Storytime Visuals | “Stubborn” by RIELL

Recording Artist, RIELL, Releases New Single “Stubborn”

Stubborn by Riell

“Stubborn,” is a toxic warning dressed up in romance and excitement. While the beat is bright, poppy and pretty, the lyrics and meaning are quite dark and sinister.

‘Stubborn’ was inspired after dating someone who threatened to commit suicide if I ever tried to leave him, but refused to get professional help. The relationship itself stemmed from an insecure need to feel needed, and a desire to fix people surrounding me – almost like playing God.  – RIELL

Stream “Stubborn” Now on Major Digital Music Platforms!

Along with the single release, the official music video for “Stubborn” is the first of a five-part story developed by the artist.

Watch Music Video for “Stubborn”

About RIELL
RIELL is an internationally touring and Top 40 charting Dance Pop artist, songwriter, and topliner from Canada. She shares her obsession with raw experience and adventures from around the globe, creating an innovative mix of artists like Halsey, The Weeknd, and Anne Marie. RIELL is set to release her 7-track debut album, PARADISE, which revolves around themes of self-exploration, an obsession with hardship and the impact of perspective on reality. The project was written and developed over a period of two years while touring around the world, coming to fruition in places like England, Costa Rica, India and Canada. Produced by Robbie Townsend, Biometrix and featuring M.I.M.E., the project will be released as a visual album with five full length music videos created in Toronto, ON. PARADISE is set to be released worldwide throughout 2020.

Dance pop artist, RIELL

www.iamriell.com
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Twitter: @iamriell
IG: iamriell 

Music News: Indie Stay Winning | Justin Blazer & Copperline Music Group

Producer & Singer -Songwriter Justine Blazer Inks Publishing Deal with Copperline Music Group (Sync License Division)

We love it when independent artists share their works gaining the attention of major labels, entertainment companies, deals and MORE! Nashville artist, Justine Blazer recently inked a publishing deal with Copperline Music Group! Let’s give a BRASH! congrats to this trailblazing artist.

Justine Blazer and Copperline Music Group

About Copperline Music Group
Copperline Music Group is a fully integrated entertainment company built to meet the needs of today’s artists. Founded in 2016 by Will Edwards and Rusty Harmon, Copperline Music Group brings together experts in artist management, artist development, music production, advertising and marketing, A&R, radio promotions, booking, publishing, content creation and distribution, to create and execute comprehensive artist strategies for the just emerging to the most established artists. With international distribution through The Orchard, CMG’s collective experience provides a home for independent artists looking for a fresh perspective.

www.copperlinemusicgroup.com/

Nashville singer-songwriter, Justin BlazerAbout Justine Blazer
Justine Blazer is a Nashville recording artist, music and vocal producer, audio/mixing engineer songwriter and podcaster. SIn 2019/2020 she has had four (4) #1 hit singles on various independent charts. Over her 10+ years in the music industry as a solo artist, Justine has released seven (7) LP & was the winner of the Ram Trucks Battle of the Bands National competition. She has opened for Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Lee Brice, Lonestar and many more. Justine has had sponsorships and endorsement deals with Chrysler Incorporated, Ram Trucks, Luna Guitars, Ernie ball strings and more. She has charted on the Music Row Top 100 Music Charts, her music videos have been seen on VEVO, GAC, TNN and The Country Network. She was featured on the television show American Super Group with Jennifer Nettles and Elle King on MTV & POP television. Justine has tour over 200 dates a year and performs weekly at her residency in Nashville, TN. Starting music at a young age, she has studied opera, jazz and music theory. She now works as a full time music producer with numerous studios and record labels, doing artist development, songwriting and music production for herself, other artists and sync licensing placement. She also produces a weekly podcast called SONIC FEMALE. Most recently, she was nominated for ‘Music Producer of the Year’ and ‘Country Female Artist of the Year’ for the Josie Music Awards, which is the largest independent and internationally recognized award show. Justine was just recently a presenter at the NAMM show 2020 in Anaheim, California representing RME audio.

