Exclusive Interview: Staying Blessed with Baha Bla$t

Updated: Sep 15

Rising LA icon, Baha Bla$t shares a glimpse into her world while releasing a new music video for her single, "BANK THE BANK".

Baha Bla$t dove into the LA underground about two years ago and has fostered a cult following through her music and humorous character. A trash culture star from the get go, Baha Bla$t doesn't have to become anything new. She's genuinely as rare as winning the lotto and she's proud to keep it weird. Who else do you know baptizes their own audience with Mountain Dew?

After releasing previous videos for tracks like "Kool-Aid", it's not surprising that Bla$t stands out as a visionary who's carefully crafted her own image. Her niche fanbase eats it up quicker than a five-layer burrito and "BREAK THE BANK" is just the next chapter to her story. Go ahead indulge yourself, stay trashy, be #bahablessed.

After running across each other at an underground show in LA, we had the opportunity to catch up with Baha Bla$t right before her recent release.

Here's what she had to say:

Q: So you got a new music video coming out on Tuesday?

A: Yeah, it’s called “Break the Bank”.

Q: How long have you been sitting on that for?

A: Probably about two months now. I started going out to Arizona like several months ago and I was filming videos and recording my music out there. I just now got my studio down here in LA, so I haven't been going to Arizona as much, but I filmed it out there. 

Q: Are you initially from LA?

A: I wasn’t born out in LA, but I don’t have any other affiliation with Arizona other than making some friends out there and making connections with my music. 

Q: How do you usually go about making your music videos?

A: Just this new one was out in AZ, but the one before that I shot out in Los Angeles. I had a friend who was a videographer fly in from Denver. It’s all self directed. All the concepts in all of my videos are written out beforehand by me. 

Q: So what’s trash culture to you? 

A: Trash culture to me I guess is similar to punk culture but embodying a little more of the trashy, vapid LA air-headed lifestyle. Ya know, think like punk but more Ke$ha.

Q: Did you ever realize you wanted to be an icon for this scene or was it more natural?

A: Honestly, I think that I’ve always been exactly that kind of person and I didn't have to necessarily know that I wanted to be like a public figure for it or anything. It’s kind of the lifestyle I’ve always lived and I’ve always been kind of proud of it. Ya know what I mean, I’m proud to be like, “oh I’m living boujee, but like I’m broke as fuck” (laughs)

Ya know, you can live that lifestyle and have a good time without being rich. I like bringing that into the rap scene because a lot of rap culture is flexing. So I think it’s fun and light-hearted to flex being like a normal person without a whole lot of money and being able to have fun and be trashy; to be really authentic and who you are. 

Q: Other than music, you’ve been modeling lately. How’d that come about?

A: Yeah, I never really intended on modeling. I just started modeling very informally and then the more I did it and posted it on Instagram, the more underground clothing lines would see that I’ve modeled for other brands and they’d ask me to model for them.

Then it kind of just turned into a side thing where I would say that modeling is one of the things that I do. I never really meant to do it, but I really enjoy doing it. When I first came to LA, my focus was music but I’d say I do a little bit of everything now. 

Q: Do you usually like to market your music on Instagram?

A: I definitely like marketing myself there but overall I really enjoy marketing myself. I like marketing and presenting the character that I want people to see me as, but I’d say that Baha Bla$t isn’t even necessarily the character I’m trying to portray. 

Baha Bla$t is the most exaggerated parts of who I actually am, so I like to be able to play up these things that I really do like about myself or things that I do believe or things that are funny and challenge my audience to understand what my character represents because a lot of it’s rooted in humor and irony.

So yeah, I think it’s fun to market myself a certain way on social media and see how people react to it. The cool thing about Baha Bla$t being pretty authentically me, is that I don’t have to worry about becoming someone else. 

Q: So how’d you originally get involved in LA’s DIY community?

A: Honestly when I first started making music, it was like 2018 and I actually met Lil B. I signed onto Basedworld records and that was like my first taste of music, like I’d never really even made music before that. 

He brought me to a studio and showed me how to make music and that’s where I started my passion for art really, and being different because obviously if the person who introduced me to music was the Based God, then my style of music was going to be weird, wacky and DIY. So yea that kind of set the tone for the type of artist I would become. It was just a really natural thing for me. Coming into LA and being involved in such an against the grain, do it yourself community. 

Q: What was that studio experience like with Lil B?

A: It was amazing. It was like five days in Vallejo and he booked a hotel for me and he’d send a car every morning and bring me into the studio. We’d record like all day and then he’d send me back. It was really professional, I mean it was paid for through the label.