Hesta Prynn is my homegirl and you need to totally add her to your posse and your playlist — if you haven’t already, seeing as Hesta was Autostraddle’s very first interview ever — originally part of the all girl party rap trio, “Northern State,” Hesta Prynn is flying solo these days while fine-tuning her hip hop/electro clash/hipster/fuckyoufortryingtocategorizeme sound.
Back in the day, I was a HUGE Northern State fan. “The Man’s Dolla” is still my fave, and Hesta Prynn is so sick on that track. “Before I was an MC I had another life,” Hesta raps like hot oil crackling in a pan. If Brooklyn hip hop knocked boots with PJ Harvey, Hesta Prynn would be their lovechild. Her rap flow is crisp, high pitched and slick with wit. Hesta Prynn’s singing voice feels ethereal, melodic and surprisingly haunting. She glides over dance funky synth beats and makes you feel like you’re sweaty and sexy in the club right along with her. (Oh, and did I mention how insanely hot she is? Yeah in case you didn’t notice, Hesta is fine as hell.)
Hesta Prynn is a fireball of frenetic sexified energy onstage. She has performed alongside the likes of Jay-Z, Tegan and Sara and 30 Seconds to Mars. Hesta Prynn stylistically killed it on her European tour and made it back home in time to walk the runway for Daryl K in NYC.
Lucky for us, she took the time to answer my questions for Autostraddle.
What are three of your best tracks? Or the ones you love the most?
My fave song from my EP is the title track “Can We Go Wrong” which you can download for free here:
I love my new single “Turn It Gold,” and also I really love the song “Recall” from the Can We Go Wrong EP, it’s kind of the sleeper hit of the record in my opinion. I’m probably going to make a video for that one next. I seem to make videos for my fave songs, there is a stop-motion video for “Can We Go Wrong” that I’m really proud of.
Describe your sound in five words, por favor.
Making love to your headphones.
You dream about collaborating with…..
The Dust Brothers, Timbaland, or Rihanna.
Music makes you … (fill in that blank however you like)
You’ve made it to the big time: Grammys, scandals, press conferences, worldwide stadium tours…who plays you in the epic
biopic of your life?
Some unknown girl who’s hustling in New York right now trying to make it as an actress. I’d want to give someone their big break like J.Lo in Selena minus the sequins.
Gotta love a chick that makes a poignant Selena reference. Maybe that’s just me…
Either way, download Hesta Prynn into your life and keep checking for updates because this girl won’t stop, can’t stop uh uh uh. (Insert Diddy voice here.)
Well Hesta Prynn, welcome to your afterlife as a solo artist, part time model and Renaissance woman. Do your thing. We’ve got your back, right ladies?