Hailing from Raleigh, NC; BrassiousMonk, the self-proclaimed, “Keepah of the Flame”, is a skilled producer, rapper, and songwriter. Monk’s family originated on both coasts; his mother from Brooklyn, NY, and father from LA. Before the age of 6 he’d already lived in both California, New York, Spain, and finally settling in North Carolina. Due to this fortunate culture-shock, his music and style influences were broadened at a young age. Mama was on Anita Baker, Sade, and Shirley Caesar; big sweaters and nikes. While Papa was Pac, stand up comedy tapes, and Funkadelic; leather and chucks. All that makes for quite the gumbo pot. The blend of musical/artistic tastes only became more evident as time passed; easily going from reciting Mos Def verses to blasting No Doubt; throwing up the Wu, to bumping Kirk Franklin. All these influences, while also growing up in and through the early 00s to the changing of the guard that is the late 00s, mixed wonderfully together to form the “monk with more funk for ya trunk” himself. One thing that is/was present in all of his influences/influencers even today are: originality, spirit, and an introspective wittiness; things he now holds himself to provide through each extension of his art. Think if Pharrell, Mos Def, and Flying Lotus had a kid, then let Dave Chappelle raise him. you’d get Brass.
Since his emergence onto his local scene, Monk has been lighting up stages, curated his own series of themed events(ExpansionPack), designed merchandise(AtomBrass) that can be spotted throughout his state’s ever-expanding social scene, and collaborated with an array of talented artists from diverse demographics. The idea being that you don’t just provide opportunities for yourself to grow, evolve, and elevate; but you give your constituents and fellow man a chance to build themselves up then we all win.
“Hand the glow out” as Brass would say.
As a result of laying this groundwork, he’s been able to share billings with Solange Knowles and Run the Jewelz in Raleigh’s own Hopscotch Music Festival 2017, Durham’s Beats n Bars alongside acts Dumbfoundead and Dead Prez, as well as being chosen to participate in Atlanta’s annual A3C Festival 2018, which hosted headliners Lil Wayne, Wu-Tang Clan, and J.I.D.
He is the embodiment of the renaissance man, pushing creativity and positivity through thought provoking, energetic music.
His latest release, the 13 track EP, “Working...”, mixes elements of house, jazz, and hip hop can be heard on all streaming platforms.
i am energy
you are energy
we are energy