Tag Archives: Rap

Urban Culture Academy/Felabration

26 Sep

Greetings Fremily,

I hope this meets you well. We’re coming up to the last quarter of 2016 (this year’s been a bit of a mad one) and I’m currently busy preparing for 2017. I’m working on new music (thanks for your patience) and doing a lot of international Hip Hop education work through my company, Student of Life. This year we’ve been across the UK, to the Netherlands and Malaysia to deliver motivational talks, rap performances and interactive writing workshops and this week we hit Germany to deliver a songwriting and poetry workshop to artists and students at the Urban Culture Academy in Cologne, as part of the Urban Africa Festival.

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For all my Afrobeat lovers in the UK, its that time of year we celebrate the godfather, Fela Kuti. I’ll be performing at this year’s Felabration alongside some other awesome artists. Taking place at the Camden Electric Ballroom on OCTOBER 7th. Hope to see you there. Peace and love

BREIS
– Brother Reaching Each Inner Soul

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AKS – Train of Thought EP Review

22 Jul

AKS_TOT_02-1024x6833 years ago AKS’ dropped a classic EP – The Bus Stop EP! Truth Be Told, I’ve been patiently anticipating his sophomore project and am delighted it’s finally here. It picks up where its predecessor left off entitled Train of Thought. Apart from being a one of the UK’s top lyricists, AKS has a knack for choosing great music to flow to. Back like he never left, the EP starts off with the energetic title track, Train of Thought produced by Kefas, co produced by AKS and Self Taught beats. The lyrics here set the mood for the EP and break down AKS’ journey in music. When he begins to croon the line  “look how far I’ve come but there’s still a long way to go”, so many artists will nod their head knowing that this is a predominant feeling when you’ve made mad moves but still have bigger goals to reach. aks-train-of-thought-ep Stay With Me is next up with a soulful soundscape and a barrage of lyrics full of deft wordplay. Real Deal shows off AKS’ vivid lyrical imagery accompanied by one of my favourite vocalists and songwriters, Obenewa. A lot of the EP (including this song) was produced by DemDrums who did an awesome job. Still is full of dope one liners like “I’m trying to feed my people but I don’t do trap”. Talk To Me, has a bass heavy, laid-back groove perfect for AKS’ distinctive flow and voice. He’s always been confident to sing melodic hooks and does a great job here. Who Cares might be my favourite tracks, jazzy and emotive. Coming Home is AKS’ manifesto stating he’s here to stay and do this thing called music. The EP ends with Freedom of Being Free showing his integrity in his approach to music and ends with the words “I am not a product of my environment, my environment is a product of me” BOOM!! Overall I’m really feeling the whole project and like the way he uses the theme of travel to tell his story. In the outro AKS arrives at the airport and is asked how his journey was so far to which he replies “it was delayed, but I’m here now”.  A clever metaphor for the ups and downs many independent artists experience in the UK. Can’t wait to hear how he takes off in full flight from here. Download your copy.

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My trip to Malaysia

26 Nov

Greetings Fremily
I recently had the honour of being one of the featured Speakers of an International Conference on English Language Teaching (ICELT2015) which took place in Malaysia. I spoke on how I use Hip Hop music to engage young people in schools and shared some of my practices with close to 1200 teachers from the South East Asia region. I also had a performance which was dubbed “An Evening With Breis”. People from the conference had to book tickets in advance and before the actual day, tickets had SOLD OUT! I had a sold out show in Malaysia yo, how crazy is that?! The intimate show (of about 200 people) was heart warming. The love and energy in the room was palpable. I performed songs from The Brilliant EP as well as my latest single, The Right Person. Other speakers from the UK included award winning storyteller, Jan Blake. Author/poet and a new friend of mine, Paul Cookson. And the lady who stole my heart, the legendary Valerie Bloom. I must admit I wasn’t sure what to expect being in a very conservative environment and being the only “Hip Hopper” in the midst of Professors and other academics, however people were curious about how Hip Hop could be used within education and were very friendly throughout the conference even before I had my talk. I had some great feedback after my talk, teachers got a lot from what I had to share and it was evident that they all just wanted me to perform more of my songs. Malaysia is such a beautiful place, the people are warm and oh my gosh the food is incredible. I also travelled to Kuala Lumpar on my last day there and met up with some connects. That trip was definitely a game changer for me. Not only did it remind me the importance of what I do as an artist and educator but it also gave me the opportunity to break bread with fellow creatives who’ve been in the game longer than me. The event appeared in a Malaysian publication too, view it here.

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Behind The Music

17 May

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Sometimes it can take a long time for an idea to materialise. My latest single, The Right Person all started 7 years ago with a trip to Nigeria, a conversation with an uncle back in London and a post on Facebook. The feedback from it made me think that this would make a great song and I was right. The Right Person is out NOW on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, GooglePlay you name it. Get your copy today
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Bottom Image by Mikaela W

The Right Person

24 Apr

Currently in Lagos, Nigeria promoting my new single produced by Dr. Frabz entitled, ‘The Right Person’. A fun and upbeat track about finding love with that special someone. Featuring singer songwriter, Ebisan and male vocalist Mide on the chorus. Hope you enjoy it and share it with as many people as possible. #TheRightPerson

The Value of Music

6 Oct

Music-is-art-music-7125109-1024-1024I’ve got this idea about music. Music is art. But music isn’t valued as highly as art. Is it because music isn’t tangible like a painting? Do we value what we see more than what we hear? A musician can put the same time, expertise and effort into a song that a painter puts into a painting but the painting is instantly valued higher. Music has a lot of potential value as opposed to instant value. Lets say it takes me 3 weeks to write, produce *(£250), mix (£250), master (£200) and promote a song (£1000) costing me almost £2000, I then sell the song on iTunes for 79p (and collect 59p from it) The instant value is only 79p, but if it becomes a hit (That’s a big IF) it can produce royalties and gigs that turn it into £10,000 for example. I just realised I don’t know the process that a painter and their painting go through, nevertheless I’ll continue (artists please paint an accurate scenario for us in the comment section). If a painting takes 3 weeks to complete and £300 was spent on materials. Depending on your PR let’s say the painting then goes for £10,000…immediately. With time it could be could be worth hundreds of thousands. Could a song ever be immediately valued more than just 79p? Who’s gonna buy a song for £100? How do we raise the value of music again in an age of free downloads and streaming. One day I’m gonna sell an album for a £1000, I just need a few appreciators to back it and I’m good. I read this article below, we seem to think alike.

http://rapradar.com/2013/10/04/nipsey-hussle-on-releasing-100-album/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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Only Human TEASER

12 Aug

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