To most listeners and fans, Brianna Perry is a new artist and in a way, they may be right. But when you learn more about this young Florida native, you see it’s not that easy to describe her career. You may not have heard her name before 2011, but the emerging hip-hop artist has been in the industry longer than anyone could probably imagine.
From being on an album before she was even eight years old to dropping her 2011 mixtape Face Off (download here ) to signing with label powerhouse Atlantic Records, she has done more before dropping her debut than most artists do when they reach their second or third album. There’s a reason Brianna can claim to have more than a decade of music industry experience before she reaches 25 years old, just like there’s a reason she has created a huge buzz across hip-hop blogs and websites — the girl oozes talent and originality in an otherwise stale female hip-hop scene.
Brianna joins a group of emerging female MCs looking to make their marks on the game, but when it’s all said and done, she may be the only one that we are talking about.
BallerStatus.com: What has it been like getting so much attention the last few months out of, what seems like, nowhere?
Brianna: Really, I’ve been just going at it and going hard since like the age of seven, so right now this is just what I worked for. Just for me to be gaining more fans now and getting more supporters and getting signed to a major, it feels good, but I’ve been at it for such a long time. Age seven I was on my first album. At nine years old, I was on Trina’s Diamond Princess album. From there, [Trina] took me to “Rap City” and I made “Best of the Booth” at 12, and then being signed to Missy Elliot for three years. So, just going through all those different situations and being where I am today, it feels good.
BallerStatus.com: How did you get that initial connection with Trina at such a young age?
Brianna: Pretty much through Poe Boy, this has always been my home. Everyone there is like my family, so after school that’s where I would go. I was supposed to just be there waiting for my parents and hanging out with my uncle, but I would be picking up on little things. I would see artists like Brisco and Rick Ross and Trick Daddy and Trina, who would come through. I just grew a passion for music and would be writing rhymes and trying to get them to listen to me, but they would just brush me off a lot. At seven is when they finally just let me go in there, I guess just to play around. They saw I was trying to be serious about it and mimic what I had seen. Trina was over there and she wanted to put me on the album at nine. Pretty much, just that family connection, it’s like I was birthed in the studio.
BallerStatus.com: What is it like to be able to look back and say that you were on an album at nine years old?
Brianna: It’s kind of crazy because it just rolls off your tongue. I didn’t really realize until I got older that I got to experience so much more than the average kid my age. Just being around it for so long, you kind of get accustomed to everything and it all seems so normal and regular. It took me getting older to really appreciate it and see everyone in my class is not doing this. I remember being in the third grade and leaving school to go do a video. It took me getting older to realize that I’m different.
BallerStatus.com: How has your connection with Missy helped shape your career up until this point?
Brianna: Well she’s a music icon, an incredible artist, and just a sweet person in general. Just being signed to her for three years allowed me to pick up on little things and see how much energy and effort she put into recording in the studio and when it came time to do shows. I got to go on her show “Road to Stardom” as well, so I got see and experience so many things.
BallerStatus.com: So what happened with the label situation with Missy?
Brianna: We’re still cool and still really good friends, but at the time, it wasn’t the best business move, so we decided to go our separate ways in the business world. To this day, we’re still cool and we’re about to get in the studio and work together soon.
BallerStatus.com: How do you feel about the reaction to your “Marilyn Monroe” single and video blowing up?
Brianna: It feels good just to know that people are feeling me and I’m moving the people and gaining new fans and supporters. I just released Face Off on Christmas day and that was like my gift to the fans. The reception for that has been insane and I’m loving the “Marilyn Monroe” feedback.
BallerStatus.com: When the word came out that both you and Nicki Minaj had a single called “Marilyn Monroe,” you decided to release a statement speaking on the situation first. What made you take that route?
Brianna: All I can say is really: great minds think alike. It’s just funny to me because it’s two different types of records, but I’m loving them both.
BallerStatus.com: How has it been since you got the major deal with Atlantic Records?
Brianna: Being able to say I’m signed to Atlantic Records is breath taking. They’re home to so many great artists and they’ve been around for so long and are such a powerhouse and a machine. I have faith in them and they have faith in me. I’m hearing from them every day on the conference calls and I’m excited and we’re all ready to work together and let the people know what it is about.
BallerStatus.com: What do you want to bring to fans when your debut album drops?
Brianna: It’s going to be very refreshing, just a breath of fresh air. It’s a different voice, a different story, a different girl, but it relates to so many. It’s just young, fun good music.