Brianna Perry released her debut album, dubbed Fortune Cookie after teasing the body of work for the last few months. The anticipated project features 16 tracks with likes of Offset, BlocBoy JB, Gunna, Hood Brat, Ball Greazy and more. The stakes were high but the 26-year-old delivered a noteworthy project.
Ndlyss spoke exclusively with Perry to discuss the creative direction behind the EP, the track listing, and her thoughts on the disconnect among women in hip-hop.
Check out the interview below.
What does the album’s title reveal, if anything, about the album’s impact and theme?
With fortune cookies, everyone gets a different message when they open them up. I felt like with my project, when people press play they will get a message depending on where they’re at in their life.
Did this album grab you on first hearing, or did it need repeated listening before you started enjoying it?
My album has been wrapped up so I didn’t listen to it. When I did finally press play I wanted to have that first feel. It gave me that same exact rush that I had when I first recorded it. I am very pleased and very proud of myself.
Do you detect any clear purpose in the way the album is structured? Is there a sense of progression or grouping? Or does it seem more like a string of stand-alone tracks?
I feel like it’s progressive. When it came down to the track listing I just did what felt right with this project and let everything flow. I didn’t put much pressure on it. I wanted it to be as free and fun as possible.
Does the whole album fit into a particular musical genre, or does it borrow from multiple forms?
I don’t want to limit it and just put it in the hip-hop box. I do feel overall it is a hip-hop album but I feel like people who appreciate good music no matter the genre will appreciate Fortune Cookie.
Were you affected emotionally by the music? Can you identify particular moments when this happened? Did these moments reflect or coincide with intensity in the lyrics?
I do have those moments when I’m listening. The whole album puts me in a vulnerable place. I say things out loud that I would normally just keep to myself. I feel like with this project there were no barriers. When I open the project up with “PMS,” I’m admitting that I might not be people’s top five but I will be before I leave this earth or when I’m talking about my mom almost having an abortion with me. I do have moments when I’m all the way open.
You decided to name the project Fortune Cookie because it represents the various messages people receive when they open them. What is one
surprising fact about you that your fans would never guess?
I don’t think people really know that I’m into real estate in the South Florida area. I think that’s an element that would really throw them off. I got into real estate about two years ago. I felt like it was a lucrative path, and I’m all about ownership.
You penned, “I’m the Sean Carter of my city” on the track Love Drugs, Etc. Jay Z receives a lot of love from his hometown, what has been the response to your success from yours?
I feel like I receive a lot of genuine love from my hometown. I love where I’m from. Shout out to Miami! I do it for where I’m from. I like to be that voice and feel like I bring a twist to the Miami sound. I take pride in that.
How was your experience recording Monkey Business with Offset?
We actually didn’t record at the studio at the same time but I worked in the studio with Gunna. I’m such a Gunna fan. He’s really dope and I love the fun that he brings to what’s going on right now. He killed it. It was like a party in the studio.
What are your thoughts on the current disconnect among female rappers?
I’m blessed enough to know a few secure women who are in hip-hop and don’t might sharing their light and love. They like to see other women prosper and progress. I salute women like Trina who will do it without a doubt. If she believes in something then she’s going to support it. The cast of “Sisterhood of Hip-Hop” still supports me. We as women have to be secure in who we are because I think it becomes easier to be happy for someone else.
Rema drops Afrobeat track dedicated to women around the globe
For the third week in a row, Rema is set to release “anotha banga.” Dropping on Mavin Records/Jonzing World, “Woman” is a song that expresses his appreciation and admiration for all females.
Recently crowned Apple Music’s Up Next artist – previously awarded to Billie Eilish, Khalid & H.E.R – Afropop’s prince Rema has now released a trio of singles throughout June and July. He kicked things off with “Ginger Me,” a song created in a late-night studio session in London with UK producer The Elements. Quickly followed by trap-influenced track “Alien” which took us on a trippy journey through the mind of a young heartbreaker.
Crediting his parents for introducing him to Fela Kuti & 2Face, Rema draws influences far beyond West Africa with Bollywood, Trap, Afrobeats, and Pop all becoming part of his trademark sound. With co-signs from the likes of Drake, Barack Obama and now Rihanna, Rema is on his way for a global takeover.
Stream “Woman” via Spotify below.
La Doña releases debut EP ‘Algo Nuevo’
Latina artist La Doña has officially released her debut Algo Nuevo EP via Human Re-Sources. Produced heavily by Doña herself, the EP includes previously-released singles “Quién Me La Paga” (“Whose Going To Pay For It?” in English), an infectious cumbia-led track that denounces life’s ever-increasing expenses, and the self-coined “femmeton” anthem “Le Lo Lai,” which reverts the machismo paradigm so prevalent in reggaeton and hip-hop.
Speaking on the EP, La Doña says: “Algo nuevo is a gift of something new; it is a statement about the versatility of musical forms and diasporic rhythms; it is a marriage of the traditional with the contemporary; it is an offering and a statement to la raza, the boss girls, las malas, the non-binary and queer homies, ‘I see you, I am you, and I made this for you.'”
The EP is a fruitful and masterful collage of La Doña’s world. The artist composes songs influenced heavily by Bay Area hyphy styles, lowrider culture, Mission muralismo, and musica de la (U.S./Mexico) frontera, while exploring radical brown femininity alongside love and pain.
Algo Nuevo also arrives alongside La Doña’s release show at The Chapel in San Francisco tonight where she’ll be joined by Sazon Libre, Chulita Vinyl Club, and Mariachi Juvenil La Misión.
After touring North America in support of Cuco, opening for legendary Mexican rock group Café Tacvba, and being named one of YouTube Music’s Foundry artists with past alumni including Rosalía, Dua Lipa, Chloe X Halle, and Gunna, La Doña is entering 2020 in full force.
Listen to the Algo Nuevo EP, here
Roddy Ricch’s Video Release for ‘The Box’ made the #1 Song in the Country even Hotter
Roddy Ricch has officially dropped the highly anticipated music video for “The Box” on Friday.
The Compton rapper premiered the impressive self-directed visual for “The Box” and there are several boxes scattered implanted in the clip, making the theme cohesive throughout the video.
“The Box” is the chart-topping song featured on Ricch’s debut studio album Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, and has held the top spot on the Billboard charts for over five consecutive weeks.
In the video, Ricch is seeing scaling buildings, winning car races, lounging in the pool, slam-dunking basketballs and more. It concludes with him in a box factor and ultimately on display in a museum.
Ricch has made major plays this year with his win for Best Rap Performance at the 2020 Grammys for “Racks in the Middle with the late Nipsey Hussle. The Young emcee is currently on the second leg of his first headlining tour with shows coming up in Miami, Washington, D.C., and London.
Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial released Dec. 6. You can stream Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial below via Spotify and grab it on iTunes.
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