By: Lillyanne Szabo
New York rapper Junglepussy, has proven herself to be memorable for more than just her name this past Monday at the Adelaide Hall. The show consisted of three performances, including her two opening acts Sydanie and Rayana Jay. Adelaide Hall was very fitting for this show, as the size of the club was perfect for the ratio of people, and the stage was fitting for the performances, allowing enough room for Junglepussy to release her jungle-pussy.
The night began with Sydanie, a woman who describes herself as the baddest “rapper mom”. She performed songs such as “200k” and “Static”, all the while making it a priority to rev up the crowd. Then came Rayana Jay, accompanied by her DJ and partner Corvette. The duo had a bit of different sound, characterized by light singing and an exaggerated bass. The crowd enjoyed the performance and were eager to provide the artists with confidence and appreciation.
When Junglepussy stepped on stage, people went into a frenzy. Her outfit was on point, clearly tailored to her body and style. Junglepussy, born Shayna McHale, wore a green plaid dress, wrapped delicately around her body to illustrate a mismatched style that hung and flowed, communicating an aggressive self-confidence. The dress was paired with chunky white Fila sneakers and hair unapologetically big.
Her act continued with the theme of aggressive self-confidence, performing songs from her new album, JP3, including “State Of The Union”, “Trader Joe”, and classics such as “Bling Bling”. What made her performance unique was that a few songs were accompanied by political statements, sometimes holding up hand-written posters. One of the more striking messages read, “everybody wants to be black”. The crowd lived for every word and dance move. A fan even handed her an envelope with a fan letter; Junglepussy took it invitingly. Another theme of the night was self-love; Junglepussy made it a priority to constantly encourage self-love and respect throughout her performance, saying “if you love me, you love yourself”. In a notion of artistic expression, Junglepussy described how she viewed herself as emulating self-confidence and love for each other, and thus was a representation of how everyone should feel about themselves. This was refreshing from the average song about cars and juuls.
The crowd was also very characteristic of Junglepussy, full of Instagram-looking baddies, happy hoes, and unshaven pits. While most were women, there were your occasional males, rapping along with Junglepussy. In a sea of hoop-earrings, leopard prints, and fanny packs, the crowd seemed fairly positive and happy to be sharing the performance of Junglepussy with each other. It seemed there was almost a reciprocal relationship between everyone; the crowd was feeding off the energy of Junglepussy, and Junglepussy herself feeding off of the crowd’s enthusiasm.
While she is a less-known artist, Junglepussy brought a unique sound and attitude to the stage. The concert was not solely characterized by Sydanie, Rayana Jay, or Junglepussy. The experience cannot be described without noting the energy the crowd brings; pleasantly excited, as well as sweaty and raunchy. With the addition of Junglepussy, it was a fun, hot mess.
Photo Credit: Paolo M Testa
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