Bronx rapper Brandon Rose has returned with a new EP, Street Scholar, released July 7th. The 7 track EP is confident and personal – showing exactly who Brandon Rose truly is. He reminisces about his past and how he survived the obstacles to accomplish more for himself. The EP follows themes of Bronx culture, understanding the street life, and trying to keep a relationship between his origins, and the success he has found in music.
The EP also includes collaborations on tracks with Lo. Ramone and Re$T. The first single to be released is “You Ain’t Know” which best exudes the confidence Brandon Rose has in his artistry – music is his passion and he pushes the limits to achieve success.
We had the opportunity to catch up with the artist to talk music, inspiration and what’s on his playlist.
Kat: Can you talk about the inspiration behind your new EP Street Scholar ?
BR: In my last year as a graduate student at New York University, I was inspired me to create a project that represents who I truly am as a person. I’ve developed a new identity as an individual in the corporate world, but I’ll always remember where I came from. This project explains the lessons I learned from the street, as they’ll be taken with me no matter where I go. After graduation, I decided to release the “Street Scholar” EP to show people that it doesn’t matter where you’re from, it matters where you’re
Kat: What is your songwriting process like?
BR: Whenever I write a song I like to be one with the music. I first play the instrumental to catch a vibe, and once I get in the zone I start free-styling different flows to see which pattern and formula works best. Once I find a certain flow and approach, I start writing down lyrics to match that pattern. I take a lot of pride in my writing, as I’m considered to be more of a lyricist. I would than write a couple of rough drafts (I literally have notebooks of rhymes, along with written songs that have a million cross-outs all over the
pages). The writing process usually doesn’t take too long if I really like the music within the instrumental, and I feel that songwriting should really be organic when writing from the heart.
Kat: Have you ever been given any advice, or do you have any advice for emerging artists, looking to forge a path or have a career in the entertainment industry?
BR: The people I surround myself with have given me plenty of advice, as they always tell me to remain true to myself and to make sure the content I put out is honest with myself. People resonate with authenticity, so I make sure to always remain true to myself at all times. The best advice I can give to upcoming artists is to always be original, and everything else will flow from there.
Kat: Could you talk a little bit on your musical idols or role models?
BR: My music idols and role models have played an enormous part in my inspiration towards making music. It was something about the sound of certain artists that I really liked growing up. The music always put me in a really good mood, and music has gotten me through a lot of good and bad times in my life. Some of my idols include but are not limited to: 50 Cent, Eminem, Drake, J.Cole, Meek Mill and Jadakiss. It was something about their music that spoke to me, as I felt a connection with the lifestyle and lyrics they portrayed. Each of these artists transformed the culture, as their impact will last forever in the Hip-Hop.
Kat: What’s on your playlist?
BR: My playlist is very diverse. I listen to a lot of 90’s hip-hop rap. I really enjoy listening to The Lox, G-Unit, Eminem, Drake, J.Cole and Meek Mill. It’s really a good blend of 90’s hip-hop along with today’s music. I try to listen to all artists, as it’s important to stay on top of the way music evolves and develops over the years.
For more on Brandon Rose, visit: https://www.facebook.com/brandonrosemusicpage