BbyMutha

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Bbymutha
Birth nameBrittnee Moore
Born1989 (age 29–30)
Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active2014–present
Associated acts

Brittnee Moore, known professionally by the stage name of bbymutha, is an American rapper. She was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A single mother to two pairs of twins, bbymutha's persona is heavily influenced by her experiences of black single motherhood. In a 2017 interview Moore described herself as a 'stay-at-home mom' who earns her income through rapping.[1] She began her career through SoundCloud, where she released her first track, "Slut". In 2017, she rose to prominence within underground hip hop after the video for her song "Rules" went viral. As of December 2018, her debut studio album, Christine, has yet to be scheduled for release;[2] the album is produced by SXYLK and My Friend Meesha.[3] She has collaborated with Rico Nasty, DONCHRISTIAN, and God Colony.

Early life[edit]

Moore was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Both of her parents were in high school at the time of her birth.[4] Moore was raised primarily by her mother, a religious Christian.[1] Her father, a barber,[1] was physically abusive.[4] She has a younger brother.[5]

Moore had a turbulent adolescence. At school, Moore was an outcast and was bullied.[6] At the age of 12, she moved to Pensacola with her mother.[6] After physically assaulting a teacher at her school, Moore was committed to a psychiatric ward, where she was diagnosed with depression and ADHD.[1] She was expelled from the school, and moved back to Tennessee.[6] By the age of 13, Moore had began selling drugs and having sex with older boys.[4] At 17, she became pregnant with her first pair of twins, Mekel and Mekeila, who she has raised alone, describing the children's father as a 'pedophile'.[4]

Moore would listen to rap music at her father's house during her summer break from school.[1] Beginning in early childhood, she enjoyed writing.[6] She began writing poetry in fourth grade,[7] and became interested in music and performance after participating and winning a dance competition with her cousins in elementary school.[4] She began rapping in tenth grade.[7] During that year, Moore and her cousins formed a group called Money over Niggas.[6]

Career[edit]

Moore's "first official song" as a solo artist was "Slut".[8] Moore released the song on SoundCloud. She performed under the stage name Cindyy Kushh from the age of "17 or 18",[7] before changing her stage name to bbymutha. The name was inspired by her experience of being called a "baby mama" by the other female partner of her unfaithful boyfriend.[5]

After working in retail and in call centres for several years,[4] she became pregnant with her second pair of twins, Khloe and Tyler, after moving to Nashville to study fashion design.[1] The father of the twins was abusive, and he disapproved of Moore's rapping, leading Moore to take a hiatus from her rap career.[6] After giving birth to her second pair of twins, Moore moved back to Chattanooga[6] and returned to rapping.[8] In December 2015, she released a three-song EP entitled Weave.[9]

Breakthrough[edit]

In December 2016, Moore released the EP Glow Kit. The EP was included in "20 best Bandcamp releases of 2017". In 2017, the track "Rules", which was produced by Luna God, was released as a single from the EP. The music video for the song was later released in August on YouTube.[4] The video went viral, and led to Moore to receive attention from prominent R&B musicians SZA and Kehlani.[10] The track was also played by Björk as part of a DJ set,[4] and was featured in FADER's "101 best songs of 2017".[11]

In 2018, Moore has released three EPs so far. In January 2018, Muthaz Day 2 was released.[12] The EP featured production from Rock Floyd and Crystal Caines.[13] This was followed by BbyShoe, which was released in February 2018 to positive reviews.[14] The EP also received praise from Pitchfork.[15] In May 2018, Moore released a surprise EP entitled Free Brittanee.[16] Moore performed at Toronto Pride in June 2018.[17]

"Indian Hair", a track from Moore's 2015 EP, Weave, featured in the soundtrack to the second season of Netflix series Dear White People.[18]

Artistry[edit]

Moore's music has been described as genre-defying. Her lyrics address themes including sexism, sexuality, and relationships, and have been described as sex positive. She is leading the charge for a new wave of women in rap/hip-hop.

Influences[edit]

Moore has credited Gucci Mane as her biggest musical influence.[6] She has also listed Southern hip hop artists Trina, La Chat, and Gangsta Boo as influences.[19] She has described her music as being influenced by living in the ghetto in Chattanooga.[7] Her music is also influenced by her religious upbringing in Tennessee, in the Bible Belt.[20]

She is known for having a colourful fashion sense and frequently wearing different wigs.[4] Moore has named Jimi Hendrix, Lil Kim, and Kelis as style influences.[21]

Controversies[edit]

Moore has received abuse on Twitter, particularly after the viral success of "Rules".[20] Moore has accused detractors of colorism,[1] for example for saying that she should have sold her song to Nicki Minaj, a lighter skinned black rapper.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Moore lives in Tennessee with her four children. Her father lives next door to her, and helps her with childcare when she travels to perform.[20] In a 2015 interview, Moore stated that she is not at a point in her life where she is ready for a relationship, having previously had unhealthy relationships.[22] Moore identifies as bisexual.[23]

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Weave (2015)
  • Muthaz Day (2015)
  • Glow Kit: Blk Girl (2016)
  • Muthaz Day 2 (2018)
  • BbyShoe (2018)
  • Free Brittnee (2018)
  • Muthaz Day 3 (2018)
  • The Bastard Tape, Vol. 1 (2018)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Dazed (2017-10-11). "Meet BbyMutha: the 'black Marge Simpson' who can really rap". Dazed. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  2. ^ "Catching Up With BbyMutha". PAPER. 2 November 2018.
  3. ^ "BbyMutha announces her debut album Christine". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "In bbymutha we trust". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  5. ^ a b "BbyMutha is the anti-parental advisory rapper who's putting us all on game". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Interview with BBYMUTHA". Mask Magazine. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  7. ^ a b c d "Featured Artist: Brittnee Moore a.k.a Bbymutha - TheHoodHippie". TheHoodHippie. 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  8. ^ a b "Rapper Bbymutha on Creativity and Parenting | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  9. ^ "WEAVE EP". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  10. ^ Dazed (2018-04-24). "Vote for BbyMutha on the #Dazed100". Dazed. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  11. ^ "The 101 best songs of 2017". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  12. ^ "BbyMutha Shares New Song "The Come Up"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  13. ^ "Bbymutha Raps Over Grimes' "Genesis" On Muthaz Day 2 | IndieCurrent". indiecurrent.com. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  14. ^ "Bbymutha Has Plenty of Truth To Tell on the Smooth BbyShoe EP - MEFeater". mefeater.com. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  15. ^ "Great Records You May Have Missed: Winter 2018 | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  16. ^ "BbyMutha shares surprise EP Free Brittnee". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  17. ^ Ritchie, Kevin (2018-06-21). "Nine can't-miss artists playing Toronto Pride 2018". NOW Magazine. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  18. ^ Greene, Steve (2018-05-05). "'Dear White People' Soundtrack: All the Songs from Season 2 at Winchester". IndieWire. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  19. ^ "Interview: Bbymutha". Capitol Sound DC. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  20. ^ a b c "BbyMutha Is Unfiltered, Unashamed, And Unfazed By Your Hate". NYLON. 2018-03-30. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  21. ^ White, Brooklyn. "Meet the Tennessee Rapper Stanned by Björk and Earl Sweatshirt". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  22. ^ "FAQ WITH BBYMUTHA". themuthaboard. 2015-04-29. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  23. ^ "Life Tips with BbyMutha". Office Magazine. 2018-02-28. Retrieved 2018-11-20.