Meet Brionne, The Princess of Dallas

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written by chioma nwana, photographed by easblk

Initially, I was going to use it as a marketing scheme. I was making graphic tees and dad hats, and I wanted to make jingle[s] to promote my brand.

Just a little more than five months ago, 22-year-old Brionne had no intentions of breaking into the rap game, but now that this Dallas rapper is here, it’s evident that she didn’t come to play. Brionne’s dedication to poetry in high school and college came in handy when she started designing clothing. In an attempt to step her sales up, she wrote jingles to catch people’s attention and reel in more customers. After some time and some encouragement from her friends, Brionne decided to try her hand at writing more complex rhymes. Since then, she hasn’t stopped working. In the past five months, we’ve received quite a bit of music from this new artist: Brionne has dropped freestyles over Three 6 Mafia’s “Who Run It,” Nicki Minaj’s “Chun Li,” Tupac’s “Hit ‘Em Up,” and Beyoncé’s “Kitty Kat.” Brionne seems to be making a name for herself through her remixes and freestyles, but she was gracious enough to gift us an original song and music video.

 

 Just last month, she released her debut single, “CILANTRO,” a bold and confident self-introduction rap laid over a Latin-infused beat influenced by producer Metro Boomin and Brazilian singer, Nazaré Pereira. Though she had originally written the song’s hook and first verse to another beat, as she listened to Big Sean’s “Who’s Stopping Me,” she realized that she wanted to take her song in different direction. Inspired by Metro Boomin’s sample of Nazaré Pereira’s “Clarão De Lua” on the song, Brionne presented the idea of doing something similar to her producer LC DON, and, thus, “CILANTRO” was born. In the song, Brionne doesn’t hesitate to remind people of who she is, referring to herself as the “Black Madonna” and telling her haters, “If I act like you, I won’t be rich.” Despite the seriousness of her lyrics, the story behind the song name is pretty funny, stemming from Brionne’s relationship with cilantro. “I really do say ‘hold the cilantro’ on my tacos. I hate cilantro.”

 

Brionne describes herself as liberated and rebellious, and you can hear it in her lyrics, but more importantly she describes herself as a person who is all about striving for the next step towards success. Failure is not an option for Brionne, as she explains that her goals are much bigger than herself. It’s common for rappers to fall in love with the game for the fame and accolades, but Brionne’s goal is a little more selfless: “Fuck the fame, the chains, [all that] extra shit. I want to know I can be able to afford my crib and my mama’s new crib one day. I want to be the breadwinner for my people because I feel like that’s God’s plan for me. I also want to use my platform to give back to my city. Dallas needs so much help, and it’s time for people to take responsibility. Including me.”

Chioma NwanaComment