"Are you often dreaming of somebody?" questions Junglepussy—real name Shayna McHayle—on her woozy Pregnant With Success single, "Somebody." Though the album was first released in 2015, following her breakout Satisfaction Guaranteed mixtape in 2014, the New York rapper shared today a long overdue music video for the Erykah Badu-imbued song. "I wish upon a star for an afternoon with you," she says pointedly in the woodsy Erin Grant-directed visual.
"The last song I wrote for Pregnant with Success was ‘Somebody,'" Junglepussy told Teen Vogue. "By the end of that project I was so happy with the direction I was headed in, I knew I was finally about to share my favorite parts of myself. Letting go of the self-imposed urgency I placed on the process of making new music allowed me to take time with myself. I needed to be patient with my feelings and just let them be. In doing so, I learned so much more about myself."
The music video sees Junglepussy performing alone in a cabin, as she plays chess in front of a fireplace, wriths around a sunny, windowed porch and paints inside a gazebo. Grant's treatment is an incredible display of nuance, bringing together this familiar, mundane environment with a campy '70s attitude and slick, stylized editing evocative of TLC's "No Scrubs." Though Junglepussy has taken an unforgivable break from releasing anything new, this was well-worth the wait and arguably the best video of 2017 thus far.
Watch Junglepussy's "Somebody," below.
As part of MoMa's PopRally series, which serves as a gateway for young, diverse audiences to engage with the museum, Junglepussy will perform this Saturday during Petra Collins' installment, In Search of Us. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and a $25 ticket also includes a live tableau performance, open bar and access to MoMA's collection galleries.