INTERVIEW: Sabi Speaks on Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Being ‘The Baddest Baby in the Atmosphere’

Ralphie Aversa  —  08/19/2011 — Leave a comment

Last June, Cobra Starship lead singer Gabe Saporta divulged on “The Ralphie Radio Show” that for the band’s last album, Hot Mess, he wanted to work with Sabi. His record label had other plans (read: Leighton Meester).

Sabi, who would eventually link with Cobra for the single, “You Make Me Feel…”says she knew about this… after Saporta also told her the same story.

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“I was like, ‘Word? Nobody told me about anything!’” Sabi responded after Gabe filled her in. The singer, born Jenice Sab-bion Portlock, recently called in to “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “I was just happy that we eventually got to work together, because I was a fan of theirs. I had no idea they even knew I existed.”

But thanks to the Internet, Cobra Starship not only knew she existed, but saw her dance and heard her sing. And thankfully for Sabi, the Cobras aren’t her only famous friends: super-producer Dr. Luke is the executive producer on her debut album. The hit-maker linked Sabi with Britney Spears, and it yielded the track “(Drop Dead) Beautiful” off of Femme Fatale.

“Just watching how hard (Britney) works; there’s always people watching her and stuff like that and she still just does her own thing,” remarked Sabi about what she has admired about Spears after both recording and touring with her. “(She) dedicates herself to working out and sleeping and eating right and getting out there every night and doing this amazing show that’s like, 20 songs or something crazy like that.”

Sabi was also super complimentary of another “Femme Fatale” tour-mate, Nicki Minaj.

“She’s friggen bananas,” responded the singer when I asked about the rapper. “I love watching her show. I literally go and watch Nicki’s show, and then the first half of Britney’s show, because I don’t go on until the middle of the show, every night.”

And when she’s not living the life on tour with two huge stars, Sabi is flying back to Los Angeles to work with Dr. Luke on the rest of her solo LP. She recently released the first single, “Wild Heart.”

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