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The best kept secret in music

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"The Best Is Yet To Come"

"Anyone who has had their ear to the sreet has heard the buzz on
Brandon D"
- Streetz Magazine


"Soundslam Emerging Artist- Brandon D"

"....Brandon D simply applies his own take to mic grappling......while his rapping style sets him apart from others, the concepts of struggle in his lyrics bring light to the fact that everyone struggles and to struggle is to be human." - www.soundslam.com


"Go Triad, Brandon D: more to do more, more to conquer"

"Listen to his 13-tune recording, and you can't miss his talent. Brandon D is a decent wordsmith whose hot-button topics are all too familiar in hard-core rap. But when he raps about is life and neighborhood around Douglas Park in east Greensboro, NC, he zeroes in on emotions that have made everyone from young bucks to grandmothers pause."
- Jeri Rowe


"Go triad"

Greensboro rapper Brandon D, also known as Brandon Davis, released "Rolling With the Punches" this month and unveiled a 13-track album that seems to be an autobiography of his life growing up in east Greensboro. He teams up with R&B recording artists Anthony Hamilton and Ricco Barrino, among others, to talk about issues — or "punches," as he says — that he has had to deal with throughout his life.

"Rolling With the Punches" is well worth listening to and has more substance than some major-label rap albums. Pick this album up as soon as possible; it will instantly become one of your favorites.

- Christopher lea


Discography

A new mixtape drops every month, and the debut album "Rolling with the Punches" is due to be released early this summer. The first single "Da Kak Joint" took off unexpectedly. Earning the title of a Carolina anthem, and coast to coast airplay.

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Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

With a rapping style all his own Brandon D writes for the beat, switches up his style and comes at every track from a different angle. Though his rapping style sets him apart from others, the concepts of struggle in his lyrics bring light to the fact that everyone struggles and to struggle is to be human.
Born and raised in the urban area surrounding the historical Martin Luther King Street in Greensboro NC, Brandon was a witness to many “life lessons” on the streets including murder and drug abuse. Now 23, Brandon reflects on his earliest memories of being homeless with his grandmother and uncle. “It took me growing older to realize that the place we had been living in…was actually a room in one of the city’s homeless shelters.” As a teenager, he watched his mother work very hard, while seeing entertainers on television flashing money and big cars. Automatically, he felt that if he was a rapper he would make millions of dollars and be able to take his family out of the struggle. During his early years of high school, Brandon rapped simply to entertain himself along with eager friend Thomas Wilson, who had an intense hunger for music with aspirations of solidifying his future career. Thomas died of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. His death inspired Brandon to take his talent more seriously and to pick up the energy his friend had left behind. Soon Brandon began performing at local clubs and became a champion of the local battle-rapping scene. The crowds’ and fans’ reaction along with the support of a group of close friends, NAPS Krew including current business/entertainment manager J. White, fueled a growing fire in Brandon to pursue music professionally. Attending a school that was racially mixed also had an influence on Brandon. “I saw that the white kids’ lives were …laid out for them…but the black kids were left to fend for themselves. Whatever we wanted we had to go out and get it.” This experience made him realize that black people have a long way to go and he decided to set an example that black people from his neighborhood could make it.
Following graduation Brandon moved to Los Angeles with his uncle Eli Davis who was at the time general manager of Soullife Ent./Atlantic. While in LA, Brandon experienced the creation of Sunshine Anderson’s debut album with producer Mike City and Mark Sparks. Being exposed to a professional music setting made Brandon realize that battling was good for the moment, but a long term career in the music industry would take more than battling skills. With this in mind, Brandon returned to the east coast in 2002 and recorded his first song “Da Kak Joint,” which sampled the 1977 Billy Joel hit song “Moving Out (Anthony’s Song).” Business/Entertainment manager J White passed the single to local DJ, Capital J. Only days later following the first spin of the single, Brandon received notice that Elektra Records was interested in his music. Brandon met with CEO Sylvia Rhone and their discussions led to Brandon being signed to Elektra with a single deal. After getting the deal, Brandon was elated while believing he had finally ‘made it,’ and he stopped recording. Soon, however, Brandon realized that Elektra was not going to do anything for him if he didn’t continue to make music and promote himself. Three years passed with little support from Elektra, during which time Brandon developed relationships with DJs, performed at clubs across the east coast, and created a wide span buzz for himself. Brandon and J. White established their own record label “Naps Krew Entertainment” in the beginning of 2005. To date, Brandon has released multiple mixtapes and is preparing for the release of his album in the summer of 2005.
Brandon D is in the game to bring back individualism, and his debut album “Rolling With The Punches” is a step towards his goal. The album, inspired by the setbacks of the early days of Brandon’s career, includes producers Ski Beats (Jay Z’s “Streets is Watching,” “Who You Wit,” and “Dead Presidents”) as well as Fanatic (Lil Kim’s “Crush on You,” Beyonce’s “Speechless,” and music for Michael Jackson) and Needles (Young Buck’s “Let Me In,” Fabolous’s “Y’all Think Y’all Know,” and 50 Cent’s “Piggy Bank”). The first single, “All This Time,” features a cameo with Rico Barrino, talented brother of American Idol Star Fantasia Barrino. This personal single’s purpose was to be a puzzle of Brandon’s life, from birth to present. With tracks like “Dirty Dirty,” Brandon reveals the darker side of the NC streets, while, on the other hand, “Da Kak Joint” portrays the good feelings and entertaining atmosphere of North Carolina. The album also includes Brandon’s emotional journey as he contemplates taking his own life in “Sometimes.” Mixing the different moods of hip hop, the album demonstrates that it is okay to be diverse. “Everybody’s not a murderer, everybody’s not hardcore, there’s nothing wrong with it…if that’s not you, it’s just not you.” Brando