The term “keeping it real” has been used quite a bit in hip-hop circles, but these days, many rappers are keeping it in the fantasy realm. With their decadent, hedonist lyrics about bling-bling, expensive liquor, luxury cars, casual sex with supermodels and nonstop clubbing, those MCs aren’t keeping it real, but rather, are offering listeners a diet of pure escapism. That’s how they roll. However, Connecticut rapper Chris Rapple, a.k.a. Brash, takes a much more introspective and thoughtful approach on Mind Flex.
Connecticut hip-hop artist Brash A.K.A Chris Rapple brings us his latest visual GEARS. I find the video to fit well with the setting and tone of the track. Dope! If you’re feeling the track you gotta get GEARS off of his Mind Flex album. I took a listen and so should you. The video was directed by Edwin Escobar and the beat was produced by Kajmir Royale.
Review by Jason Randall Smith (Freelance writer)
Connecticut is rarely ever the first place that people think of when it comes to hip-hop, usually trailing behind New York and New Jersey in the minds of many. However, for those who are curious enough to dig beneath the surface of the music, they will find a growing and thriving underground scene populated with emcees prepared for lyrical combat and DJs armed with superior turntable techniques. Brash is one of those microphone wreckers in waiting, toiling at the day job in order to get wild for the night. Founder of the Aeon Audio record label, his Mind Flex album serves as not only a platform for his stellar wordplay, but as a reminder of Connecticut’s rightful place in hip-hop.
Tyler Grover, TwoGroove.com (Website is gone)
..On the other hand, skilled lyricists, DJs, and producers have a special place in my heart. Jurassic 5, RJD2, Cut Chemist, Eminem, and even Twista are occupants of said place. Now they are going to have to make room for Connecticut’s Brash.
Fans of Underground Rap will certainly enjoy the realness of Brash as he spits rhythm and rhymes with a mission. His lyrical style is unmatched to many other cats in the entrainment business, and he knows how to delight and entertain his fans.
Dan Berry for The Hartford Advocate (2009ish)
Brash, an MC from Ledyard, had a short set that hit like a bombshell. He had incredible enunciation—a skill that seems lost on a lot of MCs (even some famous ones). You could easily understand his words and follow a verse, which was ideal, since he was weaving some complex narratives. The second (and final) song of his performance was a chilling story. In the first verse, a selfish, have-it-all type college student gets loaded, and promptly gets behind the wheel of his car. In the second verse, we’re introduced to a smart, ambitious girl who dreams of leading a life of service. She happens to be walking home late at night. You figure out what happens next. I liked that Brash didn’t opt for Wu-Tang-style realism (“blood all over the hot concrete”), but instead let his listeners imagine the details, telling us only that now there was a “hole in her parents’ hearts” that would never be filled. It was foreboding shit, punctuated with chants of “fuck what you heard, ‘cuz the world ain’t round.” And the whole time he was wrapping his free arm around his chest, emoting like he couldn’t bear to tell the story. Awesome.