Genre/Style: Hip Hop, Rap
Single Info: Brainpower – Nothing
Length Track: 00:03:14
Tracks: 1 (one)
Listen (via iTunes): DOWNLOAD HERE
Label: LYRIC Recordings
More Information: Brainpower – Official Website
I reckon most of you lot won’t have a clue who MC Brianpower is. I think you’ve got to be Dutch or Belgian to know who he is. A famous MC/rapper, who had several hits in the Dutch top 40, like ‘Dansplaat’, ‘Non Stop’, ‘Boks Ouwe’, ‘Voel De Vibe’, and the list goes on and on. Back in the 90s/early 00s I bought his singles, and after a quick look in my closet, I found them again. Time to go mad, time to ‘boks’ everyone and dance on ‘Dansplaat’. This man is a Dutch legend, and with this new single and album he’s reaching out for the rest of the world. So when I was given this single, I was a very happy Dutchman. There’s a short story I shall reveil right now.
As most of you know, I do work at a service station. My shift was over, and what I normally do, is chat with my colleague. I did exactly that, and all of a sudden 2 men walked into our shop. At first I didn’t knew who they were, seeing as my celebrity radar never works (seen many celebrities, but never recognise them at all), but when the first bloke walked towards the till, the alarm went off. I couldn’t place his face, seeing as they don’t appear in gossip magazines, but his face was familiar. Turned out this man was TLM! My colleague didn’t have a clue, but all of a sudden the second man turned around, and it hit me: this was Brainpower himself! My colleague still didn’t have a clue, so I showed him a picture, and it was him. After they left the shop (I never ask for an autograph or a picture, seeing as I see these people as humans too, and they must get annoyed by thousands of people asking it daily), Brianpower walked back into the shop, with a present: 2 singles, one for my colleague and one for me. And it’s the single I’m talking about: ‘Nothing’. I’m going to use a ‘gangsta’ term, which I normally don’t use at all, but ‘that was dope!’
The single was and still is awesome! But there’s a darker side to this all: at work we talked about our colleague who commited suicide, and guess what this song is about?! Yes, exactly that. Quite dark, and coincidental, isn’t it? We talked about suicide, and the single we had in our hands was about that.
There’s only one track on the single, which you can get right now from iTunes. Or purchase his whole album. Buy everything if necessary, but if you are not Dutch, you will not have a clue when he rhyhmes in Dutch.
01. Brianpower – Nothing
See, that’s a short list. But the track is quite powerful, quite moving and touching.
The track starts quite unusual: during the first couple of seconds I thought I was in an elevator. Calm and relaxing music. You know what kind of music I’m referring to. Posh companies always have elevator music, and during the first 10 seconds I thought I was going to the top of a sky scraper. But quickly I was woken up by MC Brainpower’s lyrics.
Suicide isn’t one of the easiest things to talk about. And even though Brainpower makes it sound easy, it’s not. Very touching to hear him talk about a friend, who’s amongst the stars right now. If you want to hear beautiful lyrics (and also elevator music), I would urge you to get this right now.
The only sad bit about this track is its length. But Brainpower does exactly that what he’s famous for: rhyhme as fast as only he can, and he delivers. If you have never heard of this man before, and you are Dutch, shame on you. If you are not Dutch, I can understand, but it’s never too late to be introduced. Check this man out, he has made so many English tracks, so check him out. A living legend.
The reason why he was at the service station was the fact that he performed in Maastricht.
Want to know how succesful this man is? He has won so many awards, including TMF Awards for ‘Best Rap National’, ‘Best Urban National’. Also an MTV award for being ‘Best Dutch Act’. And also a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’. Now it’s time for you to indulge yourself into a world filled with Brainpower music.
Thanks Brainpower and TLM. This single will go in my collection, amongst the single section. It will be up front, the shitty singles will be in the back. Yours will be up front, seeing as it’s the coolest single I ever received. And the only single I received from the artist himself!
Check out the Youtube video. Wicked track. Seriously one of the dopest tracks of 2015. I’m too white to be cool and to fully understand Hip Hop, but this track goes way beyond everything. This music is universal, and can be understood by every living soul.