Glad You Came- Tef Poe ft. Bryant Stewart

February 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm (Music) (, , )

St. Louis artist Bryant Stewart drops off some music

Glad You Came- Tef Poe ft. Bryant Stewart

This morning I wanted to drop off to you guys a joint I did with St.Louis’ Tef Poe if you all haven’t heard of him just do your research though he may or may not have been featured on your site before. Tef and I did a song called Glad You Came from his upcoming project Money Never Sleeps(brought to you by: The Smoking Section). — Bryant Stewart

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Emmanuel Jal, Blitz the Ambassador & More on The Journalist Tuesday Feb. 9th– 4 PM-6 PM EST

February 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm (Daily Offerings, Entertainment, Exclusive, interview, Live Stream, Music, News, Sports) (, , , )

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Fear Revisited- Bryant Stewart

January 29, 2010 at 7:27 am (Music) (, , )

20-year-old Bryant Stewart is St. Louis' freshest artist.

Fear (Revisited)- Bryant Stewart

Bryant Stewart addresses the Drake comparisons, covering the Fear beat…

Interpersonal Love coming soon…

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Blame It On The Game- Bryant Stewart ft. Gerard Walker

January 16, 2010 at 3:19 pm (Exclusive, interview, Music) (, , , )

Blame It On The Game (Remix) ft. Gerard Walker

Shout outs to Bryant Stewart who spoke with The Journalist about his upcoming projects, and the comparisons between Drake’s sound and his sound.

Click here for the write up of the interview…

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A Perfect Interview with Bryant Stewart

January 9, 2010 at 1:57 pm (interview, Music) (, , , , , , , , , )

20-year-old Bryant Stewart is St. Louis' freshest artist.

Once he was handed that Ludacris CD, Bryant Stewart’s dreams were centered on being the witty, yet introspective voice of new school Hip-Hop.

Stewart grew up in a middle class household in the often vilified city of St. Louis, which is known for ruffian behavior and various criminal acts.

Despite not being caught up in the grittiness of the streets, Stewart still faced his own difficulties. Shortly after receiving the gift of a karaoke machine in the eighth grade and beginning to record himself as a rapper,  Stewart lost both of his grandparents and witnessed his parents divorce. Those events, in the span of a few years, drained a young Stewart and put a slump on his musical aspirations.

But determined not to sit back and waste away, he picked up the mike again and started to make his move.

Now, Stewart is set on signing an indie deal. He is putting out his next mixtape Interpersonal Love on Valentine’s Day, which will feature more of his singing abilities. He is also representing IM KING clothing line. And this summer, we can expect an album from him that is set to be a “classic,” according to the man himself.

But before any of that is set in stone, Stewart called The Journalist in order to delve into St. Louis’ music, his movement, and his competition.

The Journalist: Explain to the people where you’re from and how you got into making the music that you make that is

"Me coming into this, I’m very hungry."

outside the realm of the Nelly’s and the Chingy’s, and the other rappers that have come from St. Louis.

Bryant Stewart: Ever since I was about 11 or 12, I really started paying attention to the music scene; it seemed like everything was repetitive. It seemed like everything that the artists that were new out of St. Louis were doing, somebody did it before them.

And I never wanted to be the type of person that did anything that somebody else did. I always had the mindset of bringing about something new. People tend to grav[itate] toward something that’s a new concept, so I wanted to make music that was different to what you normally hear out of St. Louis. Because to me, that would make somebody turn their heads faster than if I made a club song or a dance track—something that you know would come out St. Louis.

The Journalist: You are something different. How does that affect you in your home state… in your home city?

Bryant Stewart: It’s kind of a gamble here, because people are so tuned in to that one type of sound. If you bring something new, they’re hesitant to take it in or hesitant to listen.

I think it’s like anything new. If they were to take the Arch down tomorrow people would complain for a while. But if they put something in its place, ten years later, people would eventually conform to it—okay, that’s the new monument for St. Louis.

The Journalist: You came out recently with a mixtape called A Perfect Change and you had an introduction video to it.

Can you explain to us the introduction video and how you came up with your mixtape title?

Bryant Stewart: There’s different reasons why you see different things in the video. If you go back and look at the video, I’m walking through an upscale neighborhood, because traditionally if you see a St. Louis artist, they’re always in the inner city or urban areas of St. Louis.

