Brash was born in Westerly, Rhode Island in the early 80s. He had the typical childhood that most people have, although many people who knew him during this era remember him being very rambunctious. He was the type of child who would constantly test his limits with his teachers, and often obtained bad grades.
As Scott Summers moved into his high school years, problems began to arise at home. His father had cheated on his mother, causing a large divorce which caused much hostility in his household. When asked, Scott noted that "it was a lot like a bad after school special. I was constantly having to tiptoe around the house."
Although vague about most details about the divorce, one thing is clear. When this situation began in Scott's life, it marked the beginning of both his interest in music and the way he dealt with the world. Other problems just didn't seem to matter to him anymore. He began to enjoy playing the guitar as a way to express himself, yet soon realized that rock music wasn't what he wanted to do.
Scott had discovered Wu-Tang's 36 Chambers while riding the bus home from school. This was about the time where CDs were becoming the prominent way to listen to music, but there was no way to copy them. Scott transferred this over to tape and listened to it over and over again.
He eventually started listening to other hip-hop artists such as Big Daddy Kane, EPMD, Tupac, and Biggie. He also kept on listening to a lot of rock artists such as Rage Against the Machine and Green Day.
Scott moved onto playing drums, but still didn't get the satisfaction that came from the written word. He always wrote poetry and short stories as a way to express himself, yet was very musically oriented. It was inevitable that the two would collide.
Scott entered a hard chapter in his life, where his drug abuse began. With his father completely absent from his life, and his mother being a single parent who worked nights at the local casino, Scott often got himself into trouble.
His drug abuse had begun. He was thrown into a rehabilitation center at the age of 15 for constant run-ins with the law. Especially after a situation in Rhode Island which had landed him in the back of a police car.
Rehab was not a fun experience, but it was where Scott spit his first freestyle. He was put into a halfway house and then moved back in with his soon to be stepfather and mother. As time passed, it turned out that Scott's stepfather wouldn't be marrying his mother after all.
Scott graduated High School and started rolling around his hometown with the wrong crowd again. He moved into a house with a few friends of his in Mystic, Connecticut. Things started on a downward spiral. He partied constantly, which caused him to lose his job. His roommates, whom he used to freestyle with constantly, pulled and armed robbery, causing the house to get raided. Scott was homeless.
He ended up moving in with his manager, since money is still an issue for him. Within just a few months Scott started getting bigger and bigger show offers around the CT area. Within 5months of starting his career he would land a multi record deal with THAZOO Records. (THAZOO.com) Then Brash was born, getting his name for his in your face lyrics. Brash soon after got his chance to tour with platinum artist Method Man, Jurassic 5ive, Gym Class Heroes and U-God.
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(Manchester, CT) Rapper Method Man, of The Wu Tang Clan, will appear live in concert in Harford, ...
(Manchester, CT) Rapper Method Man, of The Wu Tang Clan, will appear live in concert in Harford, Connecticut November 3, 2006 to promote his new album, "4:21...The Day After." The show is expected to draw a huge crowd for the classic rapper, who was one of the first commercial hip hop artists.
The show will be performed at The Webster Theater in Hartford, Connecticut. Opening for Method Man will be New York up-and-coming rapper, Gat Murdah, along with Connecticut native Brash who is also on the bill for the famed "Warped Tour, 2007". Both artists are signed to Connecticut record label, THA ZOO Records.
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Interview With MC Brash
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CCSU student and rapper, MC Brash, sat down with me last week to talk about his label, the Connecticut rap scene and his gig with Method Man at the Webster Theatre. Branded by MySpace as “MC Brash,” his real persona is just plain Brash. Although he has come to accept MC Brash, just as long as you don’t call him McBrash.
Mark Rowan: How long have you been rapping for?
MC Brash: I’ve been freestyling for the past six or seven years of my life, but I’ve only been writing songs for about a year. So I’m amazed on how everything took off so quick.
Mark: How did you get into it? Was it just a music you listened to and then wanted to be a part of it?
Brash: I started listening to hip-hop in 93 or 94. I was listening to corny stuff like Sir Mix-a-Lot and things like that. Then I heard about Cypress Hill and I didn’t instantly start being like, “Yeah, I’m going to do this too.” But I kept listening to it.
Mark: How is it here at Central? Do you enjoy it?
Brash: Yeah, it’s alright. I kind of came here to get out of trouble because back home was like a mess. I was living on my own and I had some roommates that weren’t too cool and they kind of pulled an armed robbery. That was a wake-up call. So I went to school here. I was going to a community college, living half-assed, not doing anything too serious.Mark: You just opened up for Method Man on the third how was that? That had to be huge for you.Brash: That was crazy. It was so intense. There were about 800 people looking at me on stage. I wasn’t really too nervous about it or anything, it was a good time. I was surprised how many people actually knew my lyrics. There were people singing along with me. It kind of blew my mind. Its computers, you know, promoting yourself on the Internet really helps out.
Mark: Did you meet Method Man?
Brash: Briefly. It wasn’t like some huge union. It wasn’t a big deal in his world, but I got to say “hi” real quick. So, it was cool.
Mark: Have you performed with any other big names?
Brash: U-God. I opened up for J5 [Jurassic 5] not too long ago. U-God was here on campus, he came not too long ago. You know the ICP crowd? Some guy called Blaze Ya Dead Homie or something like that, I opened up for him. All those face-painting clown kids were digging it I guess.
