The Internet nearly exploded yesterday when Kitty Pryde, an ambiguously teenaged white girl from Daytona Beach, Florida, released the music video for her month-old song, "Okay Cupid." In it, she fawns over celeb crush Danny Brown, drinks PBR, hits up Google Images, and expresses a general carefree adolescence while the cameras roll at her friend's yard sale.
The rhymes are amateur—and she knows it—but her juxtaposition with the "standards" of rap music, combined with the "is she in on the joke?" speculation is what makes her presence so damn captivating. A few hours after the video dropped, we got on the phone with Kitty to talk about how she's handling all the attention, as well as the hate.
Interview by Ernest Baker (@newbornrodeo)
Complex: Where are you coming from? Where do you work?
Kitty Pryde: I work at Claire’s.
That’s pretty trill. And you live in Daytona Beach?
This is all hilarious. This entire thing is hilarious.
Are you 17? That’s what the Internet is saying today, but I know you said you like to be mysterious about it. Can you confirm that?
I don’t know. I haven’t really decided yet what I want to do about that. When I do decide to tell everybody how old I am, maybe it won’t even be a big deal. Maybe everybody won’t even care, but I think at this point it might be a big thing. I have talk to my manager about it now. Now it’s like a big deal. “Is Kitty Pryde legal?” [Laughs.]
It’s always a thing. People are especially hard on girls about age.
Yeah, there was a blog that thought I was literally 13. I thought that was hilarious. I’m 13? That’s just a joke among my friends because they’re all older than me. To some people I’m 13. I said that [I was], now, it’s a big huge speculation and I think it’s hilarious. This is all hilarious. This entire thing is hilarious.
Yeah, I imagine it is pretty funny for you. You’re in high school, right?
I am not going to confirm or deny that. [Laughs.]
Wow. You are like completely…
You seem very self-aware. You know things have the potential to get crazy really soon, as opposed to three months ago when it was probably still silly Tumblr shit.
Honestly, it was just a joke. It was just a big joke and after [producer] Beautiful Lou saw it... I mean, at first, I wanted everybody to be in on the joke. I was like, “Everyone listen to this! Isn’t this hilarious? Isn’t this funny?” My friends were all into real hip-hop culture, so they weren’t really taking it seriously and they’d be like, “Wow, you’re terrible at this, but it’s cute.” Now, people are getting really mad about it. You know when people start to get mad about stuff, that’s when it starts to get real. Now, I guess people are mad about it, so whatever. We’ll see how it goes. Maybe, I’ll get to hang out with someone famous and then it will be cool.
My friends were all into real hip-hop culture, so they weren’t really taking it seriously and they’d be like, 'Wow, you’re terrible at this, but it’s cute.' Now, people are getting really mad about it.
How are you handling that? I’m sure you got a lot of Tumblr questions and your Twitter mentions are in shambles. Does the mean shit really get to you or piss you off at all? Does the nice shit gas you? How do you feel?
It was actually… I don’t know. It didn’t really hit me for a while. I had to go to work right after the video was posted. I got called in to cover for someone. You know, Claire's emergency, so obviously that was very urgent. [Laughs.] They were like, “Can you come in for three hours?” OK, good. These crucial first three hours I don’t have to sit and see what is going on. I was kind of unplugged. But then, one of my friends literally called my store to tell me Earl Sweatshirt dissed me on Twitter. I was like, “Oh my God. What is going on on the Internet right now? What am I missing?” I figured it must have been something really big.
I really haven’t looked at everything yet because the first thing that I did was get on my Facebook and I had so many messages and notifications and stuff. I just really didn’t want to even look because I didn’t want to know and I didn’t want to know who was saying mean things. Some mean things have gotten through and I got like a few hundred Tumblr followers today and I had to turn off the anonymous thing because I didn’t want anybody to say anything horrible. I don’t know, I haven’t really seen anything too bad. I guess Noz, who, truthfully, I didn’t know who that was. I had to ask some people to find out who he was. And then I realized, “Oh man, he doesn’t like me.” That’s probably really bad if I ever want to be a legitimate hip-hop artist. But I guess I didn’t really go for that anyway. It’s OK. Other than that, I didn’t see anything that hurt my feelings. I think it’s really funny. When people say mean things online, it’s kind of like, ‘Why bother? Did it bother you that much that you had to talk about it?'
What about the people who really like it and are intrigued? How does it feel to be getting that positive attention?
It’s really cool. It’s fun. But after a little bit, it depends on who it is. I got all these followers on Twitter when I was gone. When I came back, I had like 300 more and I was like, “What? Who are all these people?” Then I started scrolling down through it and I started to notice people that were verified who are following me. Like, Kilo Kish is following me now. And I was like, “Oh my God, Kilo Kish.” It’s very exciting when famous people that I’ve idolized talk about me and stuff and like me. When it’s just people who just kind of like blend in, I’m like, “I don’t know this person.” You are just a faceless person on the Internet, so it’s like a little bit weird that they know things about me. Like, they’ve seen me, but I’ve never seen them. It kind of freaks me out a little, but in a good way. I like it.
I don’t really know how the music industry works. Maybe I’ll start making money somehow. But as of right now, I’ve made literally $25 off of Bandcamp
You’ve said that this is a joke and you’ve put it out there, saying stuff like, “I am a terrible lyricist. My music is bad.” And then you say shit like, “Fuck, what if my next song isn’t good or doesn’t blow up like ‘Okay Cupid’?” So, where do you stand as far as wanting to be a real artist?
For the most part, my general attitude is that it’s just like, it’s funny. It’s fun for me. It’s a joke. Anytime I make a song, it’s because something funny happened or something cool happened and I’m writing about it, you know what I mean? It ended up being a joke and I just had fun doing it. Every so often, like, I guess the day that I tweeted about being worried that my next song isn’t going to be as big of a deal, I was doing an interview with these people who were very intimidating. I was like, “Oh my God, I am interviewing with someone. What if this cool stuff just stopped happening one day? What if I fuck up and everything in my life stops being exciting as it is?” But then I realized before I started getting people to look at my dumb songs on the Internet, I definitely had a fun life anyway. It’s not like it’s going to affect me negatively if I make a song that’s not good. And plus, it’s not how I make money. So I think since I’m not trying to make money or anything, it doesn’t really matter. It’s not like I am going to lose my job or anything.
Well, you probably have the opportunity to make some money off of music in the coming months. At this very moment, you’re working at Claire’s. Did you have something else that you were working towards? Like, did you want to be a movie director? A model?
[Laughs.] No. I always wanted to work at the corporate part of Universal Studios. It’s not a very girly, kid, head-in-the-clouds goal, but it seems like a lot of fun. That’s where I was heading with my life before all this happened. I don’t really know what’s going to happen now. It certainly doesn’t seem like I’ll make a career out of music. I don’t really know how the music industry works. Maybe I’ll start making money somehow. But as of right now, I’ve made literally $25 off of Bandcamp since I had it so that’s all.