Chances are, you may already be familiar with Cookiee Kawaii; her debut track ‘Vibe’ has become a huge viral sensation on Tiktok and propelled her into the limelight. We caught up with the rising New Jersey rapper to talk cookies, Sade and Captain Underpants.

Taking her name from her love for Animé and cookies, Cookiee Kawaii is the Jersey club artist who’s already delivered a bonafide summer anthem with her debut. Working with producer Trillzal, ‘Vibe’ offers searing dancefloor heat with Jersey club rhythms and snapping beats intertwined with dreamy melodicism as Cookiee’s vocals go from velvety, honeyed tones to incisive, rapid-flow. With both of her parents being DJs, Cookiee Kawaii has been cultivating her love for music for from a young age, crafting her own sound from the wealth of different sonic influences she grew up around. An undoubtedly strong debut, we can’t wait to hear more; in the meantime check out the great new animated visualiser for ‘Vibe’ below.

Get to know Cookie Kawaii In Short…

Three words to describe our/my music…

 Energetic, Fun, Eccentric

Favourite instagram account…

@JerseysFinest_973 Is my favourite Instagram account because it blogs Jersey club dance videos. Being as I am a Jersey club artist, it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t love the jersey club dance culture as well. This page posts everything Jersey – from comedy, to other people from different states dancing to the genre, to dancers that are native to Jersey. It’s the best page on IG for jersey club.

The best venue I’ve played…

The best venue I’ve played was SOBs NYC. It was actually my first big performance. The Covid pandemic was just getting its first cases in NYC, so I went masked up & took precautions …. I didn’t want to miss out on an opportunity like this. I killed the stage – the crowd even wanted an encore. Being a perfectionist of course I looked at the things I could’ve done better during my performance; but ultimately in that moment, I really felt like a star.

Earliest song you remember…

The earliest song I can remember is Sade “Sweetest Taboo”. When I was younger my mom‘s bedroom was right next to mine. She is a DJ, so I would hear a variety of different music while trying to go to sleep lol. She didn’t care at all lol; but Sade was an artist she played a lot, and one that I actually didn’t mind falling asleep to.

The worst job I’ve ever had…

The worst job I ever had was when I was a live in help for this older woman. She was very cool & I did learn a lot from her, but she always had a lot of stuff for me to do. I had to cook and clean on call. I was basically her maid. I did everything from dishes to mailing out bills or even taking her mom food to the nursing home. I didn’t have time for myself. At the time I was actually transitioning from being homeless and living out my car, doing the work for her gave me a free place to stay. Anytime she needed something or needed something done I had to do it. The worst part was waking up early to make her breakfast  – I’m glad I don’t have to do that anymore.

The thing I most love to cook is…

My favorite thing that I like to bake is cookies – chocolate chip cookies. I like to use a dough that even after they harden you can reheat them to still get them back to that nice fresh out the oven softness.

My Favourite word…

My favorite Word is “ITE” lol. I’ll probably use “ite” after every statement that needs a stamp after it. I’m sure if you watched a lot of my videos you’ll catch me saying “ite” more than I should!

A book I love…

 I always had a love for Captain Underpants books – from the moment the Scholastic book people came to my school. I couldn’t believe that there was a book that had a comic vibe to it that wasn’t manga. From the moment I started reading, I was instantly hooked. I read several of the series, even down to “Super Diaper Baby.”

Things that cheer me up…

Cold Kool-Aid is one of the things that cheers me up – because who doesn’t like a fresh glass of cold sweet juice! If that doesn’t cheer you up, I think you’re a psychopath. New video games and manga are heaven to a nerd. Anytime I get a new manga or a new video game I instantly get excited. If I’m ever mad at you, get me manga or a video game – and most likely things will be better.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…

My top choice if I could perform anywhere will always be Japan. Or if we can’t travel for a while, I’d pick one of the biggest stadiums in the US. I never went to a concert before so I don’t know stadiums like that, but whatever one is the biggest one that’s where I wanna perform and sell out the whole stadium.

I think you should listen to… 

I think people should listen to TrillzAl he’s a super talented Jersey club producer, and his sample choices and style is very unique. It’s very smooth and he always uses R&B samples or just something that has a little bit more melody compared to the other producers in Jersey. If you haven’t listened to him definitely check them out.

 If I could see anyone play live it would be…

If I could see anybody play live it would definitely be Daft punk, I’ve always had an obsession with daft punk since Interstellar 5555. I feel if I went  to see them play live it would be the most beautiful full circle experience of my life. “Something about us” was the song of my life for a long time.

‘Vibe’ is out now.