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.
“Heathers”and “Jawbreaker” vibes ooze from The Naked and Famous new video
The Naked and Famous are giving off a dark comedy vibe (think Heathers and Jawbreaker) in a major way with their new music video for their latest song “Bury Us”.
Alisa Xayalith accidentally murders her boyfriend, leading herself to enlist bandmate Thom Powers to help cover up the evidence. Additional chaos ensues all amidst bright colors, perfectly matching the shimmering synth sound of the track.
“Bury Us” is a track off of the duo’s forthcoming album ‘Recover’ which is a full-throttle dosage of the 2010s-era synth pop sound they helped define (remember “Young Blood”?!) mixed with a powerful sentiment of survival, and the very human process of self-preservation — of saving, choosing and celebrating oneself in a world constantly trying to put us down.
See video below:
Haleek Maul drops ‘Get2High’ ahead of forthcoming album ‘Errol’
Brooklyn-born, Barbados-raised rapper Haleek Maul kicks off the new decade with a new single from his forthcoming debut album.
“GET2HIGH” is a sleek, moody banger produced by London’s Sega Bodega that doubles as a cautionary track, with Haleek opining, “whatever you do don’t get too high.” The new track is the fifth and final offering ahead of the release of his forthcoming debut Errol, due February 28th via Lex Records, following “Lucid” featuring Sean Leon, “Halo” featuring Mick Jenkins, “Abyss” featuring Ro Ransom, and “Ceiling Fan.”
Speaking on the album, Haleek says:
“Errol is my debut album, dedicated to my late grandfather. With this project I’m working through a lot of the things I’ve learned since I lost him, as well as speaking on the transformation I’m undergoing as an artist and person.
“Haleek is also gearing up to celebrate the album’s release with a hometown show at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere Zone One on February 27th.
For tickets, click here.
Errol track listing:
1. We Wid It (feat. Jah Koda)
2. Ceiling Fan
3. Relax (feat. Island Levvy)
5. Halo (feat. Mick Jenkins)
6. Pretty Colour
8. Lucid (feat. Sean Leon)
9. DWGWY10. Abyss (feat. Ro Ransom)
11. Name (feat. Fantom Dundeal)
12. Feelings (feat. Aron)
Tops announces new Album ‘I Feel Alive’
After launching their own record label, Musique TOPS, last year, Montreal four-piece TOPS enter the new decade by announcing a new album. I Feel Alive is slated to drop April 3rd via Musique TOPS and is their fourth full-length, following 2017’s Sugar At The Gate. The album also follows singles “Echo of Dawn” and “Seven Minutes” from last year.
TOPS is also sharing the album’s title-track and video. “I Feel Alive” is directed by Mashie Alam and documents the band at a photoshoot, with no shortage of looks and playful bunnies present.
The video arrives ahead of their tour this Spring beginning April 3rd in Las Vegas. They’ll make stops in Austin, Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles, before closing out the run May 4th in San Diego.
Listen and watch “I Feel Alive” above, see upcoming tour dates and album details below.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
4/3 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon* 4/4 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole*
4/5 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar*
4/6 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace*
4/7 – Marfa, TX @ Lost Horse Saloon*
4/9 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk*
4/10 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger*
4/11 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada*
4/13 – Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone Cafe*
4/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West*
4/15 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight*
4/16 – Washington D.C. @ Union Stage*^
4/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s^
4/18 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom*^
4/20 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall*^
4/21 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Rialto#^
4/22 – Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall#^
4/23 – Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx#^
4/24 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle#^
4/25 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club#^
4/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial Theatre#
4/29 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile#
4/30 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge#
5/1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent#
5/2 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre#
5/4 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box#
To purchase tickets, click here.
1. Direct Sunlight 2. I Feel Alive 3. Pirouette 4. Ballads & Sad Movies 5. Colder & Closer 6. Witching Hour 7. Take Down 8. Drowning In Paradise 9. OK Fine Whatever 10. Looking To Remember 11. Too Much
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