www.justineblazer.com
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Twitter: @justineblazer
IG: justineblazer
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Book News: Romance-Suspense Teaser, The Perfect Sin by The Blakk Dahlia

First Encounters Leading to Sin

NYC Author, The Blakk Dahlia Releases Book Teaser for New Release, The Perfect Sin

 

The Perfect Sin book, by The Blakk Dahlia

Adding to the new book series, the Heartbreak Diaries, author The Blakk Dahlia shares a sneak peek into her new release, The Perfect Sin. This new romantic-suspense novel explores a story of the selfish heart. Along with the previous releases, this author explores a forbidden romance from the “heart’s” perspective. The Perfect Sin is a first-hand account of a young woman (Jennifer Steele) falling for a lover who belongs to another woman. In this tale, The Blakk Dahlia explores an unpopular concept of infidelity, forbidden love, and the destruction that may come.

Within the book teaser, the main character details her thoughts and emotions while setting her eyes on a potential love interest. This preview is a sample of The Blakk Dahlia’s writing style and the descriptive innocence finding someone who sparks your interest.

The Perfect Sin by The Blakk Dahlia

Book Teaser: “When Jennifer Saw Darren”
During the first day of work, Kelly introduced me to almost everyone in the office. Administrative staff members, the team, managers from nearby teams, random people on the floor. However, she didn’t introduce me to him. I guess since he worked on a different floor, he wasn’t included in the new girl tour stop.

While heading home for the day, I found him in the downstairs lobby. I didn’t just see him; my eyes experienced his face. Distance sat between us, but through the crowd of people rushing to leave, I knew I wanted him. Brown skin, with a height no less than six feet, fit, low haircut, with a thin mustache leading to a short goatee. Deep dimples on each side of a spellbinding smile exposed with his laughter. He regularly checked a cell phone while listening to random jokes told by Michael and another guy. I was heavily curious to know what made him glow infectiously. If I knew, maybe one day that smile would appear just for me.

My eyes locked on him until he was about to look towards my direction. I lowered my head for a moment to hide the eye-stalking, then once I looked up, he was gone. Jolting my head from left to right, I searched for signs of his whereabouts. No luck.

The Perfect Sin is the fourth release from the Heartbreak Diaries book series. The collection of novellas dive into the stories from love and love lost due to the styles of hearts many may walk (or rush) into choosing a significant other. Rushing to Distraction (The Foolish Heart); Wrong Vengeance (The Toxic Heart); and Devastation or Destiny??? (The Settled Heart) are all stories derived from accounts of The Blakk Dahlia’s own dealings in dating and relationships.

“Although feathers may be ruffled with this story. I wanted to create a book within the series that is real from all angles. Falling for sin can cost you, but what if that sin gives you great hope to love again. And when we choose our feelings over the feelings of a stranger, how do we handle that guilt?” says, The Blakk Dahlia. This story consists of love, chaos, guilt, and realistic stories of what we all have faced going through the ebbs and flows of adulthood.

The Perfect Sin, book by The Blakk Dahlia

The Perfect Sin is Available Now!

About The Perfect Sin
Jennifer helps Darren to realize what he’s been missing. And that’s simply living life. They have no intention of hurting anyone, but it feels too good to let go. Going back and forth about right and wrong, Jennifer soon falls into self-centered ways rationalizing Darren’s affection and love (the sin) as deserving. Pursuing it causes them to break the heart of an innocent bystander, Darren’s wife. The sin comes with a high cost as a result of the broken pieces. Is Jennifer willing to pay? Learn more about this book and the Heartbreak Diaries Book Series at www.TheBlakkDahlia.com.

