The Internet is a very wild place. It’s a lot of noise depending on where you’re looking whether it be for music artists, actual artists for design work, and even creatives that have their hands in so many pots that it seems like they’re involved with everything! This new column “United Nations of Senclaire” is to highlight the wonderful people you may or may not be aware of in your own backyard. We’re going to be talking to people from all over. Seeing how their surroundings either built them up, tore them down, and forged them into the person they are today.
The Internet is a wild place, we’re just here to help you cut through the bullshit.
Round 2 is based around Brian Brown the “artist. simp. nigga. chef boyarneegro.” the Tennessee raised, Atlanta thriving artist that’s ready for the next step in his journey.
Thanks for doing this interview Brian. Now, who exactly is Brian Brown? What’s his story? – Brian Brown is… a kid who’s just trying to figure it out. Learning to keep that balance of never growing up while, at the same time, accept the inevitable responsibilities coming my way. And I also happen to rap. Lol. I am 23, from Nashville, Tennessee. I began rapping around the age of ten but really started to take it a bit more seriously around 17,18. I went to Western Kentucky for a year after I graduated high school. I had an epiphany in one of my classes one day, it was a history class if I remember correctly, that I didn’t want to sit in a desk for the next four years of my life. And now here we are! Lol.
What were some of your earlier memories when you finally took rap seriously? What’d you do? – For me, one of the earlier moments that started to set the tone was high school. The school I attended, Martin Luther King Magnet, was one of the best schools in Tennessee, & in the country, in terms of academics but I never really gave a shit about that. None of the things being taught to me, besides English, never grasped my attention the way it should have. I always felt like, if you had the slightest bit of an idea as to what you want to do in life at an early age, there should be programs or classes that help you get ready for what you may run into or face in certain situations. Those were never granted to me. Also, it felt like school was just a system of sorts. Teachers teach curriculum, student either passes or fails, teacher gets paid no matter what & I wasn’t about to feed into that system/cycle. Huge thank you to the teachers that did give a damn about me however.
Where has the journey of being an artist taken you for 2016? – The journey of being an artist has taken me to a various amount of places, house to house, couch to couch. All for what I believe in & love & I could never down the lows. They make the highs a lot more special. This year alone has been a strange one. Lol. Started the year in Chattanooga but I now currently reside in Atlanta, a move I had in mind for a second but the way I landed in Atlanta was….. interesting, to say the absolute least. It’s been a challenge, trying to keep the faith all the while living such a nomadic lifestyle but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You can sit around & wonder “When is my time coming?” or “First this, now what?” but what good does that do you after a certain point? I always, or at least always try to, think of all the trials & tribulations as tests for something greater. You pass some, you fail some but if you live to see another day & learn from what you’ve just went through & experienced, what’s there to be mad about? And sure, there’s a lot to be mad about, Lil Wayne voice, but shit could ALWAYS, & I mean ALWAYS, be worse.
How’s Atlanta been treating you since you’ve planted your feet in the A? – Atlanta has treated me rather well since I got here. A bit of a faster pace than Nashville & a LOT faster than Chattanooga but a really cool city, nonetheless. A lot of characters, lot of personality, super eclectic. Kind of feels like you’ll never see the same face twice but that’s never a bad thing unless you thought you saw the love of your life at a club or something. Can’t miss out on that but Atlanta is tight.
How’d you decide on what would be the subject matter of your project? – Life kind of decided that for me honestly. lol. throughout the whole process of making it, it’s been a challenge trying to find that balance between accepting adulthood & all of its bullshit while trying to keep that child like optimistic look on life. the whole “still won’t grow up, i’m a grown ass kid” thing. and we’ve all been there & we all can relate. hell, somebody might be going through that same thing with me & i don’t even know it but if i can help provide the soundtrack to get you through it, then i did my job.
To wrap up, what would you tell musicians and artists out there for words of encouragement? – Stay the course, no matter what. it’s gonna be hard, it’s gonna be stressful, but you’re gonna look back at it all one day & be thankful that it happened. take the L’s, turn them into W’s. learn from your mistakes but be sure not to make the same one twice. you’re going to mess up & fail a few times but how you come back from that is what sets you apart from those who wish they had done & those who did it. and, if you’re anything like me, you know which group you’d rather be in. lol