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.
Drake’s rolling out new music in celebration of Raptors NBA Championship win
Drake is so hype about the Raptors win you would think he was playing in the NBA Finals himself.
Being the megafan that he is, the hip-hop star is celebrating the team’s sweet victory with some new music –– it’s about time!
Drizzy announced via Instagram live last night that he will be releasing two new tracks scheduled to drop sometime today (June 14). Entitled “Omertá” and the Rick Ross-featured “Money in the Grave,” surprising his followers with an over-the-top caption, “THE CHIP TO THE 6!!!!!!!!!!!!”
The Toronto Raptors ambassador also revealed he’ll be the one designing the rings for the Raptors amid poking fun at Klay Thompson, referring to the time the Warriors SG called him a “bum a**” and saying that he’ll let that incident go.
“Yo Klay, when you’re wakeboarding this summer in your Quiksilver shorts, you know what time it is. When you see me, you better wave — friendly, too,” he teased.
Drake believes, “That dynasty’s over.” “We did what we had to do. Praying for KD, praying for Big Papi, but tonight belongs to Toronto.”
Nora Rothman and Cape Francis release “Fifteen / Feet” just in time for Summer
Earlier this month, singer-songwriter and activist Nora Rothman debuted the first single off her forthcoming EP titled “Nothing New.” The lead single, “strange,” set the tone for the ethereal project that takes influence from folk and soul for a sound Popdust describes as “dream-pop gauziness and 70’s folk motifs.”
Today, ahead of the EP’s July 12th release, Rothman is debuting another cut from the project, this time a collaboration with Cape Francis on “fifteen / feet.”
Produced by Kate Ellwanger (aka DOT) and co-written with Cape Francis, “fifteen / feet” is a song described as “as foreboding as it is wondrous” by Atwood Magazine. The three-minute composition is a lush soundscape of organic instrumentation, driven by guitar and drums, that acts as an ideal foundation to showcase Rothman’s soft vocals and poetic songwriting.
“This EP includes songs from the past five years, like random pages ripped out of a diary,” describes Rothman. “The EP explores newness, nostalgia, and the negative space between them. In the end, it’s really nothing new — we’ve all been here before.”
Lion Babe takes on Center Stage in Atlanta next month
American soul duo consisting of Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman is ramping up for a pint-sized North American tour with a must-attend stop in Atlanta.
Hervey and Goodman are set to play at Center Stage on June 11 ––anticipated to be a sold-out show. The tour announcement comes behind the pair’s newly released second LP, Cosmic Wind, which features appearances from Bilal, Leikeli47, and Raekwon.
You can definitely expect a futuristic set with performances from danceable singles like “The Wave” and “Western World.”
The summer trek kicks of next month, June 5th in Brooklyn, New York and closes out June 25th in Chicago, Illinois.
To purchase tickets for the ATL, click here.
Lion Babe Tour Dates
June 5 – Brooklyn, NY
June 6 – Philadelphia, PA
June 7 – Boston, MA
June 9 – Washington, D.C.
June 11 – Atlanta, GA
June 13 – Houston, TX
June 14 – Austin, TX
June 16 – Dallas, TX
June 18 – Phoenix, AZ
June 19 – Los Angeles, CA
June 21 – San Francisco, CA
June 23 – Seattle, WA
June 25 – Chicago, IL
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