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brandUn DeShay

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF
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"brandUn DeShay – All Day DeShay AM [Album Review]"

For a moment, or rather from this day forth, let your mind forget about this man’s association with the OFWGKTA camp or whatever “beef” that may have ensued. None of that is pertinent at all; to either partys’ music, to hip-hop and most importantly, yourself. brandUn DeShays’ debut album can’t be measured by the kind of pithy quid pro quo you would find on the album of a bitter artist. He has no reason to be bitter. Nor is it some magnanimous, self-abasing metaphorical white flag. He has no reason to apologize. Simply put, he’s back and it’s like he never left, but really, did he ever leave? The answer to that is a resounding “No!”

It has been a year and a half since DeShay dropped his anomalous Volume: Three! To Get Ready mixtape. With the exception of a few, in fact a very few, notable production credits in the last year not a lot has been heard from the up and comer. Leaving listeners to wonder if he had something brewing in his own musical cauldron, or if he was lost in a cave somewhere buggin’ out with Smeagle. Thank God it was the former.

All Day DeShay AM couldn’t have a more fitting title. While many listeners may think to hear something new within the content of his lyrics after such a hiatus, he really doesn’t offer much more than he did on his last mix tape, but this isn’t a bad thing. Make no mistake, his flow and wordplay have certainly grown and, as always, the production is superb. Swagger is definitely an element of DeShay’s music, but what separates him from that lexicon of braggadocios emcees is his humility. For that characteristic alone this body of work is, for lack of a better phrase, “a breath of fresh air”.

From start to finish, the central theme and message throughout screams perseverance. On the intro track “Shay loves to ball”, brandUn wraps up his verse by saying, “New Collab, but this is far from a game, you can’t win, you can’t lose , you can only remain. I give thanks to all the cat’s like Hov that’s still in it, giving me a harder record to break, I’m gone win it.” Here, not only has he acknowledged that his goals are still a work in progress, but he also pays homage to those that set a new standard for hip-hop and thanks them for giving him something more to work towards.

DeShay recruits the talents of fellow Chicago native Rockie Fresh on the track “They Notice”, a mellow, jazzed out head nodder.

Stream Only: brandUn DeShay – They Notice (starring Rockie Fresh)

A recurring theme in DeShay’s work are the interlude’s. A reflection of his own apprehensions, these segues serve as interesting and refreshing food for thought. On “Now! OVA”, DeShay cites the renown author Shel Silverstein on his poem “If The World Was Crazy”. All Day Deshay AM surely isn’t a concept album, but the breaks within each body of work help to add to a building idea overall, giving listeners something familiar to look towards next time.

The following track, “Ur Fresh!”, hits like a ballad-rap from hip-hop’s golden age. Although his space-age influenced sound design bleeds through on every track, it is safe to say that the man knows his history. To make an analogy, DeShay is the Plato to Pharrells’ Socrates. As he has proven time and time again with songs like Dom Kennedys’ “Locals Only” and Sir Michael Rocks’ “Ground Up”, boom bap is a term not foreign to his vocabulary or musical ability. Add a beat like that with witty lyrics and a flow with a solid cadence, and you’ve got yourself a jam.

Stream Only: brandUn DeShay – Ur Fresh!

“Canopy”, another banger on the album designed to keep your head bobbing reiterates DeShay’s everyday struggle to change his life for the better; something we can all relate to. He begins, “I had to ask God why do he be testing me daily, coming home to a zoo like it was Barnum and Bailey’s. Work is bullshit too, these fuckers driving me crazy. Askin’ me for the same shit, don’t they know what my aim is? I am more than this retail. At the point of no return like I ain’t lookin’ for resale.”

Stream Only: brandUn DeShay – Canopy

What this album makes clear is DeShay’s understanding that achieving any dream takes patience, persistance and a little talent. Albeit, DeShay hasn’t quite reached his peak, All Day DeShay AM affirms that hes moving into that position, but more importantly, he’s enjoying the ride on the way there. One could argue that brandUn is one of, if not, the most influential up and coming producer to bless the hip-hop world producing hits that have helped bring rise to artists like Curren$y, Dom Kennedy, Sir Michael Rocks, Danny Brown and L.A. emcee Casey Veggies. This just demonstrates that he is far more than a producer. Not bad for a guy that took a year and a half off. -

"brandUn DeShay – Three! To Get Ready (Review) 4.5/5 Stars"