NYC Author, The Blakk Dahlia (E. Alexcina Brown)

Photo Credit: Joe Miles

About The Blakk Dahlia
The Blakk Dahlia (E. Alexcina Brown), best describes herself as a Creator. The Macon, GA native has released various ventures within the entertainment and fashion industries in front of the camera as an internationally published model as well as behind the scenes. Now residing in New York City, Brown wears many hats showing that creatives can open many doors while inspiring others to take risks in pursuing their dreams. As a writer, she has contributed articles, blogs, stories, etc. for various industries. Striking out on her own, she’s showing her strength beyond entertainment focusing on lifestyle and stories to entertain while healing. The Blakk Dahlia released her first book series, the Heartbreak Diaries, delving into the inner thoughts and routes of heartache. She takes you through the process through her stories, documenting the journey of taking risks in life and self-discovery.

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Updated: March 2, 2020

Relationship, the Story | “Lately” by Deanna Devore

Chicago’s Deanna Devore Releases Neo-Soul Track, “Lately”

Lately by Deanna Devore Following the success of her highly acclaimed EP half and half, Devore is unveiling her new release “Lately”, featuring a mystery vocalist who cannot yet be announced. Thematically the single narrates the insecurity and ups and downs of a relationship, detailing how love can often feel like an emotional rollercoaster until it finally comes to an end. Its mellow grooves and smooth lo-fi beats cook up a mouth-watering release, oozing with seductive melodies and velvety vocals, which highlight the featured singer’s impressive vocal range. Emitting a sensuous flowing cadence, delicately layered harmonies and a pulsating rhythm, “Lately” provides an alluring neo-soul track, showcasing Devore’s unique and fresh production.

Devore’s inspiration sparks from a sonic level – the feeling and emotions that certain chords and melodies provoke. Her songwriting is built around the result and impact it will have on the listener. “Lyrically I delve into the darkness and light of love and life”, reveals Devore. With influences partially rooted in the soul, R&B and jazz field, Devore doesn’t allow any limitations to her sound and her music includes elements of a multitude of genres. It’s this genre-blending sound which has allowed the musician to create music without boundaries.” She shares, “I hope my music can bridge the gap for fans of all genres and be appealing to a variety of people”.

Buy/Stream “Lately” HERE

Chicago recording artist, Deanna DevoreAbout Deanna Devore
Deanna Devore is a Chicago and Toronto based multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer. Her music beautifully blends downtempo electronic beats with organic instrumentation, creating emotionally captivating music that has been resonating with audiences across the globe. Devore’s polished musicianship, modern production techniques and compelling songwriting emanates a maturity and sophistication that spans across downtempo electronic, R&B, neo-soul, jazz and orchestral territories.

Devore has seen success performing to sold-out venues and festivals across the map, such as Summerfest, CMJ, NXNE, and 80/35. She has also had the pleasure of opening for renowned artists including Jamie Cullum, Bonobo and SG Lewis, as well as Raveena, Mother Mother and Yoke Lore. The composer has recently explored more commercial work, where her work can be heard in podcasts, feature films and even a Starbucks ad.

Self-produced and performing all of the instruments on the track herself, Devore wishes to encourage other female artists to take a lead in their music, “I’d love to inspire other songwriters and other female multi instrumentalist/producers. There aren’t many of us out there it seems, so I’d love to inspire more female musicians to self-produce”.

Devore continues to be celebrated for her remarkable musicality and ‘Lately’ is another indication of what to expect in 2020.

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Paying Respect with Soul | “You Know What It Do” by José James

José James Shares Playful Single “You Know What It Do”, No Beginning No End 2 Album Out March 6
World Tour Begins This Month!

You Know What It Do by Jose James

Photo Credit: Janette Beckman

With a beguiling mix of jazz, R&B, pop and soul, singer-songwriter and producer José James shares a playful new single today, “You Know What It Do.” His homage to Prince and the Minneapolis Funk sound he grew up with in the 80s, the track is from his newly announced future soul album, No Beginning No End 2. Coming out March 6 on his own label Rainbow Blonde Records, the record also features the talents of Aloe Blacc (from previous single “Turn Me Up”), Ledisi & Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (from first single “I Need Your Love”), Laura Mvula, Lizz Wright, Erik Truffaz, Hindi Zahra, Taali and more. James is celebrating the release with an international tour this year, as well – tour dates below.

