10 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Based in Portland, Oregon, Braille is known mostly for his work with LIGHTheaded, though he's also dropped several quality solo albums. Weapon Aid is his sixth official record, and is even more intensely personal and autobiographical than his earlier material, with many of the tracks focused exclusively on his family life and struggles to overcome various personal challenges. Produced mostly by Big Jess (of Unknown Prophets), it sports 10 solid tracks overflowing with themes of struggle, anger, self-improvement, and redemption, with the main figures being Braille himself, his wife, daughter, and Jesus. Despite the heavy, heart-on-his-sleeve lyricism, it comes off neither depressing nor over-the-top, just an extremely raw and honest piece of music that "keeps it real" a lot more than most. Standout selections: "Give Myself," "Resurrect Me," and "Nothing Left to Say."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Based in Portland, Oregon, Braille is known mostly for his work with LIGHTheaded, though he's also dropped several quality solo albums. Weapon Aid is his sixth official record, and is even more intensely personal and autobiographical than his earlier material, with many of the tracks focused exclusively on his family life and struggles to overcome various personal challenges. Produced mostly by Big Jess (of Unknown Prophets), it sports 10 solid tracks overflowing with themes of struggle, anger, self-improvement, and redemption, with the main figures being Braille himself, his wife, daughter, and Jesus. Despite the heavy, heart-on-his-sleeve lyricism, it comes off neither depressing nor over-the-top, just an extremely raw and honest piece of music that "keeps it real" a lot more than most. Standout selections: "Give Myself," "Resurrect Me," and "Nothing Left to Say."

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About Braille

A Christian rapper from Portland, OR, influenced by the positivity of A Tribe Called Quest in the midst of gangsta rap's heyday, Braille Brizzy started making music as a teen and had released Lifefirst: Half the Battle by the time he was 17. With a poor response, difficult times followed, and after a job cleaning out repossessed homes proved unsatisfactory, he decided to follow his heart and hit the road with his wife to tour the country in his van, living off the money made from selling merchandise at shows. By 2004, he had saved enough to record a second album and collaborated with 9th Wonder and Rob Swift to make Shades of Grey. URB Magazine took notice, naming him an upcoming artist to watch, and James Brown took notice as well, inviting him to open up for the Godfather of Soul on his 2005 and 2006 tour. The spiritual Box of Rhymes followed, along with a tour with his idols De La Soul. In 2008, he dropped his fourth album, The IV Edition, featuring members of Lifesavas and Cunninlynguists as guests. ~ Jason Lymangrover

  • ORIGIN
    Portland, OR
  • BORN
    1982

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