As a German rapper/actor/writer/model/and influencer, Jnnrhndrxx (pronounce Jenner Hendrix) has more than one string to her bow. The Berlin-based trans artist told us about her numerous activities, her label HNDRXX CLAN and her “queen” identity.
How and when were you introduced to hip hop for the first time?
I grew up with hip hop back in the day with Ashanti, P Diddy, 50Cent and Aaliyah. So hip hop has always been a part of my life.
You started singing in church when you were 10 years old. How and when did you start rapping?
I sang for 10 years in the choir, and I must admit singing is still my passion. With the rapping I also started relatively early, secretly as a child and now on big stages.
At the age of 14, you began modelling. What did you learn from this experience?
Unfortunately, I don’t have many positive things to say about this time because I was on unhealthy diets just to stay thin. I took a break from modeling at 18 and now I’m modeling again, but I have a healthy relationship with my body.
You’re also an actress, a writer, and an influencer. How do you link all these activities together?
All my activities can be combined well, because as a content creator/influencer, I always have content to produce for my music or other things. We live in a time where you are not only the rapper or the writer, but you can do more at the same time. Like my favorite artist Rihanna. : )
When did you create the character of Jnnrhndrxx and how would you define her?
I wouldn’t say I created a character, Jnnrhndrxx is also a part of me. Confident, funny, determined and clumsy sometimes. : )
How do you usually compose and write? Do you have any favorite topics or routines?
I write everywhere and every time when a line or an idea for a song comes into my head. My notes on my phone are already completely full of song sketches. I try to process my experiences in my songs or celebrate my life as a woman. I create visibility for socially critical issues like racism or transphobia.
Which of your songs are you most proud of and why?
First of all, I am proud of all my songs, but most of all I am proud of my song “Staaken Trauma” where I process parts of my youth.
You released the EP Staaken Trauma on your label HNDRXX CLAN. Why and how did you create this structure?
I also want to do my own thing on the music scene, so I released my first EP on my independent label HNDRXX CLAN. From the cover to the last line, it all came from me. That was important to me for the first EP. The HNDRXX CLAN will also support other artists in the future.
As a Black trans woman, what major issues did/do you have to face throughout your career?
As a Black trans woman, you are not only exposed to racism, but also to sexism and trans hostility. You don’t get a role because you are too Black. These are my experiences and there are many more stories, but you know what? It makes me stronger.
How would you define your own feminism/queerness?
I don’t just call myself a queen because it sounds nice, but because being a queen for me means not taking shit and standing up for your rights. I will not beg people to accept me and give me a seat at the table – I will take it.
What are your upcoming projects?
Let’s put it this way: it will never be boring with me. And you don’t have to worry, there will always be some project coming from me, whether it is music or whatever. I hope to get the chance to perform in France soon. J’aime la comm française!
What do you think about Madame Rap? What should be changed or improved?
I like your blog very much. You offer many rappers a platform to get to know each other or to be seen. Keep up the good work! I send a lot of love to France and hope we will meet in person.