Stream “You Know What It Do” HERE!

José James spent a decade reshaping jazz with the genre-blurring verve of a crate-digging beat guru, before becoming a solo R&B star. In the last couple of years he lived in Bill Withers’ shoes — recording and touring his legendary songbook for the Lean On Me project. Now, the satin-voiced songwriter’s latest is No Beginning No End 2, a sequel to his 2013 album that resurrects the bold eclecticism audiences first fell in love with. After the Bill Withers tour, James recalls:

I wrote a thing on Instagram saying I was thinking about No Beginning No End 2 and people went insane. They wrote thousands of comments about how the first one changed their life. I don’t sit around and think ‘my work is so important’ so that was kinda nice.

Things are a little different this time around. For one, while the prequel was James’ Blue Note debut, this is his first set of new music for his own label/collective Rainbow Blonde Records. Secondly, the album is full of collaborators who are auteurs in their own right: Laura Mvula, Aloe Blacc, Ledisi, Lizz Wright, Erik Truffaz, and Hindi Zahra, to name a few. Thirdly, with the backing of a wildly talented band held down by rhythm sections in Los Angeles and Brooklyn (befitting Rainbow Blonde’s bicoastal status), the songs are warmer and more defined than ever.

Singer-songwriter, producer, Jose James

Photo Credit: Janette Beckman

For James, all of these pieces are related, and speak to a constellation of small but vibrant artist communities in constant communication. “We’re trying to connect the dots on a global level and that’s sort of the whole concept: no beginning, no end, no boundaries,” he said. This extends to his partner in business, songwriting and life, Rainbow Blonde co-founder/artist Taali. James explains: “With Taali, I feel really seen for the first time and that’s powerful. I think that’s what we’re all striving for on an individual and cultural level.”

James goes on to say, “I read an interview with Billie Eilish where she was talking about, ‘I can’t believe people used to think genres existed,'” he laughs. “It’s like, oh man, that’s just so nice. It was such a struggle for my generation, and others before, to kick these doors down of this genre and that, and it’s so beautiful to know there are kids who can’t even think that way.”

Naturally, NBNE2’s players are of a similar philosophical mindset, including: Brett Williams, Kris Bowers, and Takeshi Ohbayashi on keys; Marcus Machado, Alan Hampton, and LP co-producer Brian Bender on guitar; Ben Williams on bass; and Justin Brown and Jamire Williams on drums. James also enlisted Alberto Lopez (of Quetzal) for the sort of Afro-Latin percussion common to so much black music of that era, from Marvin Gaye to Gloria Gaynor — which befits James’ own Angolan-Panamanian roots.

2020 Tour Dates
2/12: Tokyo, JP @ Billboard Live
2/14: Osaka, JP @ Billboard Live
3/21: Denver, CO @ Dazzle Jazz
3/22: Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room
3/25: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
3/27: Washington, DC @ The Hamilton Live
5/7: Evanston, IL @ SPACE
5/8-9: Minneapolis, MN @ Dakota

About Rainbow Blonde
LA-based Rainbow Blonde is an independent record label, multidisciplinary collective, and open-spirited community founded by Talia Billig, Brian Bender and José James on a few simple principles: it’s run by artists for artists, it’s a one-stop shop with a superstar in-house crew, music is culture – not product, and none of this works if you aren’t having fun doing it. Inspired by Janelle Monae’s Wondaland Arts Society, Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder, and Solange’s Saint Heron, Rainbow Blonde is a space allowing artists to be fully creative without feeling inundated by the confines of big business. With an art department including former Blue Note designer Hayden Miller and legendary photographer Janette Beckman, plus in-house producer/engineer Brian Bender, whose credits span both music (Bing & Ruth, KT Tunstall) and film (Lemon, The Mars Generation), the label is doing just that, releasing projects from José James, Ben Williams, Taali, Bright & Guilty and beyond.

