The Pop Up: pineappleCITI Just Might Be Your New Favorite Rapper

Some say hip-hop is an overstuffed musical genre. That’s both a gift and a curse because it means there’s a variety of ways to express yourself as a hip-hop artist. And that’s what rapper pineappleCITI loves about music—self expression.


“Considering the oversaturation of hip-hop, it is embedded in me to keep going because I’m so passionate about my music like it’s not a chore for me and it’s not just something that I’m doing to make money,” she told The Root.

A lot of these SoundCloud rappers want the fame and fortune, but pineappleCITI just wants to express herself in the hopes that people feel her music and also feel that it’s O.K. to be yourself.

pineappleCITI is a queer black woman, but she doesn’t wear that label on her sleeve, especially when it comes to her music.

“It’s not like I’m walking around parading for anyone in particular, but I know I stand for the gay community because I just am. I stand for the black community because I just am,” she said.

We were lucky enough to get pineappleCITI to come through our live performance series, The Pop Up, to perform some of her music. Watch the video above to see her perform, “Hide Ya Body,” a bop, honestly.

Pretty. Witty. Girly. Worldly. One who likes to party, but comes home early. I got stories to tell. Prince (yes, that Prince) called me excellence. Achievement unlocked.