Cappa’s “No Scrubs” Remix Reminds You To Dump Your Loser Boyfriend
You don’t have to be an R&B fan or born in the 90s to know and love TLC. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez (RIP), and Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas created some of the most iconic tracks in the girl group game, and they’ve remained relevant and beloved even decades later. 24-year-old singer-songwriter CAPPA, based out of Nashville, put her own electronic spin on the infamous “No Scrubs” – an anthem against dating broke boys with no motivation or independence. Her use of soft synth pads and thumping bass stabs modernizes the track, rebirthing an anthem that will once again have people cringing at the thought of a guy “hanging out the passenger side of his best friend’s ride…”
Why did you choose to pursue music professionally?
Truthfully, I didn’t have the option not to. Every time I would quit, I would end up back at it a week or two later. I have an old journal entry on my computer that says “I AM NEVER EVER WRITING MUSIC EVER AGAIN” and then I had new lyrics in there a few days later. You can’t help who you are, I guess!
Where does the name CAPPA come from?
It’s my last name! I just decided to put it in all caps because it made it feel extra sassy.
Why did you choose to cover “No Scrubs?”
“No Scrubs” was one of my favorite songs when I was younger. I was 7 when it came out, and I remember thinking how cool I felt listening to it. I really wanted to remake it in my own way and encompass that same feeling. I also understand the meaning behind “I don’t want no scrub” more than I ever have before in my life, so that was beneficial.
What is your song “Goddess” about?
“Goddess” is a song about being who you are and owning it. I think sometimes it’s easy for people not to see how awesome they are. Most of us run around every day working one or two jobs and have so much on our plates that we forget we’re sexy, independent young women and men. I’m a goddess; you’re a goddess. That’s just the way it’s going to have to be around here.
Are you ever shy to put your personal life out there for the world to hear?
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t ever shy about putting a certain song out! But at the end of the day, it’s always a rewarding feeling. I get the last word and I like that.
You’re stuck on an island with a recording studio and three other musicians. Who would you hope for them to be and what type of music would you like to make?
This is a good but really difficult question (I’m mad at you). I would love Pharrell, Jack White, and Max Martin to be there. I’d still make pop music because that’s my love, but depending on how long we were there, we could probably start a really amazing/weird punk rock band.
If your music were any type of drug, alcoholic beverage, or food, what would it be?
It would probably be a Limoncello just because I had one for the first time last week and THEY ARE DELICIOUS.
Are you currently working on an LP?
I am! I’m working on some of my favorites songs I’ve written, and I’m really excited/impatient to release it!
What was your New Year’s resolution?
I don’t really have one, is that lame? I kind of make New Year’s resolutions every month or two. I sit down and think about all the things I want to do and how to get there. I guess if I had to pick one theme that I’m going for in 2016 it would be “balls to the wall”—can I say balls?
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