap name may be a little unorthodox, but that’s because she’s fearless. The 22-year-old BK spitter just dropped her video for “Nah,” which is off her debut album Satisfaction Guaranteed, and we couldn’t more intrigued about her. In The Break, Junglepussy breaks down her early influences, staying healthy, and what’s she got in store for her birthday on Halloween.
I grew up listening to: Growing up, I listen to a lot of Busta Rhymes, Beres Hammond. A lot of soca artists and Bunji Garlin and Zan. My sister listened to a lot of Ma$e and TLC and that kind of stuff. My parents are Trinidadian and Jamaican so they had all the island stuff down pack. But my father was obsessed with Busta Rhymes so he would always play him. My sister is older than me so she would listen to Nelly and all the new stuff. I used to listen to the Disney channel and they used to play Christina Aguilera and all that pop stuff. I had that real fusion of everything since real young.
Now, I listen to a lot of ambient sound with no one talking on it. Like wind, trees and birds, that’s pleasant to me. But when I leave the house and or if I’m in a cab, I hear all the new music, but that’s not what I listen to when I’m in my zone. That’s what I listen to when I step out from my bubble. If I had to say who do I listen to now? Missy Elliot. I feel like I’m Missy Elliot and Busta Rhymes’ daughter. Don’t tell my parents that [Laughs]. But no they’re great. They did so much.
Most people don’t know I: People don’t know that I’m really in tune with nature. I’m not always in the jungle sometimes. I’m by a nice river. Just peaceful. I like to eat well and be clean. I’m obsessed with washing my hands and not touching doorknobs. Like I stall a little bit so that the person in front of me can open the door first.
My style’s been compared to: All previous female artists. But they all poppin’ so I don’t mind it.
My standout records and/or moments to date have been: “Me.” When I wrote this song – the last few weeks of the project – I wrote it in a tent. I spent a whole week in a tent and was just sleeping, eating my fruit. It wasn’t in the woods. I was in my backyard but I still wasn’t trying to be hooked up to technology that much. I had my phone there but it was on airplane mode. I was just writing that whole week. I was like, “I really need to let them know who I am.” So on that song I talk about drinking tea with Hennessy and lotioning my titties and having my afro out and no weave. I really wanted to make sure I like solidified something about me. That’s why I called it “Me.” Its cliché but I thought it was appropriate. So if anybody wants to know Junglepussy when I’m not like hating boys and talking shit about them, they can listen to “Me.”
My goal in Hip-Hop is: My goal is to show people that hip-hop is not just hip-hop. I’m sad that a lot of hip-hop artists are in position to make a change and they don’t. That’s why I was like, “Alright let me do this.” Because growing up I was like, “OK, the music is great but nobody had that message like TLC.” So I’m like, “Damn, I’m feeling kind of lost.” Not that I was depending on these artists to take us where we need to go. I know everybody has there own personal responsibility but I feel like somebody needs to make a stand and speak out on things that our culture faces. So I wanted to just fuse hip-hop and real life and show people that its not just “Oh, hip-hop, let’s do this. Let’s shoot and kill each other.” No, we actually live lives and we can just grow and be great and do hip-hop our medium of expressing ourselves.
I’m gonna be the next: I’m going to pull them in with the lifestyle. Just showing them to just take care of yourself and take care of your families and your body and healing, all of that good stuff. I’m cooking up some stuff, a little holiday treat coming. My birthday is on Halloween so I’ll do something real spooky and special.
Also check out: “Nah”
And: “Cream Team”