With all the buzz around 26-year-old British rapper ENNY, it's hard to believe that she's only released four singles. Her breakthrough track "Peng Black Girls" – an unapologetic celebration of Black women and culture – released in October 2020, earned her legions of fans including the likes of US singer Summer Walker and fellow UK rapper Skepta. (Not to mention a killer remix with the one and only Jorja Smith). We caught up with ENNY to talk about her myriad musical influences (spanning everything from gospel records to J. Cole), her biggest career highlight so far and when we'll finally get to see her perform in the flesh.
MTV: For those who don't know about you and your music, do you mind telling us a bit about yourself?
ENNY: My name is ENNY and I am a rapper and singer from the South East of London!
Who or what inspired your music career?
My love of music was inspired by my dad. He definitely sparked something and from then I always knew I wanted to do music professionally at some point.
Who were your biggest musical influences?
My biggest music influences vary through particular points in my life. As a child it was a lot of gospel like Mary Mary because of my mum. Then getting a bit older it was Dizzee Rascal, Kano and a lot of garage and grime because of my older brother and my sister's obsession with keeping pirate radio on through the night! Then as I started finding my own lane it became Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, J. Cole… anything that makes you feel.
Tell us about the writing and recording process of your new release?
The recording process was very natural for "Same Old". It was my first proper session and my last day at work after I had quit my job. I remember sitting in the back watching Paya Joe and Casper start developing this soulful beat and just thinking 'wow'. By the end of the session I just remember feeling that we had done something special. So it's even more special now like 18 months later to perform the same song on Jools Holland with the same guys that helped produce it. Which is also why my upcoming EP is so special because of the collaborative process behind its development. It makes it more than just one person's journey.
What has been your biggest career highlight so far?
I think my biggest career highlight so far is watching the impact and message of "Peng Black Girl" connect universally. What I thought was just a song that would just connect to a couple Black girls in London actually translated to a lot of people around the world. So to receive messages from young girls and older women saying that the song made them love themselves was mind blowing.
Who would be your dream collaborator and why?
For full circle reasons I'll have to say J. Cole.
Have you met anyone and been totally starstruck?
I don't think I could get starstruck. I always play it cool and geek out to my friends later.
If you could only listen to one song on repeat for the rest of time what would it be and why?
Daft Punk's "Face To Face" is definitely a contender. I remember falling in love with this song at like 17, it always made me feel like I was in a TV show on my way from [high school].
What's on your playlists that people wouldn't expect?
A couple of Kylie Minogue bangers.
What can we expect from your live shows?
A hell of a show!
When can we see you perform live?
If all goes to plan with COVID, I'm performing at London's All Points East Festival in August 2021.
This article originally appeared on MTV.co.uk. Listen to ENNY's latest single, "Same Old", now.