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IG: josejamesmusic

Soul Sessions| Sis. EP Release by KIRBY

KIRBY Unveils Highly Anticipated Debut EP Sis.

Memphis-born, Mississippi-raised songstress KIRBY doesn’t want you to hear her music, she wants you to taste it. Like a plate at Sunday dinner, KIRBY’s debut EP Sis. is undeniably satisfactory.

Sis EP by Kirby

Following the release of her lead single “We Don’t Funk”, the EP offers a healthy dose of 70s nostalgia blended seamlessly with the bold female empowerment themes of the new century that especially speak to women of color.

As much as I want all women to love this music, I need women of color to hear it and know certain narratives about us are simply not true… It’s what soul music sounds like when a woman falls in love and doesn’t give up her power. – KIRBY 

The refreshing 7-track Neo-soul project uplifts its listeners with buttery vocals, hypnotizing guitar rhythms, and pulsating basslines. ‘Sis.’ firmly cements KIRBY as an artist in her own right, after years of crafting songs for the other stars of today.

Stream Sis. EP HERE

The decision to focus on her solo music wasn’t an easy one, and it didn’t work out overnight. “I left the mountain top of one career and went to the valley of another,” she explains. “But believe me, I see the mountain ahead. And it’s beautiful.”

Singer/songwriter Kirby

Photo Credit: Courtney Loo & David Karp

KIRBY is the incredibly talented writer behind “FourFiveSeconds” by Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney, “Tell Me You Love Me” by Demi Lovato, “Die With You” by Beyoncé, “Only One” by Kanye West and Paul McCartney, and “Break Your Heart Right Back” by Ariana Grande.
Twitter: @singkirbysing
IG: singkirbysing

Worldwide Drip | Chargin’ 4 Drip Music Video by Lightskin Bobby x Ninja Byrto

Atlanta singer Lightskin Bobby shows us how he’s ‘Chargin 4 Drip’

Atlanta singer Lightskin Bobby joins forces with Ninja Byrto for ‘Chargin 4 Drip” off their ‘Worldwide’ collaboration

Chargin 4 Drip by Lightskin Bobby x Ninja Byro Music Video

Atlanta singer Lightskin Bobby joined forces with fellow Atlantan, rapper Ninja Byrto for the release of their collaboration project Worldwide. With help from Atlanta music influencers DJ Kutt Throat and DJ Hollywood, the two produced a unique 20-track project, which features their fourth single and most recent music video, titled Chargin’ 4 Drip.”

I am a studio junkie that consistently be there every day or every week. I had gotten introduced to Byrto through a friend and we worked together on my song called ‘Worldwide’ that later became a duo project. I like the feature of my song and wanted to keep recording because I didn’t think to do a project. To get 20 songs, we recorded over 100 from January of 2018 to the beginning of 2019. I can’t sit on songs so my idea was to do a project called ‘Worldwide’ because I want to go worldwide. – Lightskin Bobby

Additional songs off Worldwide include the lead single and title track Worldwide,” Get Lit,” and Maybeline.”

Worldwide Album by LightskinBobby x Ninja Byrto - BRASH! Magazine Blog

Stream Worldwide NOW on Major Digital Music Platforms
Amazon Music | Apple Music | Spotify | Tidal | YouTube

About Lightskin Bobby
A singer/songwriter, Breyon “Lightskin Bobby” Sweeting is an Atlanta-based talent working his way from the bottom until he reaches the top. As a child, a became a prodigy around the talent show circuit, winning multiple shows in Georgia and South Carolina, and competing on legendary talent program “Showtime at The Apollo.”

Atlanta singer/songwriter Lightskin Bobby

He’s worked with well-known producer Mr. Hankey, PS On The Track, Ali of Travis Porter, and infamous Atlanta music influencer DJ Kutt Throat.

Earlier this year, Sweeting dropped his “Lightskin Bobby” project, which coincidentally promoted him to switch his professional name from Breyon FPGM to Lightskin Bobby.

