We had the good fortune of connecting with BabiBoi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi BabiBoi, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
It can be incredibly hard for an independent artist to manage both their artistry as well as their day-to-day life. It’s become even harder since quarantine to find ways to stay inspired while dealing with the pressing times. These days, I find that it’s best for me to work at my own pace and let the creative process flow organically. A lot of times when I try to rush or force myself to produce content it compromises the quality of what I’m working on. I’ve just recently got to a position where I’m ready to start focusing on my music again with new experiences and more things to talk about.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My name is BabiBoi, and I am a rapper from San Antonio that is currently based in Austin, TX. My music revolves around my experience as a queer person that is not afraid to stand in my own truth. Although it was not easy, I got to where I am today by constantly pushing myself to go further while also staying true to who I am as an artist and as a human. I’ve learned that nothing comes to those who wait and I want the world to know that if there’s someone you need to be checking for, it’s me!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There’s a lot of things that I love about living in Austin. I think what I enjoy the most is the amount of Queer art and live performance that the city has to offer. I would suggest Coconut Club, Cheer Up Charlies, Elysium or any event/party being thrown by P1nkstar and Y2K, Sister Fisters, Unbounded, Thee Gay Agenda, or of course by my own family, The House of Lepore. There’s so many amazing organizations and event coordinators that are constantly hosting things for the community.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I obviously have to credit much of my success to my family, The House of Lepore. “H.O.L” is a Queer-collective based in San Antonio that adopted me in Summer of 2018. My sisters, Shayla Shimmy, Gilbert Votion, and Melody Mala as well as my Mother, Natalie “Girl6” Sanders have been the best support system ever. We are constantly collaborating and helping each other grow as artists and as people and I would not have achieved what I have today without their help.
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