It’s kinda like when they show us the kids in Africa, the kids that are starving. Americans start to get that mindset that all of Africa is like that, but it’s really not like that. So I didn’t want anybody to get the mindset that all St. Louis is an inner city, urbanized area, because it’s really not like that. We have upscale places as well.

Two, the video is in black and white. I didn’t want put any color in there, so your only focal point would be me. And you would actually have to listen what I’m saying, the whole speech about society as a whole and not just music.

And that kinda derives from the mixtape, A Perfect Change. Here in St. Louis, the sound is so much different than what I’m making. So if I want to get people to listen to something else, I have to change their mindset. So I wanted to bring about that perfect change, something that everyone could listen to, yet it was different.

The Journalist: How did that whole project come about with you doing the remix to XV’s “Me, You” featuring Freddie Gibbs and Shawn Chrystopher?

Bryant Stewart: I’m like you got Indiana, you got Wyoming, you got Inglewood, I’m like they’re leaders of the new school. But we are definitely missing the movement that I’m trying to bring in here. And so, without I asking them, I’m throwing a verse on there–I don’t care.

I want everybody to hear what I have to say, from my city. So I threw a verse on there and it started to pick up. A sometimes  I forget what an impact A Perfect Change has, because as soon as I put it on my twitter, blogs started to pick it up.

It kinda the unofficial remix to the remix.

The Journalist: How did that sample for “When It Rains” come about? And what does that song mean to you?

Bryant Stewart: As you know, we’re slowly but surely coming out of a recession. I’m kind of the go to guy with my friends, if they have a problem.

“When It Rains” kinda derives from, sure we’ll have rainy days and things will seem all bad, but that’s what umbrellas are made for. Umbrellas are made to shield us from the rain. It’s a metaphor song, as if you’re having a bad day, just get your umbrella and keep going.

If you’re hoping for the best, it can only get better. Things can’t stay the same for a long period of time. There has to be change somewhere along the line. And I just wanted to make a track that everybody could gravitate toward and listen to. Even when you’re feeling bad, you can listen to it, and hopefully if you hear my voice it might uplift you and say, “The day doesn’t have to be this bad.”

The Journalist: When I listened to A Perfect Change in full. I thought you had a Drake sound with lyrics closer to Kanye from College Dropout.

Drake (left) and Kanye West (right) are the headliners of Rap's fresh sound.

Is that what you’re trying to do—bring the intellectual to the party scene?

Bryant Stewart: It’s just the way my style is; I didn’t do it intentionally. If I had came out before Drake, it would have been flip flopped like Drake, you sound like Bryant Stewart.

I remember in ’06, the clothing company that I used to work for was conducting interviews. So I did an interview with Drake. And I remember listening to his music and his raps. And I was like that sounds pretty cool. Then I heard he sings, I’m like, “Are you kidding me?” I’m like definitely if he gets mainstream somewhere along the line, they’re definitely going to be comparing us. So I was like okay, whatever.


Then three years later– BOOM, [there’s] this big Drake explosion. So I don’t let it affect me, because I knew coming into this that those comparisons were going to be flying everywhere.

And I think with the College Dropout sound that is true as far as the lyrics, cuz if you listen to College Dropout, you can hear that hunger in his voice. And as he’s gone through different things since College Dropout; he can’t really rap about those things. He can’t really have that hunger. The hunger’s over; he’s more than full right now.

Me coming into this, I’m very hungry. And you can hear that hunger in my lyrics.

The Journalist

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XV Me,You Remix Ft. Freddie Gibbs, Shawn Chrystopher, and Bryant Stewart

January 8, 2010 at 8:39 am (Music) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Shout Outs to Bryant Stewart for hittin’ me up with this. Listen and download here.

Be sure to check out his mixtape A Perfect Change.

And be on the look out for Bryant waxin’ poetics with me,
as well as Donwill of Tanya Morgan, Asher Roth, Aloe Blacc of Emanon and more…

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Bryant Stewart’s A Perfect Change Mixtape

December 20, 2009 at 5:39 pm (Mixtape, Music) (, )

Download here… And peep his interview with The Journalist here.

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