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http://www.irepmag.com - JOSEPH/CEO


1st fathom EP (2007), 2nd nature EP (2008), singles; "NO ACCIDENT ft. DRAG-ON" and "GET IT IN" ON ITUNES NOW.



There’s a clear distinction between hearing someone and actually listening to them. Make no mistake; A.B.Y.S.S. is definitely someone that heads need to listen to. Hailing from Plainfield, NJ, the lyrical dynamo pulls no punches on the mic and is as deep as her name suggests. “The meaning behind the name leads to an acronym, Ask Before You Speak Stupidity,” she explains. “If you know the definition of the word abyss, you know that there’s a depth to it where one couldn’t possibly know about everything it contains. I feel that’s similar to myself because you never know what to expect from me. There’s always a twist, I keep it spontaneous.”

Born in Williamston, NC, A.B.Y.S.S. moved up North to New Jersey with her family as an infant and was introduced to music early on. Blessed with a natural vocal ability, her initial form of creative expression was actually singing. At the age of four she sang Lena Horne’s “Stormy Weather” in a pre-school talent show and immediately fell in love with the art of performing. Her connection to hip-hop would develop a few years later as she began listening to artists like MC Lyte, Queen Latifah and Naughty By Nature. By 1995, A.B.Y.S.S. was penning her own rhymes and going flow for flow with other aspiring rappers in local ciphers. “I’ve loved music since I was a baby but when hip-hop caught my attention, I couldn’t get enough,” she says. “I just listened to different styles—from artists having fun with it to those that spoke their minds and telling real-life stories—and that helped me to mold my own sound.”

As her skill developed, A.B.Y.S.S. realized that rappin’ around the way was fine but her talents needed to be heard by the masses and began hittin’ the studio. In January 2007 she linked up with a local production company and completed a demo, First Fathom, which was followed a few months later by another, 2nd Nature. The femme fatale rapper’s buzz continued to grow that summer when she emerged victorious in a Remy Martin-sponsored rap battle. By September, A.B.Y.S.S. began promoting herself and making the rounds through various artist showcases in the tri-state area. All her hard work started to pay off in 2008. That summer A.B.Y.S.S. made the finals of XXL magazine’s inaugural online rap battle on XXLblocktalk.com, and landed a spot on Vol. 14 of the popular 50 Mics mix CD. The year capped off with a phone call from hip-hop legend DJ Funk Master Flex, informing A.B.Y.S.S. that she had won a single deal with indie powerhouse Koch Records for being the best artist in his annual car show. Appearing in over 2,000 showcases, where she consistently killed the competition, A.B.Y.S.S. has drawn the attention of several high-standing music execs and received increasingly prominent media coverage due to her undeniable love for hip-hop and captivating stage presence. “I feel like, if music is your passion, your life, you have to grind hard no matter if you’re male or female,” she says. “My approach is 100 percent, do it whole-heartedly, or don’t do it at all.”

Managed by Platinum Sound Works Inc., A.B.Y.S.S. continued her industry assault by releasing a slew of singles that highlight her ability to blend potent lyrics with stellar production and catchy melodies. Prime examples being “Get It In,” a raucous street anthem that goes right for the competition’s jugular, and “Ur Mine,” an introspective love story that finds a perfect balance between radio-friendly musings and real hip-hop wordplay. Then there’s the instant classic “Sig’h’n,” where A.B.Y.S.S. shows off her potent pen work with hard-hittin’ rhymes and flexes her vocal chops on the bridge. Complete with a video, the song reveals the many layers there are to this still untapped artist. “I like singing but personally rapping helps me express myself more,” she says. “I incorporate the two here and there for a different feel. I figure if I can, then why not. My voice is very distinct, unlike any other, and I spit simple truth because my persona is fueled by pure star power.”

Slowly but surely, others are starting to see that light. Former Ruff Ryder recording artist Drag-On was so impressed with A.B.Y.S.S. that he hopped on her 2009 breakout single, “No Accident.” The high-octane collaboration is just another step in her world domination. Already spearheading the Save the Femcee Movement, A.B.Y.S.S. is also developing a group called S.U.B.stantial Evidence that is destined to change the game. More than just a pretty face with crazy flow, A.B.Y.S.S. is unlike any artist—male or female—that’s come before her. “I give mad respect to those females who have held it down since day one,” she says. “But there’s a void that still exists, and it’s soon to be filled by the one and only A.B.Y.S.S. I’m in the process of letting the world know who I am and what I have to offer. I am food for thought.” All you have to do is listen to be fed.