Rapper Brenton Brown Talks Musical Love Affairs and Free Downloads
Having come back to his native Miami after graduating from the University of Florida, he doesn't let the haters throw him off his quest to be the next big rapper. Signed with new management, he just made a video for his song, "Lemme Know," with Ghostwridah, and it's gotten a lot of blog love.
We talked with him about the struggles of being almost famous as he gets ready to release his debut LP, The Brenton Brown Affair, and we're letting you snag a couple free downloads.
Crossfade: How have things been since you got back to Miami?
Brown: I linked up with new management now. I'm working with New World Music Group and they've been a great help. One of the main things I always said was, if I had a certain amount of money I'd be able to do everything I wanted. Now I can go to management and say, " We want to do this video." Or, "We want to get some studio time." And it doesn't come directly out of my pocket, which gets really daunting after a while.
You've been working on your album the Brenton Brown Affair for a long time. But it's coming out soon?
I don't want to rush it, though. But I really want to release it in March. Right now, we're doing the last features and putting the finishing touches on a lot of things. Making sure that whenever people listen, it's 100 percent the best quality, best sounding music that they've heard in a while.
It's not just like a half-assed mixtape. We've put a lot of work into it. I've seen a lot of artists put out a lot of half-assed mixtapes. I want to be sure people know that I have a story to tell.
It's called the Brenton Brown Affair because it's supposed to be your introduction to the world.
Yeah. That and the fact that it's my affair with different styles, different genres, different sounds, different everything. I'm a hip-hop artist. But I'm having an affair with different types of music.
So what are some things we'll learn about Brenton Brown from the album?
One of the main things I've been trying to do is talk more and give people more insight into what I'm doing -- life after college, life in college, the things that I've learned from the things that I've went through. People didn't really believe that I'm doing this thing. And everybody kind of thought it was a joke. But now that things are starting to take off, y'know. It's a cliché story. But it's so true.