BRAVADO

BRAVADO

 Kansas City, Missouri, USA
BandHip HopR&B

BRAVADO is a unique & original Hip-Hop Artist/Rapper. BRAVADO'S diverse styles and true to life lyrical writings have proven him to be a marketable commodity in the music industry as an independent artist. BRAVADO'S Swagger/Hustler/ Edgy Type Image has him appealing to many markets.

Biography

“I speak from the heart, pen to pad, my life experiences, good or bad.”
- BRAVADO

Breaking out of the ordinary Hip-Hop image, BRAVADO brings to the rap game his intense experiences as a Hispanic youth growing up in a dysfunctional childhood. He tells his story through his rhymes, and brings a refreshing style into hip-hop. With his clean cut image and swagger good looks, Bravado adds the needed dynamic to the world of urban music. His rhymes bring a keen self-awareness that create an original style completely his own.

Anger was a problem for BRAVADO in his youth. His parents had separated, divorced and remarried, and during the interim, he was helpless as he watched his mother being hit by her boyfriend. His torn family was filled with turmoil, chaos, and dysfunction which caused BRAVADO to experience life to it’s most extreme reaches of pain. Just before his 17th birthday, his anger got the best of him, and he landed himself in an Adult Correctional Facility, which was followed by a three-month stay at a boot camp military reform school. “Hitting rock bottom, losing everything because of anger, rejection and lack of self worth had an impact on me,” he says, “While at that camp I wrote song after song, pouring my emotions and feelings into my lyrics. Everyone always told me I was creative with writing poetry and my love for music just empowered me. I knew music would take me away and I had something to tell the world with my music.” BRAVADO decided with self-discipline and sheer willpower he would change his life. He returned back to his school and graduated with his class. He wanted to share what he learned with the world and help others not repeat his same mistakes. “Becoming more focused and positive about myself made a difference in me,” he says.

BRAVADO is now a focused songwriter and self- taught mixing engineer. Overcoming his hardships, he associates with successful and positive people and believes, “Knowledge is power and as long as I keep learning no one can take that knowledge from me.” He received his first award from THE RECORDING ACADEMY in Memphis Tennessee: the Grand Prize of the Grammy Demo Review in 2005 for his song AM I HOT ENOUGH. He then went on to win second placed in the VHI SAVE THE MUSIC INTERNATIONAL FALL SONG WRITING CONTEST, 2005, with his newly produced song, DEDICATION. This song came straight from his experience and told a portion of his thoughts about his parents. BRAVADO has also won a Directors Award with his song, AM I HOT ENOUGH through the NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL FALL SONG & LYRIC CONTEST, 2005.

BRAVADO works closely with producer, Oren Oami, who helped produce his not yet released independent album, WHAT IS IT WORTH. Oami has shared the stage with the likes of Matchbox 20, George Clinton, Creed, Joan Osbourne, Ben Harper and many others. BRAVADO also extends his gratitude to Shadowpump Productions in the producing of his album. He is also proud to have Nil Jones as the Mixing Engineer for the album. Nil has worked with artists such as Krayzie Bone, 8 BALL&MJG, Outkast, E-40, Cash Money, Notorious B.I.G., Brian McKnight and many others. Grammy Award Winning Ralph Sutton is the Mastering Engineer on BRAVADOS album. He owns the House of Blues in Memphis, Tennessee. Ralph has worked with such artists as the late Tu-Pac Shakur, Lionel Richie, Justin Timberlake, and others and has been Stevie Wonders’ personal engineer.

BRAVADO states, “My love for music and life has allowed me to meet new people and explore avenues and opportunities I never thought were possible. Writing, mixing and producing are what I’m all about. Music is my life.”

BRAVADO was born Joshua Mascareñas, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the son of a Caucasian mother and Hispanic father. He is currently finishing his audio engineering degree at the internationally acclaimed, prestigious School of Audio Engineering (SAE), Los Angeles, CA. He plans to continue to pursue his singing/song writing career.

