Junglepussy by Olivia Seally

brooklyn rapper junglepussy can guarantee satisfaction

It’s been two years since the Brooklyn-born rapper, formerly known as Shayna McHale, released her first track titled Cream Team and now she’s back to her old tricks with a brand spanking new album called Satisfaction Guaranteed.

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Jun 13 2014, 3:15pm

Junglepussy by Olivia Seally

From her bottle-popping beats to their ball-dropping lyrics ("big bitch doing big shit like it's nothing"), Junglepussy is one of the hottest, coolest, baddest bitches around. Featuring mixes by Shy Guy and Mel Masters, with songs about boys and their big dicks, her new album does exactly what it says on the tin: guarantee satisfaction. This is Junglepussy at her best; hear her roar.

Where did the name Junglepussy come from?
Junglepussy is my universe-given name. I never planned any of this... My real name is Shayna. Junglepussy started off as an innocent moniker to describe a girl from New York City who happened to have a lot of animal print around her; clothes, curtains, cups, everything. And then when Twitter came out I needed a name that no one else was going to steal, a name that was going to bring me peace in my own world. I was like "Junglepussy", that's it!

What was it like growing up in New York?
A blessing. I could've been born anywhere in the world but life led my parents from Trinidad and Jamaica to create me in Brooklyn. Growing up in NYC most people forget there's a whole world out there. NYC is and forever will be a hot spot, but it's important for me to remain mindful of all people from all places.

What's the music scene like there?
Thousands of options and opinions.

Where do you fit within it?
I can't fit in even if I wanted to; my name automatically sets me apart. My vision is so revolutionary it paves its own lane.

Do you identify yourself as a typical New Yorker or do you set yourself apart from the rest?
Everyone who thinks they are a typical New Yorker, isn't really typical. We are a melting pot of preferences and perspectives. We automatically set ourselves apart by being true to ourselves. I don't wake up every morning thinking "How can I set myself apart?" but I do make sure I'm always being myself all day.

What's it like to live as a young woman there?
I wonder what it feels like to be a woman in Sudan at the moment. Ask any woman, we all have problems, but here in America we have a lot more help and support being women.

Is there a sense of sisterhood amongst your female contemporaries? Or is it quite competitive?
It's a beautiful experience because we are all so true to ourselves, a special light shines within each of us.

Do you think that it's important for you as a woman to able to express your sexuality through your music/videos?
It's important for me to express myself however my soul feels fit. Whether I show up in a bikini or a burka I'm a woman and between my thighs lies the life of the earth.

How do you feel about female artists that are forced to conform to prescribed/commercially-motivated moulds?
I wish they'd taken more time to learn themselves before someone told them who they should be.

What does girl power mean to you?
Working together, learning together, joining forces to create - we are the life of the earth!

How has growing up in a West Indian household affected your identity as a person?
It has made me a very tropical person. I'm too tropical for America. I like to be out in the yard barefoot peeling a piece of ginger.

How has it affected your music?
I write about the situations black girls find themselves in. I write about acknowledging reality and reacting to it as a warrior and not a victim.

You talk a lot about black power, was does that mean to you?
Black power is the embrace of everything it means to be black to us. It's about claiming what is ours. It's about loving our culture and being sure of our capabilities leaving little to no space for the world to define us.

Who is the most inspirational person in your life and why?
My mother inspires everything about me. From the way I eat to the way I speak to people. She is such an intelligent woman always striving for more, no matter the amount of accomplishments under her belt. She taught me how to put earthly things in your body to grow as a direct product of the earth and not as a chemical consumer. My mother represents every woman to me: a provider, a learner, and a teacher.

Where does all your confidence come from?
My skin, my flaws, everything about me that I never saw on TV.

You have a pretty big online presence, what's your relationship like with social media?
My wi-fi; my rules

Are you into fashion?
I'm into looking my best.

What's your favourite thing to do?
Playing staring games with cuties on the train that you may never see again.

What's your spirit animal?
Palm trees.

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Credits


Text Tish Weinstock
Photography Olivia Seally
Styling Savannah Baker
Make-up Christine Hohl
Set design Elizabeth Woodbury
Top Gabriella Marina Gonzales
Shorts Tessa Edwards