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Everyone knows Brooke Candy—and that’s exactly how she wants it. But not if it means anyone can tell her what to do. Fresh off a collaboration with Sia, the former stripper-turned rapper-turned fashion world icon, is ditching all the major label buzz to make a new EP that takes her back to her roots—a grimy basement where she spits filthy lyrics about sex and drugs. That’s because, no matter how many stars want to record her or designers want to dress her, Brooke Candy doesn’t know how to be anything but herself.

After hypnotizing the world as some kind of feminist ninja in Grimes’ “Genesis” video, Candy quickly began selling out shows and gracing magazine covers. Her unapologetic blend of honesty and aggressive sexuality made her an instant role model for the queer community, and her bold, unflinching style made her a top designer muse. But Candy is equally at home in Gaultier as she is in a GG Allin hoodie—that’s what makes her so special. Instead of belting pop songs at giant arenas, Candy would rather be grinding at an underground show. To her, fame is all about reach, and even though she has a powerful message, nothing is worth compromising your voice. In the future, she hopes to create real, positive change. But for now, Brooke Candy’s just doing what she does best: “getting on stage and rapping about my vagina, and hitting someone in the head with a microphone.”

BULLETT caught up with the artist to talk fame, feminism and finding her sound.

What are you working on?

I’m working on a new EP that’s like punk-rap. It’s just what I’ve been feeling—I want to make music everyone can dance to. I never particularly wanted to make mainstream pop music—it just seemed like a great opportunity and a really cool way for me to build a fucking massive platform to spread a conscious, positive message to young girls and the queer community. But I think I have a better chance of doing that if I just stay true to what I’m good at—making raw and authentic rap music, and just being myself.

There aren’t a lot of people who really go for it like that anymore.

Music is very vanilla at the moment. You can always find something really special if you look for it. But it seems as though, within the mainstream market, it’s over-saturated and it’s all the same shit over and over—that’s it. The Wendy O. Williams of the world, the GG Allins—nobody exists like that right now and the world fucking needs it.

Are you different from the girl in the Grimes video?

I’m exactly the same. The only difference is, I’m stronger now, a little bit smarter, and I’m not on drugs. So I can actually do this shit—I can actually elicit some change.

What about your sound?

The sound will be a little bit different. It’ll still have that energy, it’ll still be danceable in the club, it’ll still be punchy and in your face. The aesthetic is a little bit different, too, but it’s still fucking wild, it’s still me, still 100% my art and spirit. The only differences are good differences—I’ve grown up and experienced a certain amount of success. I was driving my vehicle towards even more success, and it wasn’t making me happy. So I just reevaluated, what am I doing? Why am I doing it? And how do I want to be doing it? Now I’m back to the basics—back at square one, and it feels fucking great.


I’m just so sick of being force fed the same fucking thing over and over and over. Right now, there’s so much darkness on the planet, and politically, shit is so fucking weird—we just can’t be where we’ve been for the past five years any longer. Musicians and artists need to just fucking go for it—be abrasive and intense and angry and make shit really happen, not just tweet about it.

Now that you’ve recorded a big record with Sia, you’re decided to go back into a small studio with your friend. Is your approach the same in both cases?

Ten times out of ten, I’m always going to pick making songs with a friend in a basement. Because that’s gonna feed my spirit, that’s gonna feed my soul, that’s gonna be raw and fucking honest. I think it was interesting, and amazing, to experience making a song in that setting—I’ve never been able to work with someone as talented as Sia, and doing it was such a crazy learning experience, and I wanted a big platform so I could push a message because I really do want to fucking help the planet. But as far as my art goes—that’s always going to be the most important. Pushing raw creativity is more important than chasing money, because that’s going to actually help people.

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Fro those who cba to read the whole thing:

  1. She's working on a punk-rap EP
  2. Judging by what she said, everything so far is scrapped. The album is either delayed or the whole thing was scrapped.

I'm assuming that Danger is the lead. wendy1 She seems more passionate about this and she clearly wasn't really feeling her pop stuff.

I just hope the whole album leaks one day orangu1

I hope she does some Q&A, cuz I have a ton of questions orangu1

@Kirjava @martian @Driven @Ceremonials @Brandon @Rosé. get in here lets cry together orangu1

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So it was the label that wanted to force her to go mainstream. jj4 We all knew that anyway, but at least she's honest about it.

By the sound of this interview I'm 90% sure that pop album she's been working on is never gonna see the light of day, apart from the few songs we got from it. jj3 Unless it leaks. But I find that highly unlikely. RCA is pretty tight about that sorta stuff. 

Well, at least she's back to making music that she's passionate about. xtina11

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Just now, Freaky Prince said:

But why wouldnt she drop a full length album instead of a short ass ep? dead4

She probably had some issues with the label-heads. They probably expected her pop-stuff to do better, but it didn't. So now she's back to making music that's closer to her older style. I think if she had the power to drop the album she's recorded so far, she would. Cuz this way the last 1,5 years were little more than a waste of her time. I'm sure the decision wasn't up to her regarding Daddy Issues.

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