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If you haven't listened to Coco Mamba's cover of Migos' 'Bad & Boujee' yet, you're missing out big time. It might be the best cover song you'll hear this year. Or most years.

The Brooklyn-based singer, filmmaker, and activist is currently working on a music video short with her boyfriend and collaborator Lucas Alvarado-Farrar but she took some time to answer our questions about life, inspiration, and dreams.


How would you describe yourself in 5 words?

Independent, creative, confident, analytical, and assertive.

When was the last time you tried something new?

I had my first official show the other night opening for this punk band called The Meltaways in Bushwick, BK. I thought it'd be a great way to get my feet wet, but it turns out someone was there who happened to be roommates with a writer at the FADER. The next morning I was at work and got a notification that they mentioned me in a post on Twitter. My first show lead to my first feature on my favourite music blog.

If a movie was made about your life, what actor/actress would play you and what would the film be called?

Betty Gabriel - Phases of the Moon.

What is the worst thing your parents caught you doing as a kid?

When I was a teenager, my friends and I used to sneak liquor from my mom's bar and replace what we drank with water. I ended up doing it so much that my mom went to make herself a drink and realized that all of her bottles were 80% water. It's hilarious now but she was pissed at the time.

What inspires you?

People who make moves without asking for permission or acceptance.

What did you dream about last night?

I had another one of my tsunami dreams. In the dream I was on the beach, staring at the horizon, when I realized that a giant wave was headed towards the shore. I always have natural disaster dreams (usually tsunamis or tornados) whenever something major changes in my life.

Lastly, what are you currently working on?

Right now I'm editing a music video short that I shot while I was in LA last month. I'm super excited about it because my boyfriend (Lucas Alvarado-Farrar who also happens to be my photographer and videographer) and I had access to a ton of dope equipment that would normally cost us a ton of money. I think that people will be really impressed with how much thought and intention was put into this visual. I wanted it to reflect my filmmaker background more as far as set design and narrative goes.


You can find Coco Mamba over at SoundCloud. For more information on our Introducing series, head here.