Mark: What would be an ideal rapper or even band that you would want to perform with?
Brash: Oh wow, that’s huge. Are we talking underground or more mainstream?
Brash: If it’s more underground something like Jedi Mind Tricks would be an awesome show because those guys are just pure hip-hop. Oh man. I went to one of their shows not too long ago and it was ridiculous. They were playing with Ruggedman. It was a great show. I would love to open up for them or whatever down the line.
Mark: What do you have for plans as far as an album goes?
Brash: Right now, I have a five-track promotional disc that I hand out to people. But I just signed a deal for two albums with THA ZOO Records, which is like the premier record label in Connecticut. We’re starting to do big things; we talked to G-Unit and stuff like that. The plan is to have an album done by next summer. I’m taking a semester hiatus from this to give it a hard push. I want to be able to write two songs a day so I know whatever I put onto this CD that I’m going to get into stores will be something people will want to buy. It’s just not something that’s going to be thrown together. I want to be able to take my time and meditate on this. Launch a career for myself or try to.
Mark: Do you do your own beats?
Brash: I work with a lot of different producers. DJ Dyslexic. Hersh, I don’t know if you know Hersh, he’s a student here at Central also. The Specialist, he’s a label mate of mine I’m going to start working with. I think he’s probably going to be the executive producer for whatever project it is. I don’t even have a name for this album I’m going to make, but soon.
Mark: Do you have any plans for any shows coming up?
Brash: I’m on Warped Tour. I’m not on a huge section of it though. I think they gave me three or four dates. They are going to be my out of state gigs. There is this Cage show I’m trying to get, but I just found out through Manic Productions that there is going to be a rap battle to do it. So I don’t even know if I’m going to get on the bill, but I’m going to go battle.
Mark: When is the battle?
Brash: Sometime in December, I’m not exactly sure. The thing is I’m so sick of battles. Cause every party I go to as soon as people find out I make rap music you get 10,000 kids like, [in whiny voice] “I want to battle you! Come on!” Then it just gets old. I just want to party. I don’t want to concentrate on how whack you are. [laughs] Battling gets old. It’s just recycled punch lines and everybody getting all gassed up. I guess that’s the one thing I don’t really like about hip-hop, but everything else I love.
Mark: Must be a lot of practice though, getting challenged all the time.
Brash: Well on the Internet I was on this letsbeef.com website for a while. I was number 17 out of 3,000 people. That’s not a huge accomplishment or anything. The thing is the way they got their point system setup is that as soon as you win three battles you’re on top forever. So I was like, this is the most pointless thing ever so I just quit.
Mark: Actually, we were speaking about your label before, how did you end up meeting up with those guys?
Brash: I played in a band, well, my buddies they play in a band here on campus called Hillcrest. And I play drums; I’ve been playing drums my whole life. I was trying to get into the music scene here on campus when I first got here and I was networking and trying to meet as many people as I could. I met my buddy Nate and Matt and they were starting up this band and they needed a drummer. So I filled in for that position. They did this Central Idol gig here. I got an e-mail from Adam, who runs THA ZOO Records, and he was curious because I had my rap music up for a while. I guess when he came across it he kind of liked it, but he was a little unsure about it. And then I put together a tight demo and handed it to him a few months later. Now I’m on this label and we’re going to do this album.
Mark: What do you think about the Connecticut rap scene?
Brash: It is so sad right now. There is so many people pretending to be something that they are not and it is sad. People are not happy with being themselves. Suddenly you’re a rapper so you carry a gun, you know what I mean? I’ve seen a lot of people talk, but not walk. It’s sad really, but at the same time there are a lot of real people here. And the fans are dying for a good Connecticut hip-hop scene. It’s not that there aren’t a lot of artists out there that I know and respect a lot, like Matt Ziggs and Joey Batts were doing their thing. Their ZBC thing broke up, they were kind of like a hippy hip-hop type of thing, but it was awesome. It was so good. And then there is Lady Trigga, this Caucasian FemC from Meriden or something. It’s not all bad, but I just really wish it could be better and I think it will be with time. If there is anything I could do about it I would like to work on making it better myself.
Mark: Do you think it’s harder for a rapper in Connecticut to be successful as opposed to New York City?
Brash: Probably. We live in the shadow of New York City. We’re close, but not close enough almost. There’s so much going on there. The thing that’s going on with THA ZOO Records, which is why I went with this label, is it’s in Connecticut. We actually have an artist called Gat Murdah, who is really talented. He is on that gangsta rap level. But he is actually from New York and he has a huge buzz about him going on in the five burrows, but he’s coming out to Connecticut to record his records. So when I found out about Gat and this label was interested in me, it was the clincher. I’m starting to network my way into New York City now. Gigs down there and stuff. I should have mentioned that, but things are going on in New York City soon, which I’m excited about.
Mark: Are you going to try to push to perform at spring weekend when it comes around?
Brash: I will take whatever gig I can possibly get at this point because right now it is exposure, exposure, exposure. So anything that gets put in front of me I will try to take advantage of. So spring weekend definitely. I just love the response I’ve been getting on campus every time I play a gig here. Wait…once. [laughs] But, every gig that I’ve had that’s been related to Central in some way between my own music and the Hillcrest thing has gotten an excellent response.
Mark: Alright, anything else you want to say?
Brash: I’d like to thank my biggest supporter, Jason Perkins.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.