Thursday, March 14, 2013
UNT student makes his rap debut at SXSW Wednesday
B. Anderson will be performing March 14 at Nice Kicks.
AUSTIN His bedroom walls are plastered with posters of basketball legends, social rights activists and rappers. Pre-construction engineering sophomore Brandon Anderson holes up in here, tirelessly improving his rhymes in preparation for his life-changing show Wednesday.
Set to perform in Austin on March 14 at Nice Kicks as part of the South by Southwest festival, “B. Anderson” hopes to make a statement in the fast moving world of hip-hop.
“I know it’s going to be an adrenaline rush,” Anderson said. “I’ve never been in the limelight and I just want to see how people react to me. I just want to get either positive or even negative criticism.”
During his high school years, Anderson befriended rappers in the group Self Conscious Music. Even then, founder Dalton Smith knew it would only be a matter of time before Anderson became more comfortable with rapping and joined the ranks.
“He has a lot of potential,” Smith said. “I look forward to seeing him grow.”
Anderson sat back and watched all through high school, but after graduating, he shook his initial hesitations and joined his friends, rapping every opportunity he could.
“When you get to college, you have to find yourself,” Anderson said. “During my freshman year of college, I started to freestyle a little but it really started with the UNT ASO Cypher just last semester.”
The Cypher, a music video filmed in the fall, contained a group of students who each had one minute to reel off rhymes. After his appearance, Anderson received much attention from friends and family, prompting him to begin work on his first mix tape.
“I’ve been working on it for awhile,” Anderson said. “The beats that I have are good and I’ve received a lot of support. Your first mix tape is what solidifies you as a good artist or not.”
Anderson’s first batch of tracks are full of personal stories from his youth is tentatively scheduled for an April release. He wants rap fans to get to know him as he starts his career.
“My mix tape is going to be called #adoLESSONS,” Anderson said. “I’m about to turn 21, so I’m about to lose my last bit of adolescence. These songs are coming from when I had a young mind.”
With his upcoming release, the rookie rapper hopes to bring a new flavor to the genre. Anderson feels that current rap music and the direction it’s going renders some of the music meaningless.
“When you turn on the radio, you can hear a song that’s saying nothing at all,” Anderson said. “I don’t understand it. Some people see hip-hop as a dead art and with silly songs out there, I can see why.”
Friends of Anderson say they aren’t surprised about the musician’s recent opportunities, biology junior Michael Ogundipe said.
“One thing I can say about Brandon is that he’s dedicated,” Ogundipe said. “He’s a natural. Man he’s got the juice.”
For more on Brandon Anderson follow him on twitter @Life_Motivated.