HHD: You first took an interest in hip hop by watching your older brother write, record, and perform hip hop music. What was the reaction you received from him when you decided to become an emcee?
BR: It’s funny. I would always write little rhymes and go in his room and let him hear them. So he always knew something was there. When I decided to rhyme it wasn’t a thing where he was like “Oh, she cute.” When I first started rhyming I think he was hesitant and was like is this something she’s going to take seriously? After I went to school for music business and stayed in Boston he went off to Morehouse. When he used to come back for the holidays he saw me ciphering and going to the studio. That’s when he was like she’s taking theis serious. He’s been very supportive. At some level he sees me as an equal even though this was something that he did initiate. He accepted the fact that maybe I’m the one that’s gonna carry that torch. He’s very supportive. He has two tracks on my most recent album “Evolutions” actually.
HHD: How would you describe your lyrical and musical style?
BR: When I’m actually sitting down writing, I make an effort to try to get across what I have to say without cursing. I’m very much influenced by what I like to call the golden age of hip hop, 1988, 92, 93, 94, around there. I’ve gotten a lot of people that say you’re a throwback. I’ve been compared to a lot of early pioneers in hip hop which is an honor. I want something that’s gonna be lasting that people are gonna be listening to in 10 years. Besides that I’m playful. I love word play. Maybe that’s what attracted me to hip hop. You know there’s a skill in that. Whenever I sit down to create and to write I make sure I’m 200% in it.
HHD: I see with a lot of your titles you use the words revolution and evolution a lot. You’ve stated you would like for people to hear the evolution of music when listening to you. Why are you so focused on these concepts of revolution and evolution?
BR: Because, you know, hip hop, I feel , is in its adolescence. It’s been around long enough to where it’s trying to figure out who it is, almost like a teenager. As a result that’s where the whole evolution thing comes in. I’m not the sme person I was 10, 15 years ago. I don’t want to be. That’s why I speak so much about evolution in hip hop. It’s not just about change. I feel like we have to grow. We have to grow as artists. We have to figure out a way to support all of us and not just a particular type of hip hop. It’s not just about change. I feel like we have to grow. We have to grow as artists. We have to grow as individuals. We have to grow as a genre. We have to figure out a way to support all of us and not just a particular type of hip hop. Evolution implies adaptation. I’m not sitting here saying hip hop need not be what it is today. I’m saying it’s time for us to adapt to the nature of society as it is today. The revolution is right behind that. Revolution derives from the word revolve. It’s time for us to revolve and evolve. It’s time for the planet of hip hop to turn on its axis so the other side can get some sun. The hip hop that I love was diverse. Nobody sounded the same. It was almost a crime to bite someone’s style. Now it seems like thats all you get — carbon copy after carbon copy.
HHD: What do females need to do to get your attention to be profiled on “She’s So Fresh Fridayz?”
BR: I’m always looking for sisters to profile. You’d be surprised how fast that Friday comes up. I would suggest that they hit me on myspace or on facebook, I’m on both. If they’re on twitter, hit me on twitter. All I ask is that you have some type of background. If you just started rhyming this year you probably don’t have a huge discography. I have to build an article around it so there has to be something there. I’m not here to critique you. My point and purpose is to give you shine that you may not get. There’s somebody out there that’s gone like your music. I’m looking to give shine to the people who their stories may not be getting heard.
HHD: What are you hoping to accomplish with the “She’s So Fresh” Showcase?
BR: Very simple. I want people walking out of my showcase to say to themselves, I really don’t understand, based upon what I just saw, why women in hip hop are not further along. I don’t ever want anyone walking out talking about that’s why. I’m using this showcase to dispell myths, to banish preconceived notions and to give female emcees the opportunity to show what they can do. An MC is a mster of ceremonies. If you are not able to do that as of yet I probably would not put you in my showcase. I think emcees in general need to re-learn how to move the crowd. There’s a craft to it. There’s an art to it. It’s a skill unto itself. I don’t charge nobody to be on my showcase. I think that’s the most bogus thing in the world. That’s ass backwards because artists should be getting paid to perform. I pay the artists. After they do the showcase I promote them on the site. They get lifetime admission to the “She’s So Fresh” Showcase.
HHD: What do you think is needed to push the female emcee to the forefront of hip hop?
BR: A.) It takes money. I don’t have the financial machine behind me that would enable me to do everything I wanted to do. Use the social networks. You need a myspce page because on any given day there’s over 10 million people on myspace. There are a lot of females out there with the gind but they’re not taking the time to invest in their skills. Identify your market. Who do you want listening to your music? Know your business. Go hard. It’s not an overnight story and don’t expect it to be.
HHD: What projects are you working on right now?
BR: “Revolutions” mixtape is something to thank all the people that showed me support this year. The next “She’s So Fresh” Showcase is going to be February 4th. The next one after that is May 6th. I have them planned all the way through next year. I’m doing my shows. I have a show December 5th. I’m trying to go on tour next year.
HHD: What is your definition of a hip hop diva?
BR: A hip hop diva is someone that knows their worth. Diva implies strength and control. Being a hip hop diva is being someone who has put in the time, the effort and believes in themselves and knows themselves and as a result they can’t be bought or sold.
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