A certified boss and songstress are what inspired the moniker behind Houston’s newest female artist, “Abostress.” The talented young singer and rapper hails from South Park Houston, and uses her experiences of growing up there to fuel her trap beats and lyrical prowess.
Bayou Beat caught up with the “Top of the World” singer to learn all about her new music and latest collaborations.
BB: Tell me about your latest singles?
A: My newest release “Pop My Shit” just dropped and is available on all major streaming platforms. My previous single “Ride with Me” has become a fan favorite. It has the H-Town slang and the laid-back, chill vibe that is familiar to Houston music lovers. It was produced by A-Wall, who has produced for Trey Songz and other major artists.
BB: What’s the inspiration for your musical sound?
A: I am a country girl at heart. I grew up around horses and trail riders, so that part of my personality is represented in my music. I also incorporate a lot of the original slow swangin’ and bangin’ sound that Houston is known for. I was brought up across the street from the Screwed-Up Records and Tapes Store on Cullen. I saw the tour buses drive up and became inspired and influenced by that at a very young age. I can rap about getting money and popping a** like everybody else, but I want to make music that you can ride, chill and smoke to, like back in the day. That’s who I am and what I want my music to reflect.
BB: Can we expect an album anytime soon?
A: The goal is to get an 8-song EP out this year, hopefully by the spring. I’m focused on finishing all of the videos before putting out the complete EP. This year, I’ve been focused on getting my face out there because last year was about laying the foundation. Now that we have the streets talking, we can give them the EP and then we will focus on the album.
BB: Are you signed to a label or working with any management team?
A: I’m strictly independent at the moment. I paid for everything myself and I even used my own cars and family vehicles in all my videos.
BB: What artists would you like to collab with?
That’s an easy one — Wiz Khalifa, Lil Durk, Summer Walker, Party Next Door, Meagan Thee Stallion, and Bun B.
BB: Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
A: I see myself as more of a businesswoman in the music industry. I do my music for fun and to give people music that gives them good vibes. I’m not trying to be Meagan or Cardi. I love them but I’m happy being an underground artist.
In the future I see myself being more like Kandi from Xscape. I want to be known for my music but I want to be known equally as a businesswoman.
BB: What advice do you have for others who are struggling to follow their dreams?
A: My advice is to change your environment, hustle hard, stay consistent and stay prayed up. Always remember that nothing happens overnight. I was dancing throughout college and would get off work, take care of my kid and go to school at Texas Southern University. No matter what I was doing in the streets, I stayed close to my Faith. I’m a firm believer that you must stay down for the come-up because, in the end, when all of your hard work starts to pay off, it’s what you do with the success that makes you a real “BOSS.” You can do what you gotta’ do to get the money, but respect the money and stay focused so you don’t fall off. You have to stick to the goal.