Devoted. Passionate. Hard-working. Those are the words people who know Chris “FRESH” Brodie best associate with the rapper/hip-hop artist who was born in Queens and raised in Long Island. He’s a man on a mission when it comes to sharing the positive messages of his music and he’ll keep grinding until everyone has heard them.
As a teen free-styling with his friends, FRESH never imagined it would lead to a music career. But during rough times in his life, he began jotting down his thoughts, then adding the rhythm and rhyme that naturally came to him. Next thing he knew, he was creating his own unique music, which eventually became a means for escaping the pain of those rough times. By releasing the pain through his music, FRESH became inspired to share his experiences lyrically with others in the hope that the lessons he learned may help them cope with their own struggles.
Pain for FRESH came at the tender age of five when FRESH’s parents divorced, forcing him to make one of the most agonizing choices a child should ever have to make – deciding on which parent he would live with. It was a traumatic experience that left an indelible mark. Eventually, FRESH’s parents reunited and life became more stable, but other challenges would present themselves, providing additional inspiration for his music.
In high school, FRESH was known for his unique style and fashion sense and was dubbed “FRESH” by his peers, a moniker that stuck. An avid athlete, he participated in basketball, football and even lacrosse, in addition to playing drums in the school band. Still not convinced a music career was in his future, FRESH graduated from high school and went to Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City to focus on fashion. After getting bit by the music bug, however, FRESH applied and was accepted to the University of Hartford’s Hillyer College to pursue a degree in audio engineering.
One of the most important lessons FRESH learned growing up was that everything is a privilege and must be earned through hard work and dedication. So, when the financial stress of college was too much for his family and forced him to make yet another difficult decision in his life – struggle to make ends meet to pay for college tuition or to pay for studio time to create his music – he chose to make music.
In March 2010, FRESH finally got into the studio and began recording. The very first song he released, “Live Your Life,” was based on personal experience and sparked a love for music he’d never had before. A few months later, however, FRESH’s family moved from New York to North Carolina, forcing yet another major life decision on him – to either stay where he was and go it alone, or move with the family.
Deciding to stay behind and pursue his music career from New York and later Connecticut, FRESH moved in with his uncle, Sean “Uncle Sea” Lipscomb, who owned an independent label named, “Sea Note Entertainment.” Lipscomb and his family opened up their home to FRESH, as if he was their own son, despite family issues that had kept them estranged from each other during his childhood.
His uncle gave him encouragement and support during hard times, steering him in the right direction to launch his then fledgling music career.
At this point in his career, FRESH literally had a dollar and a dream. FRESH was living on his uncle’s couch and grinding hard to get ahead. He didn’t have many supporters during this time, but those who were by his side then, are still with him today.
During the first six months of officially pursuing his dream as a hip-hop artist, FRESH performed in a few showcases and dropped his first video, “36 Bars of Death.” Money was extremely tight, but his uncle sacrificed to keep him in the studio, even pawning some of his own possessions to pay for studio time.
FRESH’s support started to increase after his first mixtape, A Fresh Start, with DJ Intrigue was released on datpiff.com in April 2011. Soon after, FRESH began to be noticed by radio personalities from NYC to Atlanta. He was subsequently interviewed at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, The Kiki Love Atlanta Radio Show and on Atlanta’s Too Live Radio Show.
Momentum increased in June 2011, when B-easy from Atlanta’s V-103 opened the radio air waves for people to call in and request FRESH’s hit single, “Angry Love,” featuring Tlon and produced by West Coast producer Beatknoxx. As a result, the song began gaining popularity and received airplay on a dozen different online radio stations.
FRESH’s career choice received additional validation in 2011 when he was invited to open for major artists Juelz Santana and Olivia & Cassidy in NYC. He has since performed in a major hip-hop showcase in Sept. 2012, at the legendary Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT, and at the DXC at A3C 2012.
A critical next step in FRESH’s career came in Sept. 2012, when he dropped his first single, “Sound the Alarm” featuring Aja Edwards, from his most recent project, Ignorant Genuis, which was released Dec. 15, 2012. With its lively beats and uplifting message of preserving in the face of adversity, the song has received critical acclaim from industry insiders and fans alike, getting consistent airplay on Hartford’s Hot 93.7, where it was first featured as the Hot Extra on the station’s popular “Eight at Eight” segment.
With the release of “Sound the Alarm” came attention from VH1 in what might possibly become a career-launching move with the track being included in the upcoming newest series, “The Gossip Game.” The hip-hop-based show airs April 1, 2013, and the song will be featured on the sound track of the season premiere.
Exposure for the song will include an ad card; on-air song ID; feature on the show’s page with links to video and where to purchase the song; video inclusion on vh1.com; inclusion in “Songs from the Show” on music.vh1.com; and VH1-branded social networking accounts (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) will promote FRESH and the song around show placement.
With upcoming meetings at MTV and VH1 along with his work with various producers and artists such as Aja Edwards, DJ Meechie, Jordan Meyer, DJ Intrigue and Bobby Capri, FRESH’s dedication and never-give-up attitude combined with his genuine gratitude for all that he has achieved and been given is clearly paying off. He is poised to have a bright future as a hip-hop megastar!