Rene Brown is more than just a rapper, she’s one of that small tribe of MCs who have hip hop tatted on their skin and coursing through their veins. In fact I’d be as bold as to say it’s imperative, for the growth and survival of real hip hop, that this rapstress blow. Who is Rene Brown? A femcee who started her journey as an artist as a 10 year-old in Jackson, Mississippi. One of her favorite pastimes was locking herself up in her room getting high on the words of Tupac, Eminem and DMX. Years later, after joining the army, Brown recorded her first track. Over Skype. While deployed in Afghanistan.
It didn’t take me long to loco over ‘Relapse’, the second from Brown’s ‘Who’s Checkin’ Wednesday’ series. The fury, the wit, the passion in each line reminded me of what I felt when I first heard Kendrick Lamar. You can hear the rage of a teenager growing up in a racially divided hood, being taunted because of her mixed heritage. More importantly you can hear the zeal of a hungry artist who has taken time to hone her skills and is now untouchable. I love the way the beat follows the undulations of Rene’s ice-cold bars (shout out to Brix). Are you with me, dear reader? Hate it or Love it?
Miami Based, Internationally Known