What was the first song or video that you saw that made you think about joining the rap game?
“Feelin’ It” by Jay-Z. It’s my all-time favorite song, period. The laid-back beat coupled with rhymes about a better life, showed me a hungry musician ready to take the world over. In 96, at the age of eight, that’s track was crazy influential to me, I wanted to be Jay-Z.
What was the first song that you released to the public and how many downloads did you get?
Haha, actually, the first song I released wasn’t even a solo venture, it was a track my homies from UF and I did called “Gator Stomp.” For some reason we thought we’d blow up faster doing themed music *sigh.* Fortunately, it played out very well for us and we won a school contest with it and ended up performing in front of 50,000 people in the football stadium during the Gator Growl Pep rally.
But officially, the first song I released to the public was a joint called “The College Life” of of my mixtape called The Hangover. It was during 2008 when I was going by the alias Boogs Milli. That track actually took off. To this day, my old myspace page gives a rough estimate of the numbers I did. The Zshare tally was in the hundreds of thousands.
What makes your music different from any other artist that is in the game?
If you could receive that phone call that you were signed, what label would you hope was on the other end of that phone call?
I’ve gotta say Roc Nation because my one of my dreams is to work with Jay-Z but to be really honest, I like how things are done over at Rostrum Records. When it comes to their artists they seem to go all out for them, I mean, look at Wiz and Mac Miller. G.O.O.D. Music and Interscope are also a good look as well.
What is the latest project you are working on?
Right now, I’m working on a mixtape which should and could very well be an album called The Brenton Brown Affair. I’ve got some crazy features on this one can’t really drop too many names on record, because it’ll ruin the surprise, but I’m working almost exclusively with and upcoming producer named Skitzo (The R.E.G.I.M.E.) who’s produced a majority of the music on the project. We’ve played around with different styles and If you’ve heard Lemme Know, you have an idea of what to expect… Good music!
How many singles have been released, what’s the titles and when can we look forward to your project dropping?
Hmm, from TBBA, I’ve released two joints including “Lemme Know” (feat. GhostWridah), and “We On Mars” (feat. Gotham Green). Honestly, I’m not really setting an official date, but I am hoping to be ready by November. Projects like J. Cole’s Friday Night Lights, Fly Union’s The Greater Than Club and Childish Gambino’s Culdesac have set high bars for me, so I want to make sure I either reach them or top them, competitively speaking.
When you are not being an emcee and you are just another hip hop fan, what are the top three artists that you listen to and what makes those artists make your top 3?
In no particular order:
J. Cole: The energy he emits on a track is inspiring and the fact that he, like me, is a college graduate making his mark on the music world, is dope. Tracks like “Royal Flush”, “See World”, ‘”Dreams”, “Grown Simba” and “Cole World” play in my iPod all day.
Jay-Z: A musical father figure is the best way I know to describe Mr. Carter. 20 years in the game and he’s still exceeding expectations, that’s talent, determination and smarts; the three things I value most in anyone shooting for a dream.
Lupe Fiasco: A true believer in his own mission, putting out solid music while still talking that real ish. Conspiracy theorist or not, you can’t tell me that “Words I Never Said”, “Kick, Push”, and “Hip Hop Saved My Life” aren’t some extra ill tracks.
Drake, Childish Gambino, Nas, Outkast, Rakim, Kanye and Kendrick Lamar round out the other seven, in case you were wondering.
Who has helped you to get to the point you are at as far as your team who surrounds you?
Damn, I’d say the homies from The R.E.G.I.M.E., my dude Sean Stanney, Dj Codeman, Dj Brucki, my current manager Franco Russo, my investor and if I forgot anyone my bad. (sorry for sounding like I’m accepting a VMA)
Any shout outs that you would like to make?
Mos Def, shouts to my unwavering supporter Jenna O, for keeping me motivated and never gassing me up.A Friend named Kady Malone who recently hit me up with a positive message that will always stick with me.
My brothers for putting me on to XXL Magazines and The Source at an early age when I was too occupying myself with cartoons.And anyone and everyone who supported me or secretly thought I wasn’t serious about pursuing this dream of mine.
How might people be able to contact you on Facebook and Twitter and where can they get your music at?
Yeah, Holla at me on Twitter @TheKidBBrown and peep my music at http://akidnamedb.com .
To end it, is there anything that you would like to tell the people to help further expand your fan base?
Support is key. I’m making music that reflects who I am, my dreams and my struggles. The coincidence is, these songs that I write are as much for you as they are for me. I hope that I can inspire others in my journey to the top. Rock with me!
Download Brenton Brown’s latest single ” Lemme Know” featuring GhostWridah right here http://hulkshare.com/i39of7r8docb