The resurgence of eTc’s Open Mic Night has brought forth some very talented artists. It’s wild to think that we walk by some of these people week by week, not knowing the musical prowess they possess.

One such person is Brandon Marsalis, a Tacoma native who took the stage at the August open mic. He gave a brief introduction, explaining that he grew up on jazz and blues music which now influences his sound.

Now when you hear “jazz and blues influenced hip hop,” you might think you have an idea of what to expect. Erase those notions.

Marsalis’ first offering was a slow and smooth street memoir. The track was a contradiction in itself. A turbulent tale told over such peaceful production. It was soothing. It was appreciated. And it didn’t take long for the crowd to get involved, chanting the hook in a wave of varietal background vocals.

“God is gangsta, God know what’s good. When God comes down, he’s gonna bless the hood.”

And his second song? Another contradiction. Who knew that a song called Broke could sound so rich? Think The Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight, think an unapologetic declaration, think of a song that would have an open mic night bumpin, two steppin, and swingin. Then press play and tell me what you think. Honestly, if you don’t at least hit a head nod or shoulder raise while this song plays, I need to alert the authorities.

It’s not just the fusion of multiple genres, but his delivery as well that makes it so great. Not to pass off hard work, but it nearly sounds effortless, as if his conversation is delivered the same way that he raps.

When I saw the official release of this track, I was ecstatic. I’m a dancing ass woman and this song is definitely one of those “Heyyy, turn that up!” tracks that gets your feet moving.

I’m excited to hear more from Brandon, as he’s hinted at more new music soon. But until then, I’m bumpin Broke like I just went bankrupt! Press play below to hear it yourself. And don’t forget to turn the volume up.


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