May 9, 2017 by Burgundy Woods
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Exciting news on the Style Lush #StreetBeat radar! If you love to shake it on the dance floor (like we do) and you haven’t heard of this local artist, here’s your chance to get in the know! Bryson Brooks was born in Denton, Texas in 1975. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997. Following his gradation he moved to Mexico City and ran a gallery while creating both collaborative and individual works of art in the medium of painting and performance art.
In the late 90s, Brook’s band Los ArmStrings hit it big in Serbia–#2 on the charts. He continued his musical projects when he returned to the States, including his San Antonio-based solo project Franky Truth and the Outlet.
“I just kind of hit a wall with it and stopped playing the punk rocky kind of thing,” says Brooks back in his loft last week. “I wanted to make something that was more controlled. So I just started making hip-hop music.”
Over the next few years, Brooks worked sporadically with friend Mike Bailey, who produced the beats, compiling a backlog of dozens of hip-hop tracks.
He returned to Texas in 2003 and worked in his private studios in Southtown at the Blue Star Arts Complex. In addition to being a successful painter, painting, his performance art took off yet again as he appeared in numerous solo shows and even collaborated in group performances working alongside with Snoop Dogg, Lil Flip, Mickey Avalon and others. Awards and accolades include the Art Pace Travel Grant for performance art in Berlin where he recorded with Gordon Raphael, known for recording such acts as The Strokes.
Basically, Bryson Brooks is a fantastic force to be reckoned with and now, he has done it again on the music front with his new single and music video, SHOW ME. Brooks doesn’t view his rap enthusiasm as all that weird. Wearing a James Brown t-shirt, he talks about his years in middle school, living in Augusta, Ga., where freestyling and breakdancing were already standard playground activities.
“I kind of grew up around Ice-T and the Beastie Boys and all that stuff in the ’80s,” he says. He rattles off a list of his favorite artists: “Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Ice Cube, 50 Cent, and Snoop Dogg” among others. He also makes it a point to call out, white rap enigmas such as “Die Antwoord and Mickey Avalon.”
“It’s not so … hateful, sleazy, or angry,” he says, “I don’t really identify with it. I just kind of want to dance, be funny, point at how it’s all put together … I don’t want to say satirical. I think it’s honest. Honestly funny.”
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is with great excitement that we launch SHOW ME by Bryson Brooks! His music is insanely fun, witty and with name drops like Chanel, you can bet that his personal style is all that and a bag of surprises. Get yo dance hat on, check out the video above, and follow this San Antonio talent on all his social media. Oh, and P.S, you’re welcome.
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