With Common off doing the movie thing and Kanye hiding out like some sort of hip-hop Gollum after “Swiftgate,” the city of wind has been fairly quiet on the surface. Luckily, underneath the guise of inactivity, brandUn DeShay has been hard at work. Three! To Get Ready, surprisingly enough, is actually the fifth project released by this Chi-town representative. And his experience shows. Handling most of the production as well as rhymes, DeShay is an incredibly well-rounded individual- offering both of these things in a very unique way. Striking a refreshing balance between being introspective and braggadocian, tracks like “Good Morning Ceven,” mentioning such things as the risks and emotional turmoil involved in taking the road less traveled, are sure proof that brandUn plays by his own rules. Does it pay to go outside the box? In this case, absolutely. The production, ranging from pseudo-dance jams and smoothed out tribe-called-quest-like songs to surprisingly refreshing boom-bap, keeps things as interesting as such off-kilter punch lines like, “I’m a pro with the pain, on my Hank shit.” Guest spots help to round tracks out but honestly, brandUn most likely would have had no problem carrying all of the lyrical weight if he wanted to. While feature-heavy songs like “Awe Stars” (Casey Veggies) and “Hate To Say I Told U So” (featuring Tanya Morgan’s Von Pea) are both super solid with hard beats and rhymes, the Dom Kennedy and TiRon assisted “Wish Me Luck!” feels a little lackluster as a 2010 version of ATCQ’s “Electric Relaxation.” Even still, Three! To Get Ready is thirteen songs that will without a doubt solidify DeShay’s place in hip-hop as the next MC/producer to take over everything he touches. - URB Magazine


All Day DeShay: AM

"Why You Gotta Zodiac Like That" (Radio Play)
"Awe Stars" ft. Casey Veggies & Rockie Fresh (Radio Play)

Volume: Three! To Get Ready
Your Favorite! MixTape
Volume: Two! For The Show
Volume: One! For The Money



BrandUn Deshay is soon on his way to becoming the next legendary hip hop artist out of Chicago. Inspired by many sounds, ranging from The Neptunes, to Burt Bachrach, to Shel Silverstein, and even video game sound tracks, Brandun Deshay's range of influences delivers a classic sound with a futuristic twist.

After parting ways with the LA rap group Odd Future, BrandUn has quickly been able to build his own dedicated fanbase, uniquely dubbed as the DeShayliens. After only a few years of being active in the music industry, BrandUn has already worked with a number of respected artists, garnering production credits with Dom Kennedy, Sir Michael Rocks (of The Cool Kids), Curren$y, Casey Veggies, Danny Brown, and Kendrick Lamar to name a few. Some of the more notable songs that he's produced include Dom Kennedy's "Locals Only", Curren$y's "Racing Stripes", Casey Veggies "Ridin Round Town", Danny Brown's "Radio Song", plus many more. What's even more amazing about Brandun is how his lyrical ability matches up with his production prowess. Unlike many great hip hop producers, BrandUn is able to easily wear both hats, and outshine most emcees.

When Brandun Deshay raps, he doesn't write, he records from freestyles. His smart, witty lyrics, and his knack for wordplay put him in a category of his own, reminiscent of carefree youth, post adolescent trials, and rebellion all at the same time. His authentic smooth, cool, flow exudes a vibe that transcends his years, with a cadence that can effortlessly move audiences to the sound of his voice.

His most popular single "Why You Gotta Zodiac Like That" made substantial noise, with the music video making its way onto MTVu, as a Best Freshman pick. The video has also acquired over 140,000 views on YouTube.

After releasing four highly praised mixtapes, DeShay decided to release his debut album All Day DeShay: AM. On this album DeShay was able to organically blend the early sounds of N.E.R.D., eclectic samples, 808s, and boom-bap to paint a sonic masterpiece. DeShay considers this album his best work, and many of pop culture's top music blogs certainly agree. According to a review about All Day DeShay on, Jahn P. writes that "DeShay is the Plato to Pharrells’ Socrates." Earmilk goes on to say that "Swagger is definitely an element of DeShay’s music, but what separates him from that lexicon of braggadocios emcees is his humility. For that characteristic alone this body of work is, for lack of a better phrase, “a breath of fresh air”.

Notable Shows:

The Underground Chicago (Headliner) - 150 tickets sold
Beauty Bar Chicago w/ Danny Brown - 100 tickets sold
Subterranean Chicago w/ Camp Lo - 200 tickets sold
SXSW 2011 (KSW Showcase, Hustlepalooza Showcase)
Mephi Tempe, Arizona w/ Dom Kennedy - 150 tickets sold
Viaduct Theater Chicago - 150 tickets sold