An Interview With LaBrew II
The latest release from LaBrew II comes with a ton of honesty and swagger in the form of a set of smooth and vibrant singles that touch on an array of pop, R&B, soul, and more all wrapped up into one massive album that has more hooks and bangers than you might be able to handle.
The Nusense album is packed with deep grooves, bright percussion, and a vast soundscape that's paired with passionate and soul-oriented vocals that remind you of Prince and gives a wonderous feeling and style.
You get this addictive vocal approach, and it all has small changes from song to song as some touch on rap and when they do they get a raw and attitude riddled but with this tasteful undertone and grooving bass lines.
The songs are lush and full bodied and at times are packed with layers of vocal harmonies and a harder attitude and character. Either way you get all kinds of sounds that complement each other but at the same time you get tons of surprises.
You even get cross over songs that border a rock sound with a hip hop sound and it feels natural and genuine.
This was absolutely gracefully performed and with such a presence that you can't stop listening.
This release lets the artist take you to his world for a while and it's such a fun one and an honest one, a descriptive and vividly painted set of songs that reach out and grab at you.
With such a unique release, we wanted to touch base with LaBrew II to find out where all of this actually came from.
Here's what went down.
Buzz Slayers: Let's kick things off with the Nusense album. This record has such a great classic hip hop vibe to it. Where did this album come from? So my debut EP, NUSENSE was rooted in a space of awakening. I found myself at an impasse with music and we created a great piece in the Mountains of VA. You'll get a blend of Funk, R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop and Rock and Roll. Buzz Slayers: Would you say this is a conceptual record? It definitely is. This EP was created where I was finding a New Sense of self, but it felt like a Nuisance in the process. Buzz Slayers: So when did music start affecting you? When did you know making music was something you wanted to be doing? Good Question. I have a sense for sound, it's something that I feel. I can remember watching live performances as a child knowing that's what I wanted to do. The running joke is that it started while I was in the womb. My father worked concerts and my parents attended multiple shows while my mother was pregnant. From Prince, to Sade, and Tony! Toni! Toné! I stay at a show now. Buzz Slayers: This record has some great styles! Can you all give us some of your top musical influences? I appreciate that. I'm a fan of many, but I'd say some of my main influences are from the likes of Mint Condition, Prince, New Birth, Sly & the Family Stone, and Outkast. I love music that smacks with a great feel, that takes you places. Buzz Slayers: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music? I've been in my design bag heavily lately, working on graphic designs, and for our clothing line which you can find at, shop.labrewii.com. I really like hitting creative spaces, whether that's a concert, museum, anywhere I can catch an artistic exhibition.
I like to be outdoors too, working out and also cooking. There's something therapeutic about cooking. Buzz Slayers: Who's in your headphones right now? Honestly, I've been circulating a few things from the 70's and listening to different sounds.
Tems has a hold on me at the moment. I've been listening to Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar. Sly & the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, and Prince are constantly in my ears. I love the classics. And Lukes James' album with the Nu Deco Ensemble is amazing as well. But there's so much that's in rotation for me at the moment. Buzz Slayers: Are you guys doing any live performances right now? Yes, I've been hitting some local spots, as we're currently curating our own show series that I'm hoping to announce soon.
Buzz Slayers: This album feels like a big undertaking, is there any advice you'd give to other up and coming artists out there? Outside of all of the basics elements of Networking, Creating, Branding and all of that. Be thankful for those that support you. Cherish that. Start the Work on you as the Artist and Performer immediately. Make sure you can relay your message the way you intended. And don't be afraid to step out of the box. Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
We have a video for "Ill Wauder '' releasing in September, which is one of my favorite songs off of NUSENSE. There will be a few shows coming up and new music in the Spring next year.
With more clothing and designs coming soon. We're also in the process of gathering all of the right elements to create our live band as well as we continue to elevate. If you're interested in what I do, I'd love to hear from you.
Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
Thank You to Everyone that has supported us up to this point and to those that are on the way. Please continue to play NUSENSE, and if you haven't you definitely should. Please continue to keep up with us via all social media platforms at, @labrewii and check out my website at, labrewii.com, we'd love to hear from you all as well, so please contact me if you're interested in what I do.