This week on our podcast Monday to Monday, host Mike Boyd sits down with rapper/comedian Abby Jasmine to talk about everything from touring to her newfound affinity for cooking. Boyd and the Staten Island rapper discuss her recent projects, how she involves her fans in her process and her experience working with Cinematic Music Group.
Abby Jasmine Talks Touring with T-Pain and Her Advice For Young Artists
“Consistency is key.”
“I feel like I knew I was gonna do music in life pretty early,” Jasmine tells Boyd, going on to explain the influence of her parents’ musicality on her childhood. Around three years ago, it became clear to Jasmine that she was destined to do something bigger. When Boyd asks her about the moment she felt like she would make music her career, she describes her thought process: “Hm, I kinda hate this 9-5 thing that I’m doing and I hate every job and I keep getting fired, so it must be for a reason.” From there, the rapper signed with Cinematic Music Group, and last year she released two projects, Abbnormal and I Hate You All. She’s also been on two tours, one brief tour with Rico Nasty and then a full tour with headliner T-Pain.
The duo goes on to describe Jasmine’s commitment to encouraging her fans to participate in her creative process. She often asks her fans for input on her work through her social media channels, telling Boyd, “The fans are the most important part of the whole thing. Like, they’re the ones that are listening to the music. So, why not let them pick what they want to hear, what they want to see?”
Boyd follows up by asking about touring, her favorite cities and the biggest difference between her two tours. In traditional Monday to Monday fashion, she also gives the fans some advice: “I think being organized is the biggest key.” Boyd also asks her for general tips for those entering the industry, and Jasmine drops a couple of gems. After elaborating on the importance of social media, Jasmine comes to an overall thesis: “I think that social media’s important. I think that just being confident is important. And I think researching just the industry, in general, is important.”
She closes the interview with some more sage advice on the importance of remaining unique. “Just stay in your lane. Don’t try to compete with anybody, don’t try to do too much, like just do you. And I feel like if it’s meant to work out, it’ll work out.”
If you loved this episode and want to listen to even more Boyd chatting with rappers/producers/managers, make sure to check out last week’s episode, when he sat down with Memphis superstar Key Glock.