By Harriet Kaplan
Tyran Brown is an emerging hip hop artist from Los Angeles, CA creating music that has combines “clever wordplay and a versatile sound.” Brown has just released his latest EP, “Book of Tyran.” Brown has worked with a number of prominent artists in the hip hop and rap community on various projects and performed at a number renowned clubs through L.A. Tryan recently spoke to blackonthecanvas about his influences, what he listened to growing up, his latest EP, and the collaborations he’s been involved with to date.
Tyran how long have you been writing material and recording music?
Tyran: I started writing in elementary school and started recording at 16 at my Big Boy Bigg Joe West’s crib.
When did you start to have an interest in hip hop music and who are your influences?
Tyran: My mother was a huge music and musical fan so the love of music was installed in me through her. I was born at the time when hip hop took over. My early influences coming from L.A. were Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, and DJ Quik. At the age of 12, I listened to my first full NAS album and my ear was changed forever. Now I listen to Andre 300, Big Pun, Scarface, Eminem. And of course, NAS helped influence my craft.
Is the “Book of Tyran” a statement your trying to make lyrically and musically? Is it a concept EP? What are the central theme or themes?
Tyran: I’m just really trying to let the public know who I am and what I bring to the table. Every song on this project is different and displays my different abilities. I could only do so much with six songs, but hopefully I can surface the surface and make the public crave for more. I want people to pay attention to how I crafted each song, how i use my lyricism, and focus on making sure the songs are well written.
You’ve collaborated with few well-known artists What was that experience like? What did you gain creativity or learn or take away from it being an emerging artist like yourself?
Tyran: Well with the G.O.O.D. music situation with my big bro Malik Yusef brought me around the camp and my eyes were opened because I got a glimpse of how they craft their songs and how they all rely on each other to make sure the best song is crafted. With the Wiz Khalifa situation, I learned its important to have your paperwork correct, because I didn’t even know I was receiving credit for that song until the publisher contacted me. So that is a check I could have missed.
Did you feel any pressure being an opening act from Too $hort, Kendrick Lamar and more? Is this a dream come true for you?
Tyran: Not at all, with Too $Short, I was just happy to be there, and with Kendrick, I remembered him from 2006 on, on a game mixtape. So no matter how big he gets, I look at him as a peer who found the right team to put in a position that me and my team are looking to get to. I’m very happy for his success and he deserves all of it. But I am a confident individual and I know I could hold my own. There was more excitement than pressure. It’s always a dream come true to be able to share my passion with an audience.