The first time I saw Junglepussy perform I was in awe. For days I couldn’t stop talking about it, invigorated by an underground New York scene I hadn’t previously experienced. Standing at almost six feet tall and demanding Public Assembly’s stage Junglepussy twerked and rapped for a crowd pushing towards her, everyone reaching out for just a touch. At this point a couple months back she had only released three songs and performed outside of New York City one time, but she controlled the crowd as if she had two mixtapes and an album under her belt. The rise is inevitable.
Real recognizes real, so Junglepussy approached Mass Appeal to premiere her next single “Picky Bitch Checklist.” With a relaxed flow, like she’s been reading this list to boys for years, over a menacing beat, Junglepussy tells potential suitors exactly what she wants. If you’re not going to give it to her you can move right along. We want it though. She’s been working on her debut album Satisfaction Guaranteed all summer and is it’ll be released around Halloween, which happens to be her birthday. In the meantime, we jumped on the phone with J.Puss so you can familiarize yourself with the music and the girl behind it all.
Mass Appeal: Hey it’s Lauren.
J: Heyyyy Lauren. You sound cozy.
MA: Cozy? I’m actually at work.
J: At work as a phone sex operator? [Laughs]
MA: Close, but enough about me. Why do you rap?
J: I rap because I have something to say everyday. I write everyday. Even if it’s not a rap, I’m so accustomed to just writing my feelings. I like writing letters, I have some pen pals.
J: Yeah I have pen pals. A few months ago on Twitter I asked who wants to be my pen pal and I got mad people. It’s so hard being a pen pal because you have to handwrite everything so I only did like three, four girls and they’re my pen pals. I have to write back to them. Getting letters is so cute and so fun! I wish I could have more, but I wouldn’t want to type it because of course typing it would be easier, but I feel like that would take away from the whole experience.
MA: Do you have good handwriting?
J: I used to, but thanks to the Internet my penmanship has been wacky. My “Picky Bitch Checklist” artwork—that’s my handwriting so you could judge it yourself.
MA: How’d you come up with the idea for “Picky Bitch Checklist?”
J: I feel like so many girls don’t ask for what they want so they don’t get what they want. I know what I want and I’m just gonna ask for it. If you give it to me that’s so nice of you, if you don’t then fuck you I’m gonna keep asking until I get it. “Picky Bitch Checklist” is the anthem for bitches to stop messing with these boys that don’t give them shit. That don’t do anything for them besides for take from them. Hopefully a few numbers get deleted because of this song.
MA: Is Lobster your favorite food?
J: Oh my god I’m a lobster head. I’m a pesceterian almost, I just have a weakness for pork, but everything else I eat is just fish, shrimp, lobster. That’s my diet. I slept over my friend’s house last week and I brought fish. Everybody’s eating McDonald’s and I’m eating fish at four in the morning after the club. I just really love seafood.
MA: I really like the opening line “I’m not bougie, I’m selective.”
J: I started writing the song because someone got me mad on Twitter and was like, “Follow me you bougie black bitch,” and I was like whaaaat? I didn’t even write anything back. I was just like wow that’s crazy, I’m not even bougie, I’m selective and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. You can’t just let everyone in. They gotta RSVP for some shit.
MA: Do you respond to a everyone Twitter?
J: I always respond to the love because I don’t ever want anyone to feel like they’re less of a person than me, but if it’s something negative I just pray for them and don’t say anything. I say a silent prayer for them.
MA: Are you seeing anybody now?
J: I wish, but no I’m not. I’m in school and I think I take too many selfies to be wifed. I’m cool being single. Sometimes I wish I had a boo to just be lusty with exclusively, but that’s a lot to ask for these days. I’m just content with what I have which is my friends and my family. I don’t want a boo until I get famous anyway.
MA: Would you rather date a celebrity when he’s no longer famous or a celebrity who becomes famous after you start dating?
J: That’s everyone’s worst nightmare for real. That’s happened to a few of my friends. That happened to me, even, somebody I used to talk to that’s famous within the past two years. It just makes me want to be better than them. I would date someone if they were wack at the time I was poppin’ because that’s how I feel about Tyrese [Gibson] (laughs). He was poppin’ in Baby Boy. If I popped in, my first demand to Tyrese is gonna be act like Baby Boy and then he’s just gonna be like Baby Boy and I’m just gonna love him.
MA: How did you come up with Junglepussy?
J: The name started because I always wore a bunch of animal prints from my curtains in my house to my bed sheets to my clothes, bras, underwear. Everything was animal print and I just felt like a wild jungle person. New York City is the concrete jungle and it’s all tied in to Junglepussy. I didn’t think it was a crazy name when I came up with it. I just thought it was a little funny. So then Twitter came out and I needed a name that nobody would steal, so I was like I’ll put Junglepussy on it, whatever. Everybody just went crazy like, “Oh you a porn star, you dance or you bad.” I’m like, wow. I’m just a regular girl. I always just expressed my thoughts and said the shit I wanted to say and people just felt the things I had to say and it just took off from there. It happened very organically, it wasn’t planned. It wasn’t like, “Oh my name is Junglepussy now call me Junglepussy,” it just happened.
MA: What do you love most about growing up in New York?
J: That’s a hard question. I love the food. You can get almost any food in New York. I love that it’s such a beautiful disaster. There’s so much fucked up stuff about it and there’s just so much good stuff about it and I always love things that contradict themselves. I love dollar vans in Brooklyn even though it’s two dollars. The sexy black niggas. The sexy white niggas. There’s no place like New York!
MA: What’s your favorite animal?
J: I was offered a snake the other day and I declined, but then I was like damn that’s so wack because Junglepussy should have snakes and all kinds of animals and I couldn’t even handle it. I was scared. But I really do love cats. I get along with cats. I love recording at studios with a cat. It’s so relaxing. I love cats because they’re one of those domestic animals that they don’t need any help, they don’t need you to walk them to use the bathroom, they just do everything themselves. They’re so independent; they have so much personality and attitude.
MA: How would you describe your music?
J: It’s [like] riding the train. When you ride the train you think of your most deepest thoughts, sometimes, your craziest thoughts, you see all these people so it’s just like riding the train. My music sounds like your mind. Everything that you think about that you can’t find the words to say or you’re scared to say, everything that your mind says, that’s what my music sounds like. It’s not reading minds, but it’s expressing what’s in your mind and letting it free. I’m saying it for you.