Chicago native and R&B artist Brandon James is seeking to take his act to the ‘main stage’ this year. Already a well known name within the Chicago metropolitan area, he’s hell-bent on breaking into the mainstream with two new releases.
“The Divine Collection” is his inaugural release on indie label EPR on May 29, 2016. Currently, the album is available for purchase on iTunes, various streaming services as well ashis website. The album is a compilation of Brandon’s two previous bodies of work.
His second untitled project is scheduled for a September 13, 2017 launch date. To promote his upcoming album, a publicity and radio campaign has been implemented alongside of a regional tour in the fall.
As of late, Brandon has been best-described as an ‘Artist to Watch’by Ellena Rodriguez, performing at some of Chicago’s most notable venues like House of Blues, Reggie’s Rock Club, UIC Pavilion (opened up for Earth Wind & Fire) and Joe’s Bar (opened up for Bubba Sparxxx).
Brandon James (born as Brandon Foster) states, “I started doing music as an outlet for my depression early on in life.” Constantly challenging himself to become better at his craft, he has taken voice lessons from Bobbi Wilsyn, Ars Musica and Andrew Walker Schultze. Recently, he has earned a degree in music performance and business from the Columbia College. Forever seeking to share his testimony, he seeks to inspire, touch hearts and provoke thought through his music.
AL HALABAN is an eerie yet dynamic piece of work from French beatmaker, JMT-PROD and features Morrocan lyrical genius, MAWKLEY. The opening of the record pulls you in and is extremely cinematic (with Saudi Arabian ambient street sounds in background); however, the love of hip-hop is prevalent throughout the track. Very reminiscent of Wu-Tang with a dash of Dr. Dre from the 90’s. When you combine almost 30 years of sound making alongside of a griot who’s been spitting fire since the ripe age of 10, magic happens. Although the song is a foreign release, we had the opportunity to get our hands on a lyric sheet and were blown away. Concurrently, the two of them narrate a story about self-destruction, poverty and hopelessness. If you are seeking something powerful, provocative and perhaps soon to be award-winning look no further.
*Lyrics INTRO : IN A TIME WHERE INJUSTICES ,THE POWER OF SHADE AND DOMINANCE BECAME MORE COMBINED THAN EVER, WHERE RAIDS DARED THE EXTORTION OF MASTERS OF PAST AND PRESENT CIVILISATIONS, AND THE LEADERS OF HISTORY. IT BECAME MORE THAN NECESSARY TO GO BACK IN TIME AND TO DIVE IN THE HOLLOWS OF MEMORY TO LOOK FOR THAT LUSTER EVEN THOUGH IT HAD BEEN BLOCKED BY MASSES OF ASH FOR A LONG TIME. VERSE 1 : I’VE LEARNED LETTERS TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE SHEEP USING A DULL KNIFE..CHOKRI GAVE ME DRY BREAD TO USE AS A WARM COVER THE MICROPHONE BECAME AN ADDICTION THEY SAY : GO AND GIVE UP ! MY SWORD IS IN THE FACE OF ANYONE WITH A SWORD UP I WANT TO LIVE LIKE THIS ! FILLED MY HEAD WITH KNOWLEDGE TELL ME WHAT THEY DID TO YOU WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG A PLASTIC SANDALE A SILLY SOCCER BALL , FIVE ELECTRICITY TOWERS , BIG ROCKS AND WE PLAYIN’ 5 AGAINST 5 BEATEN BY YOUR FATHER AND YOUR TEACHER DID THE SAME BONGOS, P’TIT SWISS, PRE-SCHOOL LULLABIES CHAOS IN THE HOOD NEIGHBOUR CAME OUT AND PUNCTURED THE BALL FELT SAD, WENT AROUND THE CORNER, BOUGHT A NEW ONE PLAYED NEXT TO HIS HOUSE AND HE CAME OUT BACK AGAIN… RAIN POURED, EVERYONE HAD A STICK TO DRAW IN THE WET DIRT, TAKING TURNS MY STICK STABBED MY FRIENDS KNEE, HIS DAD PASSED BY AND FOUND OUT QUICKLY CAME THE AMBULANCE NEVER SAW HIM WALKING AGAIN HE BECAME « HALABAN” Hook (Refrain) : HALABAN…..THE SOMEONE WHO IS IN TRANSE WANT TO BE KNOWN HALABAN…..DANI DAN….JUNKY-MAN……HALABAN HALABAN…..NOTHING MATTERS….NOTHING HAPPENS…HALABAN HE STILL NEED A HASH-JOINT….THE SOMEONE WHO IS LEARNING WILL BE KNOWN 2X VERSE 2 : FIGHTING IN THE HOOD TO SMOKE AND TO HAVE ENAUGH HASH YOU BECOME ANORMAL WHEN YOUR PARENTS MAKE YOU DOING A DENTAL SURGERY NIGHTS LIKE DAYS DRAWIN’ IN ALL WALLS….JUNKIES GRAFFITI! YOU ARE USED TO STEALING…SCHOOL BECAME THE REFUGE YOUR DAD HAD A HEART ATTACK, WHNE HE KNEW YOU SNUCK OUT SHAMEFUL OUTSPRING ! YOU’RE A WASTE OF MONEY AND EFFORTS YOU’RE NOT UNIQUE…THERE ARE SO MANY ! ADDICTION LEAD TO PRISON..BLAME IT ON THE DEALER HE WILL BECOME HALABAN LIQUOR IN A PLASTIC BAG SHOP OWNERS FIRED HIM, CAUSE HE SMELLS BAD JUNKIES TASTED HIM, WANT TO MAKE HIM LADY THEY GAVE HIM RIPPED SOCKS AND THEY RAPED HIM Hook (Refrain) : HALABAN…..THE SOMEONE WHO IS IN TRANSE WANT TO BE KNOWN HALABAN…..DANI DAN….JUNKY-MAN……HALABAN HALABAN…..NOTHING MATTERS….NOTHING HAPPENS…HALABAN HE STILL NEED A HASH-JOINT….THE SOMEONE WHO IS LEARNING WILL BE KNOWN 2X OUTRO : WHEN THE RHYTHM OF THE PUNCHES OF TIME FASTEN..REALITY CAN’T OBEY ITS RULES, BE LIKE CANCER AND WATER, AND DON’T LET THE DAYS PLAY WITH YOU AS IT WISHES, GIVE ME A PIECE OF PAPER AND A PEN AND LEAVE ME WITH TIME. KISS KISS THE BEE MAWKLEY