Saucy Santana is spreading pleasure by being himself — Andscape

There’s a video of Saucy Santana, actual title Rashad Spain, that I’ve been laughing at for months. Within the video, Saucy Santana is sporting a black tunic costume that exposes each of his thighs. He’s carrying a tiny purse and is sporting black boots. The rapper, whose hits “Materials Woman” and “Stroll Em Like a Canine” have taken over TikTok and Instagram, is strolling out of a constructing, and as he takes off his shades, the video goes into gradual movement. Then Saucy Santana performs an epic hair flip earlier than placing his shades again on and strolling off. Oh, you need to know: Saucy Santana has a bald fade and doesn’t even have any of the hair wanted to carry out an precise flip. But this video reveals off the complete Saucy Santana expertise: additional aptitude, additional drama, theatrics, comedy and pleasure — a lot of pleasure. The feedback are all-caps pleasure and awe at Saucy Santana’s swagger. In brief, everybody appears to be having fun with themselves.

For the previous few years, Saucy Santana’s model of leisure simply makes you are feeling good — beginning along with his hilarious viral Instagram Stay movies with Metropolis Women member Yung Miami and culminating in a rap profession and new single, “Booty” with fellow rapper Latto, that’s primed to take over the charts simply because it’s taken over the web. Saucy Santana’s vibe emanates happiness that feels so valuable, particularly now because the world closes in on so many people.

Forward of “Booty’s” launch, I talked to the Bridgeport, Connecticut, native about his unrelenting pleasure, what makes him glad and the way he maintains this positivity in an trade (and world) that doesn’t at all times love its queer neighborhood members prefer it ought to.

This interview has been edited for size and readability.

How vital is it so that you can be a supply of pleasure while you’re presenting your self to the general public?

It’s a cool factor. It’s straightforward to get up and be your self and simply be Santana, who I’ve been since a child. I take delight in that and I’m glad everybody sees me for me they usually adore it. 

Your songs are upbeat dance songs, however you do speak rather a lot about individuals making an attempt you or messing with you, and typically together with you in drama. Nonetheless, you flip it right into a constructive sound. How vital is the precise sound of the music relating to happiness?

I’m only a enjoyable particular person. I wish to have enjoyable. I like to buy and spend cash and celebration. So I simply really feel prefer it’s straightforward to make that sort of music. And that’s what individuals like about me. However in actual life, I’m really dead-ass severe. However individuals love web, entertaining Santana. So since that’s the facet that you just like and also you get pleasure from, I’m going to present you music that can make you fall in love with one of many traits you already love a lot.

What do you imply while you say you’re severe in non-public?

In particular person, it’s not plenty of loud laughing and all that. I’m a human. I’m not a robotic. I get up and I’ve unhealthy days. I get up and I’ve an angle. I get up and I’ve a full schedule of 20 issues to do in a day that solely has 24 hours. So each day while you see me, I’m not like, ‘Ah-haha, Materials Woman!’ It’s not that each day. I believe that for most individuals, that’s what they like to see. So I simply make my music replicate [that].

Talking of the outward stuff that everyone needs to see — do you are feeling like you must carry out? And does it ever put on on you?

Uh-huh, they positively do. However I believe it’s crucial to simply nonetheless be myself and never really feel compelled. I believe nothing comes out good when it’s compelled. So, when I’ve to power myself to permit individuals to make me assume that I can’t nonetheless be a human being, that’s one thing that I don’t play about. I’m nonetheless an individual. I nonetheless have emotions and feelings, and also you’re going to respect everyone accordingly.

What brings you pleasure?

The strip membership! (Laughs.) I’m a Libra, so making different individuals glad actually makes me glad, too. So, having the ability to put out a report that individuals get pleasure from. Having the ability to repay a invoice for my mother. Having the ability to present for my little sister to strive one of many many issues that she at all times needs to do. However simply having the ability to have peace, and be in a superb area, after which capable of additionally put a smile on different individuals’s faces, is sufficient for me.

You’re lively on social media, particularly relating to speaking to individuals in your mentions. How do you keep your sanity? Do you get off the telephone sooner or later? 

Typically I add [a video] and be like, ‘I ain’t studying the feedback at this time. I don’t need that sort of power.’ So, you simply need to have self-control. But additionally, I’m only a individual that’s assured in who I’m. The web is so bizarre and tough these days. Trolling is the brand new standard factor. Individuals really feel like they will get a response and be on The Shade Room.

It took plenty of nerve for me to come back out of the home at 17 with a full acrylic set on, and make-up and a beard and lady garments. So, I don’t actually care what individuals assume. However after all, I’m human, so it may well nonetheless get to you. So, some days I simply put the telephone down.

One of many issues that’s nice about you making this music is that it comes at a time when the world simply feels so tousled. How do you reply when issues just like the latest anti-gay laws in Florida passes and you already know that you just make so many individuals glad?

That’s one of many issues that makes me glad that I might do one thing, I might put out a report, or I might do one thing that makes you are feeling good. As a result of there may be plenty of trauma on the planet, and also you simply by no means know what individuals are going by.

I get so many DMs [direct messages] of individuals telling me I encourage them, or they needed to do that for thus lengthy once they didn’t have the braveness. However watching me, they’re now residing of their fact and their very own actual identities. Or how individuals write me and say, in the event that they’re having a foul day they usually play my music, it’s capable of change the dynamic of their day or their angle. So I’m simply grateful and joyous for that.

You talked about you need to work with Lizzo and Gucci Mane. I seen there have been plenty of Black ladies within the trade who’ve been supportive of you. However have you ever discovered it difficult to get straight Black males to need to make music with you?

I don’t actually ask them to know what they really need. However I do know I received plenty of straight Black male followers, and once they see me, they go simply as loopy as my different followers do. Even different rap dudes — after I’m out operating errands, plenty of dudes present me love.

Is that even one thing you concentrate on? How vital is it to have that contingent of parents both eager to work with you or being followers of your work?

It was on the prime of my listing. Now, I’m not fearful about it. As a result of I simply really feel like when music and expertise is simple, you don’t actually need to persuade individuals.

I used to really feel like I needed to persuade them, or I needed to be down [with them]. As a result of even rising up, being within the streets and stuff, I used to be at all times cool with all of the boys. So I used to be searching for that very same acceptance in hip-hop. But it surely’s an entire totally different ballgame. So with me, I’m simply cool with simply doing me and letting my expertise rock out and be simple — extra individuals haven’t any selection however to present you your flowers.

What worries you?

9 instances out of 10 it’s about music. Getting options cleared, having correct rollouts, ensuring what [sounds good]. These are issues that I’m actually strolling on eggshells about on a regular basis.

We’ve been speaking about pleasure for a bit now so I need to know: What does it imply to you?

Pleasure means to me: happiness, being assured, being proud in who you might be and what you bought happening.

David Dennis Jr. is a senior author at Andscape and an American Mosaic Journalism Prize recipient. His e-book, The Motion Made Us, will likely be launched in 2022. David is a graduate of Davidson Faculty.


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