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Chicago, Illinois, United States | INDIE

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"Humphrey student gaining nationwide notoriety as a rapper"

Humphrey student gaining nationwide notoriety as a rapper
By Larry Randa April 12 at 7:08 a.m.

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Princess Nauwisa (Juanisha Johnson)

She’s the hottest new rapper in the country.

Her smash hit single “Girl Pants” has gone viral and, in a matter of less than a year, Hubert Humphrey Middle School eighth grader Juanisha Johnson, better known as Princess Nauwisa, has become quite the star.

“We don’t know where this is going because it’s all happening so fast,” said Juanisha’s mom, Vermell Fields. “She has a lot of shows to do and I don’t even know if she’s going to be able to graduate with her class. I want her to. And she wants to.”

It all started last summer when Juanisha, who has been rapping since she was seven and writing her own lyrics since she was 10, recorded Girl Pants at Too Cold to Hold Studios in the south suburbs. She followed up the recording with a music video that was released in December, and since then her life has been a blur.

She just finished recording a mix tape featuring her latest effort, a pop song called “Partying and Shopping,” that will be turned into a music video and short movie. And now she’s preparing for springtime performances in the Chicago area and summer tours throughout the country.

“I’m having fun. I really like doing this,” Juanisha said. “It’s hard doing this and going to school because you gotta get your homework done and make sure you’re studying. But I think I can handle it.”

Her immediate schedule calls for appearances at the Harold Washington Cultural Center in Chicago (April 23) and Chicago’s LaFollette Park (April 29.) In June she’ll appear at the Regal Theater (formerly the Avalon Theater) and at some point this summer she’ll also open for various appearances around the country by 18-year-old Dallas rapper Lil Twist.

“I never expected her to do what she’s doing because she always said she wanted to be a teacher,” mom Fields said. “But this is something she wants to do.”

The fact is Juanisha, who idolizes Trinidad hip hop artist and songwriter Nicki Minaj, says she is going to make a career out of rapping.

“But I also love to act,” she said. “I want to do both of them.”

Juanisha’s songs are readily available on-line, including You Tube. A simple Google search will produce all sorts of Princess Nauwisa “hits.”



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