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Meet The Musos: Get To Know Kenyan-Australian Rapper Brazen Barbie

21 July 2023 | 1:00 pm | Jessie Lynch

"My goal was to create a captivating and aspirational song, an anthem that exudes strength and determination."

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Brazen Barbie, the rising force in Australia's vibrant music scene who at just 18 is already captivating audiences with her unique fusion of rap and R&B, has officially her latest single Brand New.

Brand New is not your average track—it's a powerful, unapologetic anthem that showcases Brazen Barbie's lyrical prowess and distinctive flair.

With an air of confidence and a celebration of feminine strength, the single fearlessly embraces individuality, leaving listeners eager for more of her addictive beats and unforgettable hooks.

Hailing from Perth, Brazen Barbie has swiftly made her mark since bursting onto the scene in late 2021, with her undeniable talent landing her numerous spots on Spotify and propelling her music into the ears of a rapidly expanding fanbase.

Drawing inspiration from a blend of iconic figures like Lil' Kim, Missy Elliot, and Remy Ma, as well as contemporary legends such as Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, and Nicki Minaj, Brazen Barbie fearlessly carves her own path in the realm of hip-hop.

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But this is only the beginning of what Brazen Barbie has in store for her fans. Her forthcoming EP, aptly titled Brand New, promises to be a boundary-pushing, genre-blending adventure that challenges the status quo in all the right ways.

And don't miss the visual feast that awaits when her music video drops. Directed by the talented Joel Baker, it perfectly captures the essence of the song, giving you a taste of what's to come from this rising star in the music scene.

We caught up with Brazen Barbie to talk about all things creative and to hear more about her new single Brand New and upcoming EP plans. Check out what she had to say below.

PS: So, what is the story behind the name Brazen Barbie?

BB: Brazen has two meanings. One definition is ‘made of brass’, which reflects strength, and the other definition is ‘bold’.

I chose Brazen as I resonate with the definition and I like putting a positive spin to the word. I added Barbie at the end to put a more feminine sound to it because growing up, Barbie was my favourite franchise.

PS: What are your influences musically with writing and creating your sound?

BB: I draw influence from old-school artists such as Missy Elliot, Remy Ma and Ashanti as well as more current artists such as Cardi B, Megan thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj.

I also draw influence from things myself or people around me are experiencing.

PS: What is the story behind your new single Brand New?

BB: I wrote and recorded Brand New in December 2022, after self-development and developing as an artist, and turning my focus on myself and my artistry without distractions or limitations. The lyrics reflect my newfound confidence and tunnel vision.

PS: How was it working with Joel Baker for your video? Has he done anything else we have seen?

BB: Working with Joel Baker was amazing. He added a lot of creativity and ideas when directing and his talent definitely reflects in his work! Anybody that hasn’t seen his work should definitely go check his videos out.

PS: What are your go-to tracks atm?

BB: My go-to tracks are Freaky-T by Tiacorine and Rush by Ayra Starr.

PS: What can you tell us about your highly anticipated EP coming out soon?

BB: My EP consists of five tracks including two R&B tracks and three hip-hop tracks. I’m excited for listeners to hear the versatility and the hard work I put into it!

PS: What have been your career highlights so far?

BB: Performing locally at different events and clubs, I love being on stage and being able to connect with people through my music!