Interview by Ben Z @WI608
Recently we posted a video called “Alpha & Omega” by Brandon E. Williams. (http://wp.me/p5CVAC-bb) Since then we've had a chance to connect with Brandon and ask a few questions about himself and his music. Check out the interview and get to know the lyrical genius that is Brandon E. Williams.
Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Brandon E. Williams. I am a 23 year old aspiring hip-hop artist from the Boogie Down Bronx, with an unparalleled love and appreciation for lyricism.
When did you first discover your passion for hip-hop?
I first discovered my passion for hip-hop somewhere around elementary school. Believe it or not— yes, I can remember that far back. I was hardcore into poetry at the time, and I hadn't quite made the transition yet to putting my words over music. Long story short— someone introduced me to an Eminem track called “Cleaning Out my Closet”and I fell in love with the genre. That was the first hip-hop song I memorized from beginning to end.
What/who are you biggest influences?
If I was being honest (and not at all in a cocky/conceited kind of way), I’d have to say that I am my biggest influence. But looking outside of myself, I would have to go with an answer that seems kind of cliché: my dad. From a young age he made me believe that I’m a very special type of human being, and I could do ANYTHING I want. Not to mention he made sure I ALWAYS had a book in my hands. (Lol, thanks, Dad.) If you could have the chance to work with any artist living or dead, who would you choose and why? This is a tough question, and I’m not above changing my answer at some later date, but for now I’d have to say Andre 3000 because lyrically he's just a genius and in my opinion anything he puts out is timeless. He’ll violate a track without vulgarities. Plus during that session I’d definitely take his recipe for adding so much soul to a track.
What do you hope to accomplish through your music/career?
Money, fame, tours, respect, etc. would all be things that would be great to have— and if I get them, thats great! If I don't, then eh, I tried. What I truly wish to accomplish through my musical career is to just get my inner thoughts out in a couple tracks (to balance out my insanity, lol), make good music for anyone who’s willing to listen, and if at the end of my musical journey I could truly touch one person's life, it’d be enough for me. But I mean TRULY touch them, not just having someone say, “That was dope, bro” (which is always appreciated). That'd be it though, because through my music being in circulation on the internet and through other circles and outlets I already have what I wanted: immortality.