Blink and you might miss it! Music is in all of us. How we dance to it is another. Once we recognize the tune given to us, we might get stunned at the familiar beat! I want to introduce you to Vett Stunna!
Jinel Lovette Abraham a.k.a. Vett Stunna, was born and raised on the west side of Baltimore. Moving around between 1995-2002, Woodlawn became home until she turned 19, and moved back into the city. As a young child, skateboarding was her thing until she broke and arm and stopped for a long period of time picking it back up around age 20. Music began to influence her life around 1990 watching groups like Envouge and SWV. Artists like MC Lyte and Queen Latifah made it easy to bounce to the beat. It wasn’t until 1992 when her mother bought home her first tape; TLCs “Ooooooohhh…On The TLC Tip”. Music began to shape her ideals and her personality. Her vibe is comical, witty, a little bit sarcastic but also laid back. “I can be very goofy but I am also a thinker”, says Stunna. “I think all of these things and translate that into my music”.
Looking back she remembers her first rap was a 24 bar song that she still has in one her books. She remembers rapping it for her sister Aryne (pronounced like Erin) and she loved it, memorized it and even tried to used it to battle against her! Her nephew Xavier is her musical inspiration. “He makes me want more and he makes me want to just be great, for him”, says Stunna. “He thinks the world of me even when I don’t think the world of me, but to see that little face and that smile, what more inspiration do you need to be great”? She also draws inspiration from Aryne, Mikey, my mom, Journi, Kiyah, Jaden, Pati, Africa (my bro-in-law), Wyntress, Tamika, Yolanda, Kory, Harold, Cavy, Audi, Ms. Sharon, Kenny, Cheri’, Mike (Miguel) and G-d!
Blink, the third video in her career and the second one from the ProjectX Project, was a product of many things. The producer Jeremy Downing, a.k.a, Gifted Jerm, sent her the beat Spring of 2013. She wrote to it, recorded it and let it sit for a while. Around that same time she says she felt a shift spiritually, like she was being called higher, plus her mom had been in her ear for some time about eliminating the curse words from her music. Plenty of songs were written without even realizing there wasn’t a curse word, but Blink was really just a reflection of her life at that time. Her latest single called “Let’s Do It” took awhile to write. She was trying not to write “singles”. When she’s ready to start a new project, she just writes and records, then at some point there are 4 or 5 songs recorded. Next comes making a playlist of them in her phone and listening to them, then comes choosing the one that would be the most relatable and put that out as the first single. Let’s Do It is produced by KKay Davis and she knew the beat was special so she really took her time writing to it. Two other songs were written to that beat before getting scrapped for the song the world bounces to today! Next in store for her listeners is her second single “The Dark Side” which is coming in mid-February as well as the video for “Let’s Do It” and more shows and interviews and cool merchandise.
The only similarity she has noticed between herself and other artists local or nationally known is that what they’re doing and what she is doing on this level and it shows her that she’s on the right track. As far as artist here in the DMV, she has noticed a difference in mindset, vision and work ethic. “ I can’t speak for VA and DC, but I truly believe no one in Baltimore, artists wise, out works me”. As far as promotion, music, performance, everything, there are no comparisons. Mainstream doesn’t overlook underground artists. Every mainstream artist we hear and see today were underground at one point. To every underground artist, including myself, it’s just not your turn, but it’s near!
Vett Stunna has a goal with her music and that is to motivate and inspire people all around the world. She wants people to hear her music and her words and know that whatever it is they’re going through, wherever they may find themselves in life, there is a brighter side to life and your dreams can come true if you work hard, have faith and pray. To the young artist that may want to do this, “Don’t do it if it’s not your passion. If you don’t feel like you’d die if you couldn’t make music, this isn’t for you. I say that because on your journey, there will be many obstacles. Your passion will be what keeps you going during those times of doubt. Pray, work hard and have faith and there is no reason your dreams won’t come true.”
There it is Baltimore! Vett Stunna is coming at ya with a new vibe and new feel and new happeings in the Baltimore area! Get ready and don’t Blink….you might miss it!
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