Beedie (rapper)

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Beedie
Birth name Brian Green
Born (1988-01-19) January 19, 1988 (age 29)
New York, New York, U.S.
Origin Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2007 – present
Labels Independent[1]
Associated acts The Ill Spoken, Mac Miller, One Be Lo, Wiz Khalifa
Website www.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. ^ http://www.jenesismagazine.com/read-in-full-jenesis-february-2014-issue-featuring-beedie-2/
  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 2016-04-07. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Webb, Rory D. "Being Beedie". Pittsburgh City Paper. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  6. ^ http://www.brainofbmw.com/2011/06/beatbullylp/
  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 2016-04-08. 
  11. ^ a b TreeJTV2 (2012-08-06), Beedie - Robert Marley (prod. Buckwild), retrieved 2016-04-08 
  12. ^ a b TreeJTV2 (2013-12-05), Beedie - Slow Ride (prod. Buckwild & Nick Brongers), retrieved 2016-04-08 
  13. ^ "TreeJTV2". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  14. ^ "BeedieLand". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  15. ^ a b "Beedie - Above The Weather". DatPiff. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  16. ^ "Beedie - "Home" | Prod. Statik Selektah | BREAL.TV". BREAL.TV. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  17. ^ TreeJTV2 (2013-04-08), Beedie (Prod. Statik Selektah) - "Home" (Official Video), retrieved 2016-04-08 
  18. ^ "Local Scene: Beedie back with new album". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  19. ^ "Listen: The Ill Spoken (Mac Miller & Beedie) "Paid Dues (The Reunion)"". Complex. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  20. ^ "Git Beats ft. Sean Price, B.White & Beedie – Magic Spaceship | Nah Right". Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  21. ^ "Adub on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  22. ^ a b "Beedie on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  23. ^ a b c "Beedie on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  24. ^ "The 25 Best Hip-Hop Instagram Pictures Of The Week - Beedie and Wiz Khalifa". Complex. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  25. ^ Wiz Khalifa (2014-06-25), DayToday: Showtime, retrieved 2016-04-08 
  26. ^ "Premiere: Listen to Beedie's "Make a Wish" f/ Wiz Khalifa". Complex. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  27. ^ "Beedie - The Beat Bully". DatPiff. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  28. ^ ".... Sh@ntydorm ....: Beedie - "MOST SLEPT ON" mixtape download". shantydorm.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  29. ^ ".... Sh@ntydorm ....: Beedie - "SLEEPING IN" free mixtape download". shantydorm.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  30. ^ "Beedie - Ruff Draft: J Dilla Changed My Life". DatPiff. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  31. ^ "Varsity Squad - New School Boom Bap". DatPiff. Retrieved 2016-04-08.