Welcome back to The Bus! This month the theme at the Pulp Zine is Class of ’77. Again, the point of the Bus is bringing you guys up and coming artists who are doing amazing things in the scene, so, we’re not going to choose four artists from around ’77! Around the late ’70s is when hip hop culture started in the New York area. The rest of the world took notice as black and latino New Yorkers opened their eyes to new types of art, knowledge, dance and most importantly- music. Rap music. Music that uses a MC’s rhyming prose over a DJ/producer’s instrumental of samples and beats. So, who better to introduce you to then Junglepussy, Dai Burger, Princess Nokia and Cakes Da Killa? Our four MCs that are making waves in the rap scene with their gritty, sexy and clever lyrics bringing all eyes back to the New York area.
Junglepussy is one of Brooklyn’s queens. Interested in showing girls in her community and worldwide different, interesting images of women in rap, her latest release Satisfaction Guaranteed (2013) is a mix of all topics that affect young girls: love, hanging with your friends and partying. Junglepussy’s use of wordplay and imagery are anything but indolent in this mix tape, especially with tracks like ‘Stitches’. A foreboding, clandestine track to anyone trying to steal her boyfriend accented with her signature lazy river flow.
Dai Burger is a Queens native. Her suggestively titled debut In Yo Mouth (2014) overflows with songs about being fly, her sexuality and living the life of a strong, confident woman. Throughout the album, her rapid-fire flow and clever lyricism is perfectly juxtaposed with cute imagery and candy infused trap beats. Stand out creeper ‘Grindtime’ works with bossy synths and her distinctly cartoon-like, helium voice giving us bar after bar of excellence. Burger’s release is a strong one and will definitely be on top rap albums lists this year.
Princess Nokia (the alter ego of Wavy Spice) is a Spanish Harlem/LES staple. She started writing and rapping when she was 16 and since then has little by little started to blow up. Her music focuses on parties, brands, male attention and life as a Puerto Rican woman in New York. Her ’90s awakened flow is easily versatile, being able to switch from bratty and cute to an impossibly confident bad bitch. The zany, dizzying ‘Versace Hottie’, employs Nokia’s bratty flow telling us about her hustle and life. ‘Vicki Gotti’ brings out her bad bitch side with it’s ultra-sexy, smooth production by OWWWLS that transports you straight into the life of a fashion house elite. R.I.P Gianni.
Cakes Da Killa
Cakes Da Killa hails from New Jersey. Yes, a bit outside New York, but, Cakes’ music has an undeniable New York grime on it’s top surface. His super fast flow mixed with his adrenalized twang help paste his animated lines in your head. The Eulogy (2013) is his second attempt and an excellent example of an artist with strong progression. Cakes is a rapper who’s personality easily shines through his music. What is that personality exactly? A sexual badass whose in your face flow rides busy instrumentals full of snappy high hats, intense beats, and hectic snares. The catchy and assertive ‘Goodies’ is a cartoon-like dystopian anthem with juke and footwork influences for shakers everywhere.