And while Parri$ could easily sit back and watch the work roll in, this year she’s adding another accolade to her already packed CV – singer. The first track “Friday” hit the internet last year and was quickly followed by “Nasty” and “FIYAH”, all unapologetic, thumping hip-hop tracks that wouldn’t sound out of place on a classic Missy album. The videos too – with dance breaks, in-your-face krumping from Parri$’s crew and styling that definitely isn’t shy – mark her out as a strong contender for hip-hop’s crown. So get ready to bow down, 2017 could be Parri$’s year.
Hunger: Did you grow up in a musical family?
My parents raised us on music. My dad would always play RnB and funk, a lot of Michael Jackson and then loads of 90s slow jams. As soon as I could walk I was trying to dance, it wasn’t really a matter of discovering it, it was something that came naturally. And it was when I took my first hip-hop class at about 10 that something clicked. I fell instantly in love with it. That was the moment that my life took a new direction.
Why hip-hop over other genres?
The music was easy to connect with and move to. When you’re younger you don’t think about the reasons you do things in the same way you do when you’re an adult – you just do whatever you enjoy. It was just something that was fun, but the older I got the more I began to love the fact that in hip-hop there is no right or wrong, it’s just about movement and feeling something. It’s pure expression without rules, it’s freedom.
Hip-hop has suffered from negative connotations though, and has come under fire for being misogynistic – have you ever witnessed that side of hip-hop? Or do you think these are misconceptions?
I think it’s partially true and does come into music videos and lyrics, but the dancers are generally completely different groups of people to the musicians. The dance world, I would say, is almost separate to the music world, and I was raised in the dance world, so didn’t feel that women were treated differently. I’ve never felt that I was unfairly treated, but I do understand people’s perspective when they say that misogyny in hip-hop exists because there is a history of it, but like anything else it’s what you make of it. It’s up to me as an artist to make what I want out of this industry, to highlight it or not, and to make my mark.
Do you think having female icons in the genre, who are very successful, like Nicki Minaj, is proof that this is a good time for women in hip–hop?
I think it’s awesome that there are women like that really bossing it in music, and whether you’re an artist or not you can’t help but be inspired by strong, successful female figures. It teaches people to do whatever they want and own it, to be confident and not afraid to use their voice and take charge.