SDotBraddy on Quitting College Football for Rap: "Everyone and Their Mother Said I Was a F@#%ing Idiot"
You can't tell Steven Braddy shit. He actually says so on one of his songs, multiple times.
After devoting years of his life to football, Braddy knew his future and heart were no longer in the sport after high school. Instead, Braddy, known as SDotBraddy to Miami rap fans, headed back home from college, after leaving his football team, to finish Innovation. And so far, the gamble has paid off.
Like fellow Miami rappers Prez P and Denzel Curry before him, Braddy gained a boost in notoriety after his video for "Can't Tell Me Shit" was featured on MTV's Get in the Game.
Now, as SDotBraddy adds the finishing touches to his follow-up, the rapper took time out to speak with Crossfade about the delay of Private Sessions, his current relationship with his father, and life without football.
Crossfade: What's caused the delay for Private Sessions?
SDotBraddy: Pretty much just perfection. Mixing and mastering if you want to get specific. Just mixing and mastering; that's all that's left. For the time, I've had some connections that I've made which have also been delaying it too. Because I've had the project done and then I'll go ahead meet someone who fucks with my music and I fuck with their music. And then we'll just go ahead and be like, "Damn, I want to add this to the kit." You know that taste when you have so many good things and you don't know? Yeah, you want to keep going. I think I'll just stop now and cut it off, because it sounded perfect to me.
With other artists they've given the same reason, and I'm always curious as knowing when you have to put an end to it because that search for perfection may never end.
I'm just really excited about the project. I feel like I've done a pretty good job, over time, keeping up my buzz. I feel like, as for me, I feel like I came out of nowhere, like I was just one of those guys where they were like, "Who's this kid out of the Miami scene now?"
The project is coming out good. I've racked up some amazing features. Not so much features, they're more like relationships, friendships, or like a brotherhood with the people that are on my tape.
How's your relationship with your father?
Oh, man. Me and my dad still talk. I know most people who heard Innovation definitely know the relationship with me and my father right now. It's definitely gotten better, but it's definitely not to a point where it was before, and I don't think that it'll ever be to that point again. We're definitely working on it, man. You'll definitely hear more on the tape of how. I definitely touch on the subject a little bit more. I'm not doing this for attention. I'm doing it mostly for people that are in my situation that have gone through what I've gone through. I feel like every child needs that father figure.
Aside from what happened with your father, was there a time when you felt he wasn't a good father towards you?
Oh, naw, naw, naw. He's always been a great father. I would never take that away from him. I just felt like as a husband, towards my mom, he wasn't the best husband. But I would never take away the fatherhood that he's given me. He's given me an amazing fatherhood. I would never take that away from him.
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