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Last week I got a note from a 20 year old femcee Brooklyn White of Louisiana asking me to check out her track "Petty" on SoundCloud. At first listen I was pulled in.
When I hit White back and asked her about when she stumbled into the music game, she told me that her come-up began at a young age.
"I started rapping when I was 9 but it didn't click that I could make a career out of it until the end middle school. I took time to get serious about my craft, linked up with some people who could help, and started recording the summer after my freshman year of high school."
Her musical influences stem from 90s Hip Hop and R&B, but she had to be sneaky about listening to it while growing up in a religious household.
"My mom is a preacher, so as a kid I wasn't allowed to listen to too much secular music at home. My mom's sister was my savior though. She wasn't very religious so when she'd babysit me, she would put me on to all the poppin late 90's Rap and R&B shit like TLC, Da Brat, Blackstreet, and Lauryn Hill. Now, I'm into A$AP Ferg, Young Thug, SZA, and Bone Thugs N Harmony."
The young spitter considers her music to be in a lane of it's own, and considers her genre "bool lo-fi luxury rap".
While she admits that her overall goal for her music career is constantly changing, there is one thing that's important to her at the moment.
"Right now, I just want to empower women."
The sentiment is definitely appreciated. You can't knock a girl who's down for the cause.
You can check out Brooklyn White's song "Petty" below. After that head over to her Bandcamp and see what else this SHE-roe has to offer.