Beedie (rapper)

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Beedie
Birth nameBrian Green
Born (1988-01-19) January 19, 1988 (age 31)
New York, New York, U.S.
OriginPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active2007 – present
LabelsIndependent[1]
Associated actsThe Ill Spoken, Mac Miller, One Be Lo, Wiz Khalifa
Websitewww.beedieland.com

Brian Benjamin Green (born January 19, 1988), better known by his stage name Beedie, is an American rapper based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since the beginning of his career, Beedie has increased his fan base in the underground music scene, through internet and traveling.[2] Born in New York City to a family of working entertainers, Beedie moved around as a youth, but eventually his family relocated to his mother's hometown of Pittsburgh in 2001.[3] He began his career in 2007 with fellow Pittsburgh emcee Mac Miller as the duo The Ill Spoken.[2]

Music career[edit]

Background & The Ill Spoken[edit]

After releasing How High: The Mixtape with Mac Miller on October 27, 2008,[4] the two emcees began their focus on building solo careers.[5] Beedie has cited J. Dilla and Kanye West as musical influences, and describes his sound as "classic hip-hop with a new-school twist".[3] Beedie's grandmother is well-known opera singer Mildred Miller.[5]

The Beat Bully LP & Varsity Squad[edit]

On June 30, 2011, Beedie released his first album unofficially, titled The Beat Bully LP.[6] The album was well received by music critics.[7] According to Beedie, this album shows a lot of growth as an artist, and he considers it his official debut.[8] Varsity Squad is a group/crew consisting of emcees Beedie and Jon Quest, who announced the forming of the group while performing alongside Method Man & Redman in Pittsburgh in August 2010.[9] The two emcees released a collaborative album titled New School Boom Bap on February 7, 2012. Their work garnered the attention of many influential underground acts such as One Be Lo of Binary Star, who tapped Varsity Squad for a feature on his 2011 Laborhood Part 2 mixtape in the song "U Minor, We Major",[10] as well as producer Buckwild of DITC.[11][12]

Above The Weather[edit]

After releasing a stream of viral music videos on YouTube,[13][14] Beedie released his next solo effort titled Above The Weather on August 13, 2012.[5][15] The project featured production from the likes of Statik Selektah,[16][17] Buckwild of DITC[11][12] and more. The release garnered the attention of many publications including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette[18] and Pittsburgh City Paper, who featured Beedie for a cover story on September 26, 2012.[5] Soon after, Beedie and Mac Miller reunited to release another track as The Ill Spoken on October 23, 2012.[19] On January 5, 2013, producer Git released a single titled "Magic Spaceship" featuring Sean Price, Beedie and fellow Pittsburgh rapper B. White[20]

Counter Culture & work with Wiz Khalifa[edit]

Beedie appeared on Sirius Radio's Shade 45 station with Statik Selektah on May 30, 2013, where he announced his next release would be titled Counter Culture.[21] After many delays, the album was finally released digitally on December 22, 2015,[22] followed shortly after with a mixtape titled B-$ide$ Vol. 1: Lo$t Dream$ released on Beedie's 28th birthday, January 19, 2016.[23] As suggested by the title, the mixtape featured lost and scrapped songs during the long recording process between Above The Weather and Counter Culture.[23] Around this time Beedie formed a friendship with fellow Pittsburgh artist Wiz Khalifa,[24] who brought out Beedie to perform on various tour dates[25] and eventually featuring on the song "Make A Wish" on Counter Culture.[26]

Discography[edit]

Solo Albums
  • The Beat Bully LP (June 30, 2011)[27]
  • Above The Weather (August 13, 2012)[15]
  • Counter Culture (December 22, 2015)[22]

Solo Mixtapes

  • Most Slept On (October 30, 2009)[28]
  • Sleeping In (March 15, 2010)[29]
  • Ruff Draft: J. Dilla Changed My Life! (February 10, 2011)[30]
  • B-$ide$ Vol. 1: Lo$t Dream$ (January 19, 2016)[23]
With Mac Miller as The Ill Spoken
  • How High: The Mixtape (October 27, 2008)[4][5]

With Jon Quest as Varsity Squad

  • New School Boom Bap (February 7, 2012)[5][31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "[Read In Full] JENESIS February 2014 Issue Featuring Beedie - JENESIS Magazine". February 17, 2014.
  2. ^ a b http://www.reppittsburghhiphop.com/2010/10/17/behind-the-mic-beedie/
  3. ^ a b http://pittnews.com/newsstory/beedie-seeks-to-establish-rap-culture-in-steel-city/
  4. ^ a b "DJ Diggz , DJ Rated R & The Ill Spoken - How High (The Mixtape) | MixtapeTorrent.com". www.mixtapetorrent.com. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Webb, Rory D. "Being Beedie". Pittsburgh City Paper. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 5, 2011. Retrieved September 27, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws/pittsburgh/local-mc-beedie-is-ready-for-the-boom-bap-big-time/Content?oid=1397701
  8. ^ http://hot16sand1.com/?p=419
  9. ^ http://www.reppittsburghhiphop.com/2010/08/19/varsity-squad-debuts-at-meth-red-show/
  10. ^ "Laborhood Part 2, by One Be Lo". One Be Lo. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  11. ^ a b TreeJTV2 (August 6, 2012), Beedie - Robert Marley (prod. Buckwild), retrieved April 8, 2016
  12. ^ a b TreeJTV2 (December 5, 2013), Beedie - Slow Ride (prod. Buckwild & Nick Brongers), retrieved April 8, 2016
  13. ^ "TreeJTV2". YouTube. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  14. ^ "BeedieLand". YouTube. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  15. ^ a b "Beedie - Above The Weather". DatPiff. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  16. ^ "Beedie - "Home" | Prod. Statik Selektah | BREAL.TV". BREAL.TV. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  17. ^ TreeJTV2 (April 8, 2013), Beedie (Prod. Statik Selektah) - "Home" (Official Video), retrieved April 8, 2016
  18. ^ "Local Scene: Beedie back with new album". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  19. ^ "Listen: The Ill Spoken (Mac Miller & Beedie) "Paid Dues (The Reunion)"". Complex. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  20. ^ "Git Beats ft. Sean Price, B.White & Beedie – Magic Spaceship | Nah Right". Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  21. ^ "Adub on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  22. ^ a b "Beedie on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  23. ^ a b c "Beedie on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  24. ^ "The 25 Best Hip-Hop Instagram Pictures Of The Week - Beedie and Wiz Khalifa". Complex. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  25. ^ Wiz Khalifa (June 25, 2014), DayToday: Showtime, retrieved April 8, 2016
  26. ^ "Premiere: Listen to Beedie's "Make a Wish" f/ Wiz Khalifa". Complex. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  27. ^ "Beedie - The Beat Bully". DatPiff. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  28. ^ ".... Sh@ntydorm ....: Beedie - "MOST SLEPT ON" mixtape download". shantydorm.blogspot.com. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  29. ^ ".... Sh@ntydorm ....: Beedie - "SLEEPING IN" free mixtape download". shantydorm.blogspot.com. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  30. ^ "Beedie - Ruff Draft: J Dilla Changed My Life". DatPiff. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  31. ^ "Varsity Squad - New School Boom Bap". DatPiff. Retrieved April 8, 2016.