Brooklyn rapper and songwriter Lola Brooke admits she doesn’t really plan on taking over the world. Instead, she wants people to who she is and what she’s capable of doing when she sets foot into a recording studio. As a young and talented female artist, music is giving her the opportunity to express her feelings. When Brooke started rapping at the age of eight, she knew ever since then, this is what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
I just want the people to know who I am because I’m coming strong!
For Industry News Magazine‘s ‘Artist to Watch’ in 2020 series, we feature Brooke as she proves why she deserves the key to the city.
Tell us a little bit your Brooklyn community. How influential has it been in your approach to music. For example do you write lyrically better because of your experiences? How has BK inspired the way you create music?
Brooklyn of course has its ups and corrupts, but it gave me a vision and a voice. I write lyrically better when I’m in my feelings. Or sometimes a close friend might vent to me. My hometown continues to inspire my pen and it really challenges me to face my fears when I step foot outside.
Speaking of music and its creation, what is your recording and creative process like? What comes first, the beat or lyrics? Do you just walk in and attack the booth?
When I’m in a creative setting to make music, there is no rule or routine. The beat could be ready to go one day, but inspiration wouldn’t hit until I’m sitting home in my thoughts and a crazy flow or topic comes to me. When I get to the studio, thats when I work around it. I honestly don’t go straight to the booth unless it’s a freestyle and that’s really when I want to get something off my chest to warm me up. If I’m creating a record, I catch a vibe first.
How does it differ from session to session?
Session to session? (laughs) This is my passion. There’s no complaints.
Your latest record ‘Is You Sh*tten Me’ reached over 10K streams on Audiomack. How do you as an independent artist feel knowing you’ve managed to reach those numbers? What was your mindset when creating this record?
(Laughs) I literally logged on to my audiomack account every ten minutes and watched my streams grow! I was so excited. This record was easy to make actually, but my producer, Reefa had me cut the beat TWICE. We vibed off of each other and I felt placed in my element — as if I was on the block. The beat made me feel tall; so I attacked it as a Brooklyn native would.
Can we expect a full length project in the 2020? What are the details on that.
I’m dropping an EP at the top of the year. I’ll be name dropping the EP title some time in January.
Receiving co signs are huge and you’ve managed to do just that with Hip Hop rapper Meek Mill. Talk a little about that and what it meant for you to get into his radar.
Meek Mill was the first co-sign I received and it felt like a relief because he’s my idol. I’ve always admired him as a kid and really believed that he would never know who I am. But, Meek is not the only one who co-signed me. I’d rather not name drop though, I kinda like when people don’t know, it lets me know that they like me for me not, because of the hype .
You’ve also recently opened for Jadakiss. First of all. Congrats. What was it like opening for a huge artist? What advice did he share with you as a rising and promising MC?
I was scared to open up for someone like Jadakiss. That man is a legend. I kept telling my team “I’m shaking. I’ve never in my life been this nervous before.” I couldn’t believe it myself. But when I hit the stage, as always I blacked out and did my thing. He enlightened me and gave me some words of wisdom. He told me I rocked the stage and if I keep doing what I’m doing, I will be the next best thing. He told me something else to, but that was a surprise.
Being in the music industry means making the time for self care. How does Lola Brooke take care of self and mental space?
Music is my mental care. I mean I’ve seen famous artist say they want to get away from music sometimes and be normal and have a relaxed self loving environment. But before that they were ME and that means I don’t have enough pleasure in my music career to feel that way!
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