Fresh off a collaboration with Brooklyn-based jazz/hip-hop collective QNA, St. Croix rapper and vocalist Bush Tea is now releasing a string of her own solo efforts. Infectious cuts like her single “Fresh” and “Bad Gyal” tap into the propulsive energy of Caribbean dancehall music, but Bush Tea’s songwriting poses a rebellious deviation from the norm. “I didn’t want anyone telling me how to be sexy or what to say,” Bush Tea says of “Fresh”. “I wanted to be sexy sometimes, tomboyish sometimes, conservative and abstract sometimes. And I’m so so happy to say that is exactly what I did, without anyone policing me. I was able to be open about the vastness of what we all are.”
Bump Bush Tea’s “Bad Gyal”.
Listen to QNA’s “Retrograde” featuring Bush Tea below.