Lyrics

Am I Hot Enough

Written By: BRAVADO

AM I HOT ENOUGH-2005
(Bravado/Shadowpump/yeah/am I hot enough/yeah/Bravado/Shadowpump on the beat/yeah/am I hot enough/so basically what I need ya to tell me are my lyrics hot enough/am I hot enough /is the beat hot enough/is the whole DAMN song hot enough)
VERSE 1
So smooth wit it/get loose wit it/the hottest around its proven
Step up to me I guarantee u dont got shit on a shadowpump beat/
A well known fact and that is/kick drums 808’s to hit/ so I come to say Bravados the name gyeah gyeah/I could be mistaken but face it/I’m growing old and I’m overly impatient/bringing it so different wit a techno bass line/and not a person out there can spit it like mine/I’m on a whole nether level dog waiting for my time/the pen/the sig/the line to sign/ ahh/ahhh/ahhh/ahhh/ahhh
CHORUS
Am I hot enough
There’s a fire in the kitchen in its blazen up
Am I hot enough
Now turn the heat up and raise it up
Am I hot enough
There’s a fire in the kitchen in its blazen up
Am I hot enough
Am I hot enough
Am I hot enough
VERSE 2
Whoooo/got a whistle goin on/a Lil Jon in the song/I'm back and reloaded/crafting you know it/what is it worth/the whole world ya’ll/my style’s so strong ‘ll make ya’ll jaws fall/don’t get it twisted I’m here to take off/I'm a spitter go getter I’m here to take/take all yo money so cool with the lines/shadowpump create a track to make ya skin peel/Scott Storch aint the only one to use a pitch wheel/is that a D-Tune lead I hear/I'm hot in the streets on fire everywhere/bringing it at ya four seasons all year/songs so crazy gotcha pullin yo hair/out of your head and ya just want a breath/haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
CHORUS
Am I hot enough
There’s a fire in the kitchen in its blazen up
Am I hot enough
Now turn the heat up and raise it up
Am I hot enough
There’s a fire in the kitchen in its blazen up
Am I hot enough
Am I hot enough
Am I hot enough
VERSE 3
Holy shit I got some Dr. Dre keys/am I hot enough cuz I think I brought some heat/so intact and fresh from a shhhhh/won’t tell ya my secret but what I do hear an eargasm from the speakers/a D-Tune lead/Dr. Dre on the keys/Lean Back on the beat/ 808 kicks to hit/a Lil Jon whistle and a tad bit of this/I’m beating like a mean it/original sound drops lyrics so smooth and ill I’m hot stuff/so face it that I’m bolder and colder than MC’S/and
I got the instrumentals to make you say what/I’m playing kid games wit ya’ll when I’m spittin this is practice yes I mean my level aint even reached it/I’m the baddest the coldest and not a label can hold I’m a spitter get it right and say no more
CHORUS
Am I hot enough
There’s a fire in the kitchen in its blazen up
Am I hot enough
Now turn the heat up and raise it up
Am I hot enough
There’s a fire in the kitchen in its blazen up
Am I hot enough
Am I hot enough
Am I hot enough

So Fly-Feat. Claire Cetera

Written By: BRAVADO, Co-Writer Oren Oami

CHORUS (2X)
CLAIRE-COME MY WAY
CLAIRE-SO WE CAN HIT IT LATE
SO FLY U BEEN PEEPIN ME OUT
SO LET ME TAKE U HOME LAY YA DOWN AND GET IN YA NOW
VERSE 1
IF U COOL U SMOOTH AND UR BODY IS LOOSE
HOLD UR HEAD HIGH AND THE WORLD CAN TELL
THAT U APPEAL TO ALL GENRES AND READY TO SELL
AND I DON’T LIMIT MYSELF SO DON’T LIMIT URSELF
THIS FOR THE CAT’S IN THE BUTTON UP TEES
NAW THIS FOR THE ONES ABERCROMBIE FETCH
NAW THIS FOR THE THUGS HOLD IT DOWN FOR THE STREETS
THIS FOR MY PRIMOS WHO BANG MY BEAT
THIS FOR MY DAWGS WHO POPPIN THEM COLLARS
I MEAN DROPPIN THEM DOLLARS
PULLIN LADIES NOW HOLLAR
YEAH WE HOLD IT DOWN FOR THE CLUB
ME AND MY PLAYAS AND WE LOOKIN 4 LOVE
OR WE LOOKIN TO FUCK EITHER OR THAT’S WHATS UP
SO WE’RE HERE TO PULL CHICKS AND WE DOIN THE THING
AND IF U COOL THEN IT AINT NO THING
SO RUN YA GAME YADIDIMEAN SPIT YA SLANG
CHORUS (2X)
VERSE 2
IM LOOKIN FOR A GURL BUT SHE GOTTA HAVE SMART BRAINS
MY BOY’S SCOPING CHICKS SHE GOTTA BE A NOTCH THING
ITS ALL ABOUT PREFERENCE AND WHATS UR TASTE
BUT I KNOW ALL MALES LOVE GRIPING THE WAIST
BUT I CANT HELP IT BUT MY LITTLE HEAD OVERCOME
MY BIG HEAD I WANNA HUMP
I LOVE FEMALES AND GETTING DETAILED
SO WHATS UR FANTASY/VERBS U WANNA/SEE GURLS I WANNA MEET
SO SMOOTH WITH IT TELL EM WHAT THEY WANNA HEAR
CAKE EM UP A BIT SHE LOVE THE COCK NO LIE
HUNDREDS HERE AND THERE WE BEYOND SO FLY
FRESH OUT THE GUTTA AND WE KEEP IT GANGSTA
GOT ON A SUITA AND IM A HUSTLER
PREP CLOTHES ON U CAN CHECK THE SIZE
BRAVADO’S THE BRAND AND YEA IT’S FITTED RIGHT
EITHER WAY WE GOIN WE GOIN SHINE TONIGHT
CHORUS (2X)
VERSE 3
ARE MY LYRICS HOT ENOUGH FOR THIS PLACE TO BLAZE UP
IM SO COLD IN THE GAME IM FREEZING THE PLACE
I GOT GURLS IN CHILLS AND THEY NIPPIN FROM WAIST UP
MAKE A NAME FOR MYSELF AND IM LIFTING MY WEIGHT UP
BUT IT’S ALL GOOD AS LONG AS I START A NICHE
IT’S ALL HOOD AS LONG AS I DRILL I THE TIP
DON’T KEEP MY POCKETS TOO FAT I KEEP EM THIN
MONEY CLIP ON THE GRIP AND I START A TREND
CHORUS (4X)

