From the Editor: Abby Jasmine, a nineteen-year-old entertainer and recording artist from Staten Island, is the newest rising star to express herself in the form of audio. Aside from the success, she has garnered online and a huge following, Abby Jasmine seems to know how to satisfy both ends of her creativity.
Recently, she opened up for Rico Nasty in Brooklyn at the Knitting Factory. As you’ll learn from the interview, it was her first performing her music. It’s exciting to see how far she goes with her music. You see how far it has taken Cardi B! And Abby Jasmine sounds great on her latest releases, ‘Who Told You’ and ‘Dangerous’. Check both tracks out below and read the interview.
I remember my first time seeing you on the internet was your “me after an edible video.” I immediately thought how hilarious you are. Now, you have 29,000 subscribers on YouTube and tons of views. What made you get into making videos?
I started making videos with my cousins when I was really little. Maybe like 8-9 years old. I was editing videos on my iMac and showing them to my family. Fast forward to high school, during my sophomore year I started making Vines and videos on Twitter. I wasn’t even trying to get lit. I was just doing it because it was fun. I still do it for that reason.
How do you feel about incorporating your comical side and skits into your music?
Sometimes, I care and I want people to take me seriously as an artist and I feel like people don’t or won’t because I’m too goofy sometimes. But at the same time, it’s a big part of who I am and my personality. I’m gonna be goofy for the rest of my life, so there’s no point in hiding it. I like putting lines in my songs that make people go like ‘Ah, haha, this bitch [is] funny!’
How did the alias ‘trap mom’ come about?
I never thought about how I should answer this question until now. It was a nickname my homies gave to me because I got cool with my plugs and used to sit in the trap and make pops for them when everybody would go out. I was the mom of the trap. I don’t wanna say too much.
You recently were brought out in a performance with Rico Nasty. Both of you are apart of the new emergence of female rappers. How does it feel to be apart of this group of talented women who have so much power and influence?
I love Rico. She brought me out for my first performance as an artist. It was dope to see a lot of women at the show too, showing mad support, and love. There are so many talented female artists out right now that are making waves in Hip-Hop. I’ve honestly been doing my own thing. I didn’t even think people grouped me with them, but it’s humbling as fuck and makes me want to do everything the right way.
If you collaborate with one artist who currently makes music and one from a past era of music, who would they be?
Past era, I really fuck with like music from the 60s-70s. My parents are from that era so they raised me on Marvin, Earth Wind and Fire, Kool and the Gang, people like that. I would want to do a song with Rick James b*tchhhhhhh. Get high as hell make some funky shit. As far as someone currently, I love Future. He’s the GOAT. Enough said.
In your songs ‘Who Told You’ and ‘Dangerous’ you cover various topics like love, money, independence, and more. If you could make a song about anything random that would totally catch people off guard, what would it be about?
I would make a whole song about a bacon, egg and cheese.
Through your social media and lyrics, it is clear to see how honest you are with yourself and with your fans. What other values are fundamental to you and your success?
I pray. I speak everything I want into existence. I keep my friends and family close, to keep me level-headed always. They teach me something new every single day. Also, I’m only nineteen, so I also remind myself that I have a whole entire life to live and I can’t be so hard on myself when I make mistakes either. Also, smoke mad weed—420—blaze it.
Where is a dream destination for you to perform? Pick anywhere!
I really want to go to Hawaii. I know it sounds cliché as hell, but I’ve just recently started travelling. Or maybe the UK. I heard it’s lit over there.
On your Instagram, you posted your ‘but did you die tho?’ video as a reminder that even though life can be rough at times, if you’re still alive, the show must go on. Your great sense of humour has been an optimistic outlet to help yourself and others as well. What is your advice to anyone who is dealing with self-doubt and hate from others?
First off, you can’t please everybody, so just be yourself. The right people will love you for who you are and never try to change you. And also, who really gives a fuck what anyone else thinks? They [are] not putting money in your pockets anyway.
Finally, what can we expect in the future from Abby Jasmine?
I have an EP that I’m finishing up, and I’m doing the Smokers Club Festival at the end of April. I’m really excited for that. 2 Chainz finna be there. I love him!