Lightskin Bobby garnered solo success from songs like “4bidden Fruit,” “Actions Speak Louder,” and “Undercover Freak.” Before being known as Lightskin Bobby, the singer went BreyonFPMG and was known for his sultry voice and rapper syle.

He released his sophomore project LightskinBobby in 2019 and is currently working on his third solo project for 2020.

IG: lightskinbobby

Hot Visuals! | “In here” by Ruciano x Killah H20 Da Don Music Video

Brooklyn Rapper Ruciano Teams Up with Killah H20 Da Don in New Music Video for, “In here”

Ruciano x Killah H20 Da Don deliverers new visuals for a track titled “In here”. The single is from Ruciano’s forthcoming project, Atlantis The Compilation.

About Ruciano
Ruciano is a Brooklyn native recording artist and 1/3 of the hip hop group, The Chillionaires.

At an early age, he discovered his passion for making rap music. He started to develop his skills by practicing verses over instrumental beats. He cites his influences being Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z, AZ, Nas, Big L, DMX, Styles P, Eminem, and Lil Wayne.

By creating his own thought process, he was able to master his very own formula in his rap artistry. Today, Ruciano brings sporadic bouncy flows, multi-syllable rhyming, metaphors, and catchy hooks. Ruciano’s goal is to have the Hip Hop world to recognize his lyrical ability while building his brand.

Atlantis The Compilation by Ruciano

Stay tuned for more about the upcoming project, Atlantis The Compilation.

IG: ruciano_

The Journey | “DEFY” Music Video by Teraj

R&B/Pop Artist, Teraj Releases Captivating Visual for Single, “DEFY”

DEFY Music Video by Teraj - BRASH! Magazine Blog

“DEFY”, from Teraj’s latest album, DEFY. The album consists of blends in pop, R&B, EDM, and Soul sounds. DEFY the album completes a style originally presented in his first EP, DEFY, Pt. 1 (2018). Written by Teraj, the EP showcases his creative range backing the lyrics with strong vocals.

Recently, Teraj premiered the music visual for the single, “DEFY” displaying the physical and mental journey traveled by the artist. Encouraging us to DEFY the norms and nay-sayers, this artist provides a glimpse into what can happen when you believe in yourself resulting in triumphing over the obstacles.

Directed by Teraj
Production Company: 305Music
Director of Photography: Barry Hoy
Assistant Director of Photography: Latryce Stewart
Edited by: Kevin Martelino for Video Husky

The “DEFY” visual is the first of four music videos set to be released by Teraj! Stay tuned for more!

Stream DEFY NOW!

 

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Twitter: @IAmTeraj
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Music Mondays | Exclusive Interview w/ F.Y.I. Bounze Houze Album

Exclusive Interview with, LA Hip-Hop Artist, F.Y.I. for the New Album Bounze Houze and Short Film

F.Y.I., LA hip-hop artist, self-described “hueman”, lyrics and content that’ll make you think while giving a memorable jam session wherever you are. 

After the Fall ‘18 album release, Herecember 20NOW, F.Y.I. continues his run in dope lyricism with the new project, Bounze Houze, released on Jan  25th. The new album consists of upbeat tracks, motivating movement. This time around, F.Y.I. used his creativity to describe a viewpoint of relationships. Focusing more on a subject matter that was lightly touched in previous projects, F.Y.I. delivers a short film to complement the latest release. The film takes you through the dynamics of how men and women connect and interact taking us on a “sometimes bumpy” ride.

Bounze Houze Album by F.Y.I.

BRASH! was given the opportunity to get exclusive looks and listens to both the new album and short film, which is available with every album or merchandise purchase. 

Check out the interview below with F.Y.I. for more details on Bounze Houze and how the deliverance of the short film: 


As an artist, as long as you live life there is always something to write about and be inspired by. 

hip hop artist F.Y.I

Photo Credit: Jessica Magana of Red Heart Media

BRASH! How would you describe the new album in just three words?
F.Y.I. Eclectic.Hip-Hop.Vibes.

