Versoul is an independent alternative hip-hop artist, producer and sound engineer based in Oakland, CA. Born in San Francisco, she grew up as a second generation Asian Latina Pacific Islander American in the golden era of hip hop. She moved homes around often with her single mother as a kid, therefore tunes on the car stereo were always there for the road. Captivated by artists such as Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Eminem, Alicia Keys, Sade and Aaliyah, she was already rapping and freestyling to her family by 8 years old. As a teen now settled in the Peninsula, she learned to play the guitar, compose original songs, and began to build her own recording studio with the stage name Babii Cris. When she was 17 years old, she lost her father to suicide. During this time, she began to reflect on the importance of self-love, sharing positivity and understanding depression.
Her first biggest release “I Was Your Everything” was a remix to Aviation’s “You Were My Everything” that quickly gained the likes of Youtube fans who shared their own stories in the comments. Released 8 years ago, the video has now reached almost 800,000 views. By 2016, she had released her first self produced album Triple Threat and sophomore album Fearless with Japanese producer Junk Nuts. Her music was announced on local newspapers SF Weekly and East Bay Express; her collaboration with Shy’an G “No Reason” was also featured on KQED’s The Bay Bridged. When she was ready to start a new chapter in her music, Versoul was born. In 2018, Versoul ascended with a debut album Soulrise, sponsored by Women’s Audio Mission and on all major music streaming platforms. Upon its release, Versoul grew organic exposure performing live on NBC Bay Area’s Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa, The Filipino Channel University (TFCU), and Underground Hip Hop Blog. Versoul is currently working on a variety of new music with other talented music producers and her fellow bandmates of the Soultones.