Backwood Brad, also known as Brad, is a rising music artist from Indiana, who has made waves in the hip-hop scene with his technical rapping style and unique sound. Brad grew up as a military brat and lived all over the world, which has helped him gain a diverse perspective and a unique approach to his music.
Brad’s musical influences range from anime, comics, manga, and cartoons, to artists like Joe Budden, Royce da 5’9, Ransom, Nas, and Redman. He describes his musical style as a blend of 90s hip-hop and J.Cole, with a touch of Rakim. His creative process is also unique, as he has synesthesia and sees colors when he hears music. He matches words to the colors he sees and changes them until they match.
The message and themes in Brad’s music revolve around changes humans desire to make but are often afraid to take the first step. He references these changes as “the Dao,” or the way, and often uses fictional characters from his favorite anime, comics, manga, and cartoons to represent the storylines mixed with his message.
Brad’s latest project, “The Sage,” is inspired by the anime “Naruto” and covers a wide range of content for many listeners. He has collaborated with many other artists and producers, including Emilio Myles, Johnny Xodus, Blank Thought, Thicc Criss, Skip The Kid, Kelso, Dope Sean, PSK, Eleven The Artist, Young G Ball, Kyle Neff, and many more.
Brad stays inspired and motivated as an artist by drawing from life experiences, as well as his love for anime and the Dao. He uses social media and online platforms to promote his music and engage with fans, and he maintains authenticity and individuality in his music by being true to himself and his interests.
Brad’s long-term goal is to make music until the day he dies, and he hopes his listeners take away a message of self-belief and encouragement to pursue their dreams and aspirations.