BRASH! What inspired the name Bounze Houze for the new album?
F.Y.I. It’s a nod to the overall sonics of the record.  I wanted only up-tempo tracks to create to. Nothing too slow or laid back.  Only music that cut through and compels people to move, to bounze.

I was inspired to write about that man-woman dynamic and the dramatized fun that ensues when the opposite sexes meet.  It was an opportunity for me to make a record that my female fans and women in general could rock with on a deeper level but still make it hard enough lyric wise where guys could vibe with.

BRASH! What experiences led you to writing and creating the lyrics for the new album?
F.Y.I. The scenarios on the record are inspired by different relationships that I had in the past and some of them are based on true stories from other people close to me.  As an artist, as long as you live life there is always something to write about and be inspired by.

I’m a lyricist; that’s the fun part of making music especially hip-hop. No matter what people say or the narrative that certain artists try to create nowadays; it’s still what it is – hip-hop.

BRASH! You maintain your lyricism along with a different take on the subject matters on this album, was there a challenge in finding balance?
F.Y.I. The challenge comes from creating something that you’re happy with and confident in to display to the world.  That’s always the challenge. Once you conquer that, then everything else falls into place. For Bounze Houze, I was able to dedicate an entire project to subjects that I usually touch on only once on my other projects; that’s the major difference.  I’m a lyricist; that’s the fun part of making music especially hip-hop. No matter what people say or the narrative that certain artists try to create nowadays; it’s still what it is – hip-hop. The difference between me and Chris Brown (just using an example; no shade) is that I rap; he sings.  What makes rap music, rap music – is lyrics, words, poetry, rhyme. Melody can be in there, “vibe” is always a part of making any song, but at the end of the day it’s about lyrics! Saying something. So I wanted to show people on this record that we can talk about women, we can talk about relationships and the music can still be hip-hop at its core; nothing watered down or compromised.

BRASH! How did you develop the concept of having a short film to go along with the album?
F.Y.I. I’ve always wanted to do a short film with my albums since 2014 but this project was the perfect subject matter to execute that vision and bring it to fruition. Praise God.   

F.Y.I.

Photo Credit: Jessica Magana of Red Heart Media

I look at the film as a thank you to those [that are] truly engaged with my artistry at a higher more connected level

BRASH! Throughout the film, it takes you on a journey of a relationship while correlating the songs within the short. Describe the process of developing the film that connects with the album.
F.Y.I. The short film was inspired by the songs on the project, so it was not created until after the entire record was completed.  From the songs, themselves, the script of the film was developed. I always said that a lot of my music is audio literature so the film had a conceptual foundation to go from.  The director, Marlon “Hightop Bully” Womack, came up with the script/treatment for the film and then I came and sprinkled in some flavor based on knowing the overall message and theme of the music to make the story more cohesive.

BRASH! What lessons can be learned through the film and the album?
F.Y.I. That God is faithful and He will see me through a creative process.  That I’m not boxed into one zone, one style or approach to making records or being creative.  This was the most ambitious creative endeavor I had to date. The record constituted a lot of collaboration with other artists and musicians to bring the ideas to life and then the short film was a new adventure for me because it was sharing my ideas through a new creative medium, film.  I also had the idea in mind of exclusivity in the sense that the audience would engage in the process of being proud to pay for exclusive merchandise or purchase the music in order to see this short film. I look at the film as a thank you to those [that are] truly engaged with my artistry at a higher more connected level and want to experience it in more than a snippet of a song on social media or streaming songs. 

BRASH! You tapped into your acting skills in this short film, is this a sign of venturing into the acting world in the near future?
F.Y.I. Thanks! It was fun tapping into a new creative side of me.  And why not, Marvel call me ASAP!

Stream Bounze Houze is NOW on Major Music Streaming Platforms!

BouzeHouze Merch

Exclusive Merchandise Available HERE!

 

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