At just 24, New Zealand's Parris Goebel can already be called a hip-hop queen. Not only has the choreographer worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Missy Elliott, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and Nicki Minaj, she's also secured three nominations in this year's MTV Video Music Awards for her work on Justin Bieber's "Sorry." It's looking like a solid contender for Video of the Year, along with the 42-minute Bieber tour-de-force PURPOSE: The Movement, which is a breakout in MTV's new long-form video category.
But now Goebel can add another title that takes her beyond her work behind the scenes: that of singer. She's just released her first single "Friday" under the name PARRI$ and it is hot: taking her choreography skills and putting them to work behind what may turn out to be the late summer or back-to-school anthem.
The drum and bass mix by four-time Grammy winner and frequent Kanye West collaborator Anthony Kilhoffer is reminiscent of mid-'90s hip-hop (think Salt N' Pepa's "Shoop"). And its lyrical sass will remind Black Eyed Peas' fans of Fergie's vocals on 2005's unforgettable "My Humps," combined with a touch of Missy Elliott. That said, Goebel's vocal style — like her choreography — is all her own.
In short, this single is made for the club. It's a perfectly named song, perfect to get you through the week and then into the mix once Friday comes around.