Biography

If you haven't heard her alt-favourite Hesta Prynn's brand of post-hipster-art-pop you're about to. In the same manner that Andy Warhol and The RZA artistically tore up the Big Apple, Hesta Prynn is a maverick in the classic "New York" sense of the word. Walking the line between exquisitely pretty and totally hardcore, the former Northern State MC remains an artist with a chic sense of style and a visionary take on all things outside the norm.

If you haven't heard her alt-favourite Hesta Prynn's brand of post-hipster-art-pop you're about to. In the same manner that Andy Warhol and The RZA artistically tore up the Big Apple, Hesta Prynn is a maverick in the classic "New York" sense of the word. Walking the line between exquisitely pretty and totally hardcore, the former Northern State MC remains an artist with a chic sense of style and a visionary take on all things outside the norm. On her first solo EP "Can We Go Wrong" she constructs an aural enigma that could only come from an old school Nintendo-playing, horror movie fanatic who's got a keen fashion sense.

This is the girl who Questlove called "his melody", who hit Scores late night with Cypress Hill and learned to order fast food on the road from Pete Rock. Riding the thin line between indie elegance and gutter hip hop attitude, downtown rock-chic designer Daryl K made Hesta Prynn the face of a collection and she walked the runway in Fashion Week 2011. At the center of all of this is, of course, the music.

Hesta Prynn's quixotic charm pipes through each and every note-from rap-laden verses to sweeping melodic hooks. About her sonic mixology, she explains, "I'm a child of the '90s. I take all of these different sounds, influences and genres and come up with something cohesive and tangible. We kept calling it 'post-everything.' It's post-hipster, post-genre and post-pop." As a DJ and longtime lover of vinyl, Hesta Prynn self-released two 7"s including a cover of "Pepper" by the Butthole Surfers which features Clown from Slipknot on drums. In Feb 2011 UK record label Too Pure/Beggars Banquet released "Turn It Gold" on limited edition 7". The pressing sold out in the pre-sale.

Hesta Prynn's sound has already extended far beyond those well-trodden NYC streets at shows internationally with everyone from Jay-Z and 30 Seconds to Mars to Tegan and Sara and Kelis. She's collaborated with Tim Harrington from Les Savy Fav, covered Neon Indian and remixed Josh Ritter. The list of DJs and musicians who've remixed her music is lengthy and awesome. Her stop-motion video for "Can We Go Wrong" is everywhere from MTV's "The Seven", to tech-art blog Boing Boing to Teen Vogue, and her envelope-pushing video for Turn It Gold is causing a stir across Europe.

The sound Hesta Prynn and long-time collaborator Chuck Brody have conjured finds the perfect middle ground between natural instrumentation and electronic textures. A surf-style guitar can bend right into a soaring synth melody quickly in one song while Hesta rips through a sharp, sardonic and sultry rhyme. That style has spoke to various crucial musicians who have been immediately struck by Hesta Prynn. For more, visit HestaPrynn.com.

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Songs Performed by Artist

Song Album Artist Year
A Thousand WordsDying in StereoNorthern State2003
All the SameDying in StereoNorthern State2003
An Ocean CameCivil SheperdHesta Prynn2010
At the PartyDying in StereoNorthern State2003
Away AwayCan I Keep This PenNorthern State2008
Better AlreadyCan I Keep This PenNorthern State2008
Bird in the HandThe HandlerHar Mar Superstar2004
Can We Go WrongCan We Go Wrong EPHesta Prynn2010
Close to YouCivil SheperdHesta Prynn2010
Cold WarCan I Keep This PenNorthern State2008
Cowboy ManCan I Keep This PenNorthern State2008
Don't Look DownAll CityNorthern State2005
Dying in StereoDying in StereoNorthern State2003
Fall ApartCan I Keep This PenNorthern State2008
Girls for All SeasonsAll CityNorthern State2005
Good DistanceCan I Keep This PenNorthern State2008
IgniteAll CityNorthern State2005
ILuveItWhenYaCan I Keep This PenNorthern State2008
Last NightAll CityNorthern State2005
Le Coq Aux FollesCan We Go Wrong EPHesta Prynn2010
Mic TesterCan I Keep This PenNorthern State2008
Mother May I?Can I Keep This PenNorthern State2008
MotiveCan We Go Wrong EPHesta Prynn2010
Nice With ItAll CityNorthern State2005
Ooo GirlCan I Keep This PenNorthern State2008
RecallCan We Go Wrong EPHesta Prynn2010
Run off the RoadCan I Keep This PenNorthern State2008
Seven SistersCivil SheperdHesta Prynn2010
Signal FlowDying in StereoNorthern State2003
Siren SongAll CityNorthern State2005
Speaking For MeAll CityNorthern State2005
Style I BringAll CityNorthern State2005
Sucka MofoCan I Keep This PenNorthern State2008
Summer Never EndsAll CityNorthern State2005
The Mans DollarDying in StereoNorthern State2003
The Three AmigasCan I Keep This PenNorthern State2008
Things I'll DoCan I Keep This PenNorthern State2008
Think TwiceAll CityNorthern State2005
Time to RhymeAll CityNorthern State2005
TrinityDying in StereoNorthern State2003
Turn It GoldTurn It GoldHesta Prynn2010
Vicious CycleDying in StereoNorthern State2003
Whoa WhoaCan We Go Wrong EPHesta Prynn2010
You Winding Me UpCan We Go Wrong EPHesta Prynn2010
Bury Your BonesVolcom SoundtrackBaron Ft. Hesta Prynn2013
Beside MyselfWe Could Fall Inlove EPHesta Prynn2012
We Could Fall InloveWe Could Fall Inlove EPHesta Prynn2012
All The Right SpotsWe Could Fall Inlove EPHesta Prynn2012