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Exclusive: Brianna Perry talks ‘Fortune Cookie’ EP featuring Offset, Gunna & more

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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.

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Jay-Z to Re-Open New York’s Webster Hall

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Just when you thought Jay-Z couldn’t make any more business moves, he pulls out the big guns. The rap mogul is slated to perform the first concert at New York City’s newly renovated Webster Hall. The “B-Sides 2” show will take place on April 26.

The iconic venue owned by BSE Global and Bowery Presents underwent a lengthy 20-month renovation, reportedly adding an elevator among other modern advancements.

Tickets to Jay-Z’s “B-Sides 2” concert at Webster Hall “for Day 1 fans” go on sale on April 19 at 11 a.m. ET. A pre-sale for AMEX cardholders begins April 18 at 10 a.m. ET. Jay-Z held “B-Sides” concerts at New York City’s Terminal 5 in 2015.

Take a look at some of the upcoming show dates below.

Patti Smith on May 1
Sharon Van Etten on May 4
Broken Social Scene on May 16 and 17
MGMT May 22 – 24
Real Estate on June 14
Built to Spill on September 30
October 1
Chris Robinson Brotherhood on October 9

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REVOLT and AT&T partner for the REVOLT Hip Hop Summit

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Revolt and AT&T just announced the launch of the Revolt Hip Hop Summit, expanding the multi-city cultural event inspired by the former Revolt Music Conference to two new markets — Atlanta and Los Angeles — and re-imagining the event to include opportunities for young people to network and develop skills business owners desire.

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AT&T will serve as co-creator and exclusive presenting sponsor of the event, expanding its reach and providing greater access for those seeking to become future leaders.

“Now more than ever we need to own our culture,” Revolt chairman Sean “Diddy” Combs said in a press release. “At the Revolt Hip Hop Summit we will empower young people with sessions on the issues they care about. From entrepreneurship and economic empowerment to social justice, we’ll have the provocative conversations not happening anywhere else. With the support of AT&T, we will provide perspective on music and media that could only come from industry veterans committed to our future.”

The event will take place from July 25-27 in Atlanta and Oct. 24-26 in Los Angeles. In addition to showcasing performances from major and emerging artists, the Summit will be  an immersive experience in the world of Hip Hop and culture, offering young people real-life networking experience and helping them to develop and hone the crucial skills business owners need to grow their companies.

“One of the hardest parts of breaking into any field is building a network and making connections with people that can help inspire dreams into reality,” said AT&T SVP-advertising and creative services Valerie Vargas in a press release. “AT&T is a longstanding champion of mentorship across both business and entertainment and we hope the opportunities stemming from the Revolt Hip Hop Summit help young people find their place.”

Headliners and ticket sales for the Atlanta and LA events will be announced soon. 

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