There are few people as cool as Nuyorican musician Princess Nokia. She sings, she raps, she dunks soup on people who are being loud and racist on the subway—really, she’s cooler than you or me could ever hope to be. But there is one thing that Nokia and I (and maybe even you!) have in common, and that’s the fact we liked emo boys in high school.
Princess Nokia, born Destiny Frasqueri, spilled the beans about her first brush with teenage romance on the first episode of her new Apple Music Beats 1 radio show, “Voices in My Head”—which is all about the various genres that have influenced her, emo and pop-punk included.
“When I entered freshman year, I met my first boyfriend, and he was an emo boy, and he was so beautiful,” Frasqueri says. “He looked like the lead singer of Panic! at the Disco—he looked like Brendon Urie. And as soon as I see him, I was like, it’s on, that’s gonna be my boyfriend. It’s on, it’s on, it’s on!” He messaged her over a social media app, obviously, and then they went to Central Park together. The rest is (sweet emo love) history. Oh, and she lost her virginity to System of a Down.
“Yeah, I’m a proud emo,” she says elsewhere on the show, getting real about what the music means to her—and how brown and black kids are emo as hell. “My experience is that white kids love hip-hop and brown and black kids love rock music. And I think that the majority of the all the goth kids, punk kids, ravers, emo kids, scene kids, the whole hardcore scene [that] existed in New York City is all the kids in the hood. Which is really beautiful.” I listened to Dashboard Confessional’s MTV Unplugged Vol. 2 more times than any other CD I owned or downloaded in high school, and maybe ever, so I agree.
Listen to clips of the episode below—and catch “Voices in My Head” every other Sunday, 3 p.m. EST, on Apple Music’s Beats 1.