Southeast London-born rapper ENNY (real name Enitan Adepitan) began turning heads as a music creative ever since releasing “Peng Black Girls,” featuring Amia Brave in October 2020.
Flexing a smoothly confident flow that packs a remarkable level of skill given “Peng Black Girls” is just her third, ENNY makes use of the British slang work “peng,” meaning attractive in the single to celebrate the multi-dimensional beauty of Black women of all shades.
The song was remixed featuring Jorja Smith in December and reached new heights with a follow up COLORS performance. While the pairing made sense because ENNY is signed to Smith’s label FAMM, the remix and the subsequent appearance spurred colorism-related arguments over whether the song’s message was undercut by Smith, who is biracial.
ENNY responded to the dust up on ClubHouse where she explained she had been dismayed by the division created by the song given it was meant to celebrate Black women of all hues.
ENNY followed up on the single in March with “Same Old,” the second track from her as of yet unnamed EP, planned for a mid-summer release. Not one to shy from meaningful topics, the smooth track tackles the impact of Brexit as well as gentrification.
Check out our email exchange with the lovely ENNY below.
Snobette: Enny, you came on to the scene last year in a major way with “Peng Black Girls.’ This year you dropped “Same Old,” a more soulful tune. What are you looking to express in 2021 that you did not in 2020?
ENNY: “I think it’s the same energy for 2021, sharing stories people don’t get to hear; 2021 is about giving the full picture.”
Snobette: The United Kingdom is finally out of lockdown. How did you manage the lack of social interaction?
ENNY: “It’s not been too bad. Weirdly enough, working and living with family has really helped.”
Snobette: What’s the first place you want to visit once travel opens?
ENNY: “At this point anywhere that will have me! But I’ll say Nigeria as I’ve had plans to go back for a while.”
Snobette: As far as fashion goes, how would you describe your style?
ENNY: “For one I love wearing black, but it definitely depends on the season. This winter has been all hoodies and jogging bottoms, but I’m gearing for that spring switch up.”
Snobette: Are there any emerging U.K. designers that should be on our radar?
ENNY: “Abigail Ajobi is someone that I think is very sick. She’s the designer of the trousers I wore for my COLORS feature.”
Snobette: Lastly sneakers. Nike Air Max Day was last month, are you into sneakers? If so what’s your favorite Air Max, and why?
ENNY: “Air Max 95s are my favorite there’s something nostalgic about them that reminds me of being a kid.”
Check out ENNY and Jorja Smith’s performance of “Peng Black Girls Remix” below.