Junglepussy from Brooklyn definitely fits in amongst the new wave of she-emcees in today’s rap game. Her sass, attitude and repugnance towards men jibe with select feelings given off at various points by Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj, Lizzo and others. With an obsessive preoccupation with womanly independence and relationship standoffishness, Junglepussy comes to the negotiation table with less of the brash impact of Hurricane G, Lady of Rage and Rah Digga and also unfortunately less of the keen insight and original styles of MC Lyte, Monie Love, Antoinette and Salt N Pepa. What we’re left with is a gal totally consumed in yearning for more out of her partners and male counterparts, in other words a hip-hop speaker with a bloated sense of relationship-related self-entitlement. Consequently, the fact that she spits some good rhyme-flows more often than not becomes a footnote sadly.
All over Pregnant With Success (Nov. 17), the presumed debut album followup to her 2014 mixtape Satisfaction Guaranteed, Junglepussy keeps the typical disposition of a fed up frustrated new age woman in America. In “Spicy 103 FM,” she tries to sort out some of her relationship problems in a radio call-in fashion with the eventual result of her winning an argument with an equally disgruntled male caller. Likewise, she airs more of her boyfriend-related grievances with an almost joyful demeanor in “Nothing For Me.” Other times, she is more sensual, rapping and singing on attraction and sex in “Somebody” and “Only Way,” and shows some sense in “Get To Steppin'” and “Bout You,” explaining passive aggression on both sides of the aisle and wanting love badly but understanding it’s not easy to come by.
It has to be said that she deliberately puts up roadblocks to sex after supposed wrongs done by him (“Pop For You”), and at one point, she even proudly admits to being a cock-blocker in “Get It Right.” Her caveat to that admission to mischievousness: “suck it up, sh*t happens.” Fortunately, the production by Shy Guy is a little more varied, with funky slow-burning backdrops, drill, smooth and lively beats, and one jerky old style one in “Steppin’.” Pregnant is reportedly self-released, and that’s just another way Junglepussy has asserted her independence on it. Another way is in how no guest vocalists grace the tracklist. With the commonplace bark heard ’round the world from the women’s liberation front still advancing today, Junglepussy scarcely comes up with other material than those feelings on this project. For someone who has said she is not a big listener of hip-hop, it would in fact help Junglepussy to get more acquainted with more of the classic rap albums. Pregnant With Success doesn’t come close to becoming one of them.