YSL Rich Pablo Thinks in Music and Sings in Thoughts

Young Stunna Pablo, or Stuvelli — or just Stunna, by whatever name you call him, his music is certain to help any listener recognize him.

I had a chance to talk to him via FaceTime and ask the Houston artist a couple of questions regarding his background, influence, and future plans.

Tell me a little about your background.

I was born and brought up in Houston, TX, specifically the Southeast/East End area. 

Can you describe the neighborhood? What impact did it have on you and your music?

The barrio. A bit underprivileged but most try to make the best of it. I think it gave me an opportunity to speak on behalf of listeners who come from a similar background.

When did you get into music-making?

Around 13, 14, years old. I started off doing it as a joke. I never took it very seriously at the time.

Who would you say are your biggest musical influences?

I’d say Young Thug, for sure, then Ella Mai, Chris Brown, MC Poze do Rodo. They all contributed to the development of my sound.

How did you come up with your name?

The “YSL” part comes from me being a Thug fan since my youth, but after some time, I decided to start my own brand, “Young Stunna Lane/World,” rather than imitating and being in someone else’s shadow. The “Rich” segment comes from me aspiring to be wealthy, and “Pablo” comes from my real name.

When did you start taking music-making seriously?

I think 2020, maybe late 2019, though my sound was still in its early infancy and wasn’t as developed as it is now. Of course, there’s still plenty more room to grow, but I’d say I’ve definitely come a long way.

Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?

The artists I mentioned before, but I’d also like to work with Tory Lanez and a few Carioca artists like Kevinho.

What kind of student were you back in school?

I almost always had good grades, I also always had a degree of popularity ever since middle school. At every school I attended, almost everyone knew me, and I think that also played a role in the choosing of my current occupations.

What high school did you attend?

Stephen F. Austin.

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