Blah Blah Blah-Feat. The Phantom

Written By: BRAVADO feat. The Phantom

VERSE 1
WHEN I WALK IN THE CROWD
JUST STARRING ME OUT
U CAN TELL IM DIFFERENT
GO AHEAD CHECK ME OUT
BAGGY OR FITTED JEANS DIAMOND RING GLEAMS
VIP ON THE SCENCE AND YES IM ONLY 19
IM ALWAYS FORSEEN YES THE GURLS LOVE THE GREEN
IN MY EYES I DON’T BRAG I JUST TELL IT HOW IT IS
I DON’T TRY I JUST SWAG KEEP IT REAL AND HOW IT IS
I CARRY MYSELF VERY WELL AND U CAN TELL CHECK FOR URSELF
THE WAY I SELL THE SMELL
I DON’T CARE I REBEL DONE AND DID IT BEEN IN JAIL
I SWEAR THE COATAILS THEY CAN DRAG ON SOMEONE ELSE
AND IF U WANNA HATE U CAN KEEP IT TO URSELF
CUZ IM ONTO BETTER THINGS AND I GOTTA IMPEL
I WONT STOP I WONT QUIT U WANNA GET ME TO FAIL
SO HOT U MIGHT AS WELL SAY IM IN HELL
SO KEEP YAPPIN AT THE MOUTH
TELL IT TO SOMEONE ELSE
CHORUS
Josh-) blah blah blah (Kemet-) when ya'll bumpin ya'll gums/
know we hotter then the sun when you hatin. all we hear is/
blah blah blah (Josh-)_WHEN YA’LL SMACKIN FOR FUN
UR AGAINST NUMBER ONE AND WE CANT BE FADED./
blah blah blah Kemet- when ya'll speakin in my left ear it/
goes out right tell me more. But all we hear is /
blah blah blah (Josh)- I CANT HEAR U CLEAR IS THAT NONSENSE I HEAR
WHATS THE HATIN FOR

VERSE 2
KEEP CLAPPING THAT JAW KEEP RUNNING UR MOUTH
HATERS CAN FALL BUT I CANT FALL OUT
STRICTLY ALL ABOUT MUSIC BIZ
AND WE CAN’T BE TOUCHED WITH A TEN FOOT STICK
AND IM HOT SHIT HATERS JEALOUS
AND THEY CANT NEAR BY GET NEAR WHAT I DISH
SO LET ME INTRODUCE THE PHANTOM ON THIS ISH
DO ME A FAVOR BLOW EM OUT THIS BITCH
the hybrid cross between logic and street knowlege/
comradery speaks loudest when imma be king, /
i, never wunna be the one to flop turn cold/
get a millameter when i pop my flow/
stop and go, imma hit em with another one/
hot u know, when i kill em wit a wicked tongue/
the unique genious i flow and i speak cleanest/
you know when I reach venus these haters will be extinguished
convulting the wicked brains the solution to shifted claims/
polluting the air waves, we blowin speakers and gettin paid/
CHORUS
VERSE 3
since hell done froze over my aim is to flow colder/
now given the cold shoulder im rippin these shows show up/
im mixing the temperature flippin the scripts, its ridiculous/
bravado gave me the privalege to preach these infants/
first, its hard being the greatest of the latest these ladys make us/
debate ethical statements that make the world know/
and of course we get haters all the way from kc to vegas tryna faze us/
and fade us but we make the paper oh/

CHORUS (2X)

Discography

BRAVADO Formerly known as LOCO, album titled
"K-GEIO" (2005) First Released album is currently available at:
Yahoo Music.com, Verizon Ringtones, Apple i-Tunes, Tower Records.com, CDBABY.com, MSN Music store, Napster, and many others..

BRAVADO's album titled "What Is It Worth" (2006) Coming Soon!!!

Set List

15-45 Minutes

1. Am I Hot Enough
2. Blah Blah Blah feat. The Phantom
3. So Fly- Feat Claire Cetera
4. Love Song-Feat Claire Cetera
5. Go-N-Get Tough
6. The Nod
7. Shut Down
8. MashIt
9. Falling Into Love- Feat. Claire Cetera
10. Nothing Can Break Us- Feat. Claire Cetera
11. Dedication- Feat. Royalty
12. Tearin Up The Score
13. Move Move

Plus many more songs depending on the set time.