local talent

by Brian Clarey

Brand1 — Renaissance Man

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An animated “out of the norm” artist hailing from Fayetteville, Brand1 the Beast fills the mind with mixed lyrical style and genres of “good” music. Drawing inspiration and borrowing from various hip-hop artists such as Slick Rick, Lupe Fiasco, Common and De La Soul, his lyrical content and exuberant style of delivery sets him apart from the vast majorities of his dance-crazed simple and catchy counterparts. Currently, Brand1 the Beast is actively constructing his debut album working extensively with several collaborators, including local talent and his own band Batteries Included. Check him out at: includebateries or