Fresh artist, BriaR, just dropped her first single and video, “Breathe Fire.” Cleverly constructed through a remake of a voicemail she left on her love interest’s answering machine, BriaR is vulnerable with her listeners about her perception of herself and how others perceive her. The relatable tune about being misunderstood leaves you reflecting on yourself and feeling connected to the multi-talented artist. The fusion of hip-hop and R&B makes for a breathy yet powerful single where listeners embark on an emotional journey while grooving to the bassy undertones.
The daughter of legendary rapper Mack 10 (also known as part of Westside Connection alongside Ice Cube and WC) with a stepmom in T-Boz of TLC, BriaR can dream big because she comes from a family that has turned their own ambitions into reality. Growing up in the environment she did helped mold BriaR’s eclectic musical tastes, which incorporate not only the vintage old-school gangsta rap — but also New Wave (“Alanis Morrissette was a big influence in middle school”), grunge (Nirvana), punk (Green Day), pop (Gwen Stefani and No Doubt), rock (Fleetwood Mac), R&B (Michael and Janet Jackson, Aaliyah was “a big influence,” Beyonce, Shakira, TLC). BriaR wrote the lyrics for the songs on the EP, recording them at home with her younger brother, rapper District 21, very much in the style of personal favorites like Billie Eilish and Finneas or, as she notes, fellow Calabasas residents Willow and Jaden Smith. “I have been obsessed with music since I was two years old,” she says of her upbringing around Topanga and Calabasas. “I remember Ice Cube coming to the house and me wanting to sing for him on the little karaoke machine my dad bought. For my brother and I, there was no other option. This is who we are.”
With Finding BriaR rolling out its five individual tracks this fall, BriaR is ready for the next step of her rise to stardom. “Recording this was like my therapy and it still is my therapy,” saysBriaR. “The EP is about discovering the different sides of this individual. These songs helped me realize everything I want.”