Season 4 fan fave Jiggly Caliente has a fabulous new hip-hop album new album THOT Process coming out March 9.
She spoke to Billboard about the six years it took to make the album, collaborating with other Drag Race alumna, and her first single, “FckBoi:”
Congrats on the album, I’ve gotten a chance to listen to that a few times, and this is, to my knowledge, the first straight-up hip-hop album from a Drag Race girl. Why is that the style that you wanted to do this in?
I wanted to stick to hip-hop because I am a New York girl through and through. I may have been born in the Philippines, but there’s something about hip-hop culture that just spoke to me. I love the music, I love the style of hip-hop, and it just is more me. It just felt natural for me to go that route. You know, I could have easily done the super Auto-Tuned, typical drag tracks. Talking about your hair, your drag, your nails and all of that. But I wanted to make sure that I was true to myself. If I was going to put out an album, I needed it to be me. I needed people to see another side of me, or more accurately, the side of me that they didn’t get to see on Drag Race. This was my way to do that.
It took some time, don’t get me wrong [laughs]. It’s been six years since my season, but I felt like it was time. I really wanted to make sure that I was doing something that was authentic, because that has been my new motto in life and the thing that I pride myself on. I’m want to make sure that my fans get the 100 percent real me, instead of a produced version of me that was made for TV. No, this is Jiggly.
You collaborated with a lot of other Drag Race girls on this album. Is there a queen that you haven’t gotten the chance to work with that you’d really like to get in the studio?
Ugh. There’s actually four of them that I really wish could have been in my album. But my producers were like, “Look, you only have 11 songs girl, and you cannot have an album that is all collaborations.” This was not the remix album. But I really wanted to work with — not in any particular order — Willam, Shea Couleé, Tatianna and Adore Delano. Those are the four that I was basically crying over not getting to work with them [laughs]. But like, they’ve got lives and careers, too. Like, Tatianna and Adore have things going on, major tours, they’re super busy. And Shea was crazy busy because she had just gotten off season 9, and I just didn’t have any time to get any of them in the studio. And Willam was just screaming “I’m busy!” I was like, “I hate you.” [laughs]
I mean, we’re gonna make those work out eventually. I think Tatianna has been talking about it lately, so if Tatianna wants to do a remix of one of my songs, I think I’m gonna do a remix of “Fck Boi” and I’m dying to get her on it. She told me she loves the song, and there’s no other Ru girl perfect enough for that song but Tatianna.
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