In-Studio with Jay Boogie: 10 Facts About the Hip-Hop Princess’ New Material


In-Studio with Jay Boogie: 10 Facts About the Hip-Hop Princess’ New Material


Photography: Lauren Gesswein

Rapper Jay Boogie is easily one of our favorite artists in contemporary hip-hop, rising from Brooklyn, New York with a spicy flow and unapologetic point-of-view that’s equally tactful as it is confrontational.

Longtime devotees, we followed Boogie to Chicago last year, documenting the rapper getting ready for a late-night set performing tracks off his 2014 debut album Allure; we later premiered his tropical AHBS collaboration, “Toca Me,” and named his Rahel-assisted My H.O.E. cut, “It Ain’t About You,” one of the top 12 queer tracks of 2015.

Though he’s been relatively quiet this year, at least musically, Boogie’s busy in the studio, plotting his return track-by-track and making magic to finally unveil this summer. With an exclusive look at the rapper’s recording process, BULLETT has 10 insider details about what’s coming next from the “Body” emcee:

He’s collaborating with new producers: 

“One of the newer people I’m working with on this project is named Yung Nab. There’s also this guy named S H M X, and L-Vis 1990 of Night Slugs.”

He’s still working with his go-to producers:  

“As always, I have my regulars: Flex LangCrystal Caines, Billy Scher.”

New material will feature more guest vocalists than ever before:

“I have Don Christian, Kevin JZ, Controverse and my daughter Ahsh Eff. Crystal Caines is also a guest vocalist, in addition to producing.”

He’s not interested in releasing a full-length album or mixtape: 

“I’m really interested in putting out individual songs and seeing how they take life. Maybe I’ll call them all ‘singles,’ but I’m really just dropping gems. I want to see the power of each individual song and give them the longest lifespan possible. A lot gets lost in translation when you put out a compilation. I don’t like that pressure, either, because I feel like all my songs are singles.”

He’s still as spicy as ever: 

“Lyrically, I’m still revisiting a lot of the same things as before: believe in yourself, fuck everybody else, follow your journey, don’t let anybody put you in a space where you doubt yourself. There’s a lot of enlightening about what it means to be ‘Banjee Cunt’ and what it’s like to be a person like myself, not just as a gay man or a black man, but a person of my kind in Brooklyn, New York. I’m bringing people that journey and being an activist—that girl who’s unapologetic and in your face about it. I’m proud to be whatever you consider me to be, as far as derogatory terms go. I’m that faggot.”

He’s always challenging himself to be better:

“You don’t want to reach a plateau or a level where it’s like, ‘Have I spoken about everything? Have I created everything I want to create?’ But you go through phases and get this crazy rush—this creative energy where you’re writing down notes and you’re like, ‘Oh shit, I have to get this off my chest.’ I still experience writer’s block or that drought of creativity because personal circumstances are taking a toll on me. But the pen never stops going and my thoughts are always alive.”

Physical activity keeps him motivated: 

“It’s really about us still being Queens in our forties and still being able to be mobile. If you think about it, we’re not going to be our dads with suitcases walking to the office everyday. We’re going to want to be in the mix at 45 or even 50. We really have to get our bodies together—it’s all we have.”

He’s imbuing his hip-hop sound with pop:

“It’s blazing hip-hop and R&B with a splash of pop.”

He’s created a remix of Floetry’s sexy 2002 single, “Say Yes:”

“That’s the track that raised questions about my recent breakup, and my remix was my answer. It’s an emancipation from that scenario.”

All this new music is coming very soon:

“My next tour is in September—I’m doing Europe, again. So I want to take the summer by storm and drop gems back-to-back—do it casually and finally have all my songs out in the Universe.”