Female Rapper On The Rise | Abby Jasmine

Author: Angela Fernandez / Photos: Valine Brana
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Abby Jasmine recorded her very first song at the age of 7 and her love of music has progressively intensified since then. The Staten Island rapper is our newest MISSBISH and is no stranger to the music industry. With such a strong focus on women today, she shares with us how she sets herself apart from the rest with her unique sound. We can look out for new music from Abby on an upcoming EP, for now, check out the full interview below...

When did you know that you wanted to pursue a career in music?
I always wanted to pursue music at a really young age. Both my parents are singers but my dad is an engineer/musician. He had a studio in our house from the time I was born, I recorded my first song at 7 years old, it was a rap song about not talking to strangers.

How do you set yourself apart from other female rappers?
Not to sound like a b*tch, I don’t really pay a lot of attention to other female artists just because I want to feel like I’m my own person and I’m not biting off anybody. But every female artist that I’ve heard sounds different so you can’t necessarily categorize everybody together. I’m always trying to find ways to switch it up, as far as flow and melodies. I never want one song to sound similar to any of my others ones. I don’t even think there’s anyone that really sounds like me right now.

You are born and raised in Staten Island, how do your surroundings influence your music?
I moved to Staten Island from the Bronx when I was around 4-5 years old. Living in NYC is a different experience than anywhere else because there are so many different vibes out here. I don’t think my surroundings really influence my music more than the experiences I’ve had in life have. I’m only 19 but I feel like I lived 3 full lifetimes.

Sometimes creatives get into a funk. What motivates you to keep pushing and working hard?
I have great friends and family who always motivate me to do my best all the time, if they're behind me I gotta keep going.

One of your latest singles “Dangerous” is full of raw emotion. Can you share your creative process behind your songs?
I usually just have my engineer run through like 6-7 beats during my sessions or I’ll come already with a specific beat in mind. Most of my songs are done on the spot when I’m just freestyling and everybody tells me it’s fire so I just hop in the booth.

What are your top three albums, past or present?
1. Thinking Out Loud - Young Dolph
2. Invincible - Michael Jackson
3. Channel Orange - Frank ocean

Any upcoming projects we can look forward to?
I’m finishing up my EP that I plan to drop really soon!

What does MISSBISH mean to you and who’s your MISSBISH?
MISSBISH is somebody who’s that b*tch so it’s me, I’m my own MISSBISH.

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