A Walk Through Bry’Nt Park
WRITTEN BY PHONZ L. THOMAS | PHOTO CREDIT TARRICE LOVE
After causing frenzy with the release of his mixtape series titled, Porn Star; Hartford, CT ‘Out Hip Hop’ rapper Bry’Nt is laying down the finishing touches on his first ever EP titled, Bry’Nt Park slated for release at the top of 2011. Bry’Nt has been making major moves since he stepped onto the music scene in 2008 also adding actor (Finding Me: The Truth) and model (NO H8 campaign) to his title. The twenty-something Hip Hop artist has had something of almost a cult following for the past two years, that’s comparable with the likes of Lady GaGa in the glory days of her career. Bry’Nt’s movement steams from his openness about his sexual orientation and the way he embraces his fan base through social networking. In a time when many rappers throw sayings like, “no homo” around like currency, Bry’Nt challenges his peers’ lyrical content by crashing all pigeonholes most major label rappers have associated the GLBT community with.
Bry’Nt Park will be the most ‘expected yet unexpected’ sound from Bry’Nt yet. FULL BLAST MAGAZINE had a chance to hear just some of the tracks off the upcoming release, and this project may be the one to catapult Bry’Nt into the mass market. The content of this album is unlike anything ever heard from Bry’Nt before. We had a chance to catch up with Bry’Nt on some down time from his busy schedule to discuss the new project, his continued efforts to fight homophobia and some of his favorite things about the holiday season.
FULL BLAST MAGAZINE: There’s a rumor going around that you have an EP coming out? Tell us more about it.
BRY’NT: Yes, I am working on an EP. The title is Bry’Nt Park. It will be my first musical project with all original music as opposed to my other projects which were mostly made up of mixtape material. The producers that have signed on to work on the project are Ashley Breathe and TV Tony. I have worked with them both in the past and we gel well together. The two of them have a sound that is futuristic but still stays true to the hip-hop, rap, and club music of the past. With this project I wrote a lot about personal experience, so there will be many songs with first person accounts. I’m excited about the album as a whole.
FULL BLAST MAGAZINE: Will your newest single, “Drop Ya Jaws” be on this project?
BRY’NT: “Drop Ya Jaws” will not be on my EP. Solomon (one of the artists featured on the song) sent me the beat and asked if I wanted to record to it. Next thing I knew, we were at Planet of Sound Studios recording it along with Rob B. After we were done, we just decided to give it away as a free download; always showing our fan appreciation and to get them ready for the music to come.
FULL BLAST MAGAZINE: Will Bry’Nt Park contain the same explicit content as your prior music catalog?
BRY’NT: In my opinion, there are certain songs that call for explicit details, others don’t. So, you may hear that on the EP.
FULL BLAST MAGAZINE: How has being an ‘out’ rapper in the music industry been working for you? Have you had to face any adversity from other rap peers because of this?
BRY’NT: Luckily, I haven’t had to face A LOT of adversity being an out gay rapper. Surprisingly, many heterosexual people still embrace me, regardless of my “out” position. But, like I said, I’ve been lucky.
FULL BLAST MAGAZINE: What are your thoughts on the phrases such as “No Homo,” being popularized in Hip Hop these days?
BRY’NT: I think the phrase is facetious. I even use it sometimes. Or sometimes, I’ll say “No hetero.” I was never offended by it.
FULL BLAST MAGAZINE: How do you feel about newcomers such as Lady GaGa and Nicki Minaj who have been taking major stances against homophobia?
BRY’NT: I respect anyone that is against homophobia. Hopefully, more people will follow and embrace homosexuals instead of ostracizing them. Everyone is different, but in the end, we’re all human. We should be treated accordingly.
FULL BLAST MAGAZINE: Speaking of Nicki, we must know – are you ‘Team Nicki’ or ‘Team Kim?’
BRY’NT: I like them both.
FULL BLAST MAGAZINE: Are you a big gift giver during the holidays?
BRY’NT: I don’t know if I will do the “Christmas gift giving” thing. I buy things for people all year long; I don’t wait until the holidays to do so.
FULL BLAST MAGAZINE: What’s something that you love doing the most during the holiday season?
BRY’NT: During the holiday season I love to eat! I think this year I want to try ice skating too. I skate well, but I’ve never done that. It looks fun. I also like to watch holiday movies and drink eggnog by the gallon.
FULL BLAST MAGAZINE: Are there any holiday music favorites that you listen to regularly during this season?
BRY’NT: The only holiday album I own is Mariah Carey’s Marry Christmas II You. I play that one a lot. Other than that I have favorite Christmas songs playlist which includes Paul McCartney, TLC, and Donny Hathaway, just to name a few.
FULL BLAST MAGAZINE: What sort of promotion can we expect to see for the Bry’Nt Park? Will you be touring or doing any in-store signings?
BRY’NT: Usually when my projects come out I try to visit a lot of Pride celebrations and perform and meet fans. That’s usually where I will give out things and perform.
FULL BLAST MAGAZINE: Where can our readers find you these days? Twitter? Facebook?
FULL BLAST MAGAZINE: What are your predictions for 2011?
BRY’NT: Wow, I feel like Nostradamus with that question. What I do know is, in 2011 I see good and groundbreaking things happening in music that will help people get through the negative things that happen in the world.