From: IN, United States
Genre: Hip Hop/Rap
*Number 1 for 5 Weeks – “Rise Above”
*Top 25 for 27 Consecutive Weeks – “Rise Above”
*Back-to-Back Top 25 Hits – “Rise Above” and “Mumble”
*Opening Act for Cypress Hill 2010 Tour
*Nominated to Best of Indy 2 Years running
*Appearances at Slamology (2010 and 2011); Broad Ripple Music Fest; Oranje Art & Music Festival, Indiana State Fair, Marion County Fair
Drawing on influences with socially conscious lyrics such as Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco & Common and also bringing the passion and flare of more mainstream artists such as Drake, Eminem & Fabolous; Brad Real is a part of socially conscious poetic rap scene, but at times, with a mainstream sound...
…effectively bridging the gap between the two audiences.
Refusing to conform to the stereotypes of today’s hip hop scene, Brad strives to stay true to his beliefs and how he was raised. Focusing more on lyrical content than catchy hooks, he wants nothing more than to give back to the art-form that has given him so much already. Brad Real was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. Surrounded by Midwestern roots, his music reflects the life he has lived and the experiences he has gained. As any listener will find, Brad has the ability to take his thoughts and ideas and apply them in a way that makes the listener feel like they are a part of the song.
Real’s first album “The Battle Within: Volume 1” quickly became a fan favorite. Teaming up with local music producer Nick J, the album has been the ultimate tool for Brad Real to burst onto the music scene. In 2010, Real had two major releases, the buzz-worthy, full length album, “Married to the Music”, also produced by Nick J, was released on March 16, 2010. This was followed by his most recent release, the free EP, "He's the Jibber - I'm the Jabber".
Many of Real's tracks have received airplay across the country on both over the air stations and internet based stations, including national blogs such as Kevin Nottingham and Noise Porn. His music can be heard in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Arizona, Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida; even internationally in Argentina. Real’s three most recent music videos, “Let Yourself Go”, “Mumble”, and “Rise Above”, have been in rotation on IMC-TV.
Brad Real has performed at many of Central Indiana’s hottest venues, including Birdy’s, Bently’s, the Vollrath and the Vogue. Either as a headliner, or sharing the stage with the likes of Mudkids, Rusty Redenbacher, A.C.E. O.N.E., Son of Thought, or national touring acts, he brings tremendous energy to each performance.
The artist interview, “Keeping it Real…Brad Real in NUVO provides an excellent look at the artist that is quickly becoming one of the leading voices of positive, intellectual Hip-Hop.