YBSlex is a female rapper from Baltimore. She has always carried a passion for music and by the way she flows you can tell she OWNS IT! Her flow is sick and speaks some real sh*t. She prides herself on showing that you do not have to be from the “hood” to rap hardcore. You can be a hardcore rapper but, still be proper. She beats the stereotypical rapper profile. We at ZealousInk are excited to see what new projects she is working on and how far she will move as an artist.
We discussed the following:
ZI: What do you enjoy most about making music?
What I enjoy most about making music is the fact that I can really express my inner thoughts. Most times I feel that I’m underestimated with my creativity, inner thoughts and my passion all around for music. I have always had experience with music. I have played the cello since I was 14. So I want to incorporate that in some type of way in my music. But from being influenced from people like Beyoncé to Janis Joplin to Sade to many others. I want people to know this is my diary and I’m not afraid to share my secrets.
ZI: What message do you want people to receive through your music?
I want people to receive a message that pretty girls that speak proper can have hood swag too. I was born in Spain. My father was in the military. When my mother moved here I grew up in West Baltimore and I am a product of the Baltimore City School system. I’ve always been “different”. I’ve always been “white girl”. So getting older and networking and people that are just getting to know me, don’t understand that I’ve lived with that stigma my whole life and I know I’m not the only girl.
ZI: If you could collaborate with any musician who would it be?
Can I give my top 5 collabs please? Lol If I could collaborate with these musicians: Kanye West, Mike Will Made It, Future, Meek Mill and David Guetta, life would be amazing.
ZI: What inspires your music?
My pain and lack of space to express my inner thoughts. Today it’s “cool” to be “weird” (whatever that means) lol. But people are attracted to different and the fact that I’m able to have an avenue I can be myself in, I’m all in.
ZI: What would you say is different about your style?
I would say that my sound is different because I sing as well as rap. I can sing in Latin as well and I’m not afraid to cross barriers when remixing things. I’m actually working on a remix to the “Suavamente” club mix. That’s going to be fun. I also dress however I want. I do my makeup how I feel. If I want to wear fur flops and a bomber jacket, if my inner energy enjoys that. I’m doing it..
ZI: What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to creating your sound?
My biggest pet peeve is when I’m recording and I listen back to my voice and certain words I don’t hit with conviction and “feel” like that’s the one. My voice is well received but I’m very sensitive about it. When I speak, I almost sing when I talk so my voice is high pitched. But I have that aggression in me as well. So don’t play with me lol.
ZI: Where do you find yourself in the next 5 years?
In five years, I see myself opening the music scene for Baltimore by opening a very large recording studio. Jay Feddy doesn’t know but he will be managing that studio lol.( That’s my engineer and producer. We both worked closely with Scoota. He moved to Atlanta a month after me and began at Street Execs and the rest was history for us.) When artist come to Baltimore, most times they make their money and they leave. I want people to have a studio home when they come here and actually enjoy my city. I want it to feel almost like my home studio in Atlanta, Street Execs. It feels like home EVERY time I’m there. I also see my boys, my mom and I living in a big beautiful house. They deserve that from me. I also see myself having my own eyelash & makeup line. I was a makeup artist for a very long time and I love fashion so possibly a boutique as well. I also see myself giving back to my city in a major way. West Baltimore is home. “The Avenue” (Pennsylvania Avenue) means a lot to me because of my love for Scoota. I know that’s what he would want me to do and continue what he started.
ZI: What can your fans expect from you later this year, do you have any new projects coming up?
My fans can expect an amazing project from me but also me really honing in on more visuals. I love to bring my words to life. I ask that everyone be patient with me because the gifts I have in store will be memorable.