“I'm the whole package,” purrs rising Filipina-American artist K Rizz (aka the “Baddest Cowgirl on the Block”) during our interview. “If you want dinner, I’ll give you the main plate, a side dish and dessert. You want a drink, too? Call ‘Slay Rizz.’” Talking in the third person and brimming with swagger, she's been on a mission to make music since childhood. “Deep down in Slay Rizz’s baby heart, she always knew she wanted to be a pop star. She didn’t know how she’d make it happen, but she knew.”

Stocked with more cowgirl hats and assless chaps than a porno set in Texas, K Rizz has consciously crafted an image that’s simultaneously reflective of "urban cowgirl"-era Madonna as well as the early-aughts nostalgia currently churning through Tumblr. Indeed, she's been embraced by certain segments of the avant net art community (her 2014 music video, "Sabalhe," was premiered by DIS Magazine).

As for her music, the New Yorker's rap-pop sound has a sharper bite than Rihanna and glossier sheen than Gaga, which you can hear on her buzzy tracks like "Imagine" and "Yes Bitch." Her debut album Wanted is slated to drop this spring. We had the chance to catch one of her frenetic performances at Verboten in Williamsburg after spending a night pre-gaming with her crew. Take a look at photos by Rebecca Smeyne and hear K Rizz's thoughts on her Queens upbringing, self-proclaimed "gay spirit" and impressive cowgirl hat collection.

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