The Meteoric Rise of Brianna Perry
It’s midnight and by any definition of the word we are deep in one of Miami’s hoods. Ain’t nothing glitzy about it. The sirens of police cars going by are frequent, and the fellows leaning over metal fences are sipping on something wrapped up in paper brown bags. Even the local dogs sniffing around seem to be hustling for anything that resembles a meal. But just around the corner on a lot heavily lit by industrial lighting, a collection of the finest automobiles are forming a semi-circle around a group of dancers, popping their hips with impressive force. They are all young and cute, dressed in sexified version of athletic wear, looking like hot cheerleaders ready to play ball. Out of this group of ladies emerges Brianna Perry, female rapper on the rise, who steps out and takes charge, spitting rhymes to her super catchy “Back Der.”
Her appeal is undeniable. An army of handlers, makeup artists, and choreographers that make up her entourage are bopping heads to a track that can easily become an anthem for hot girls everyone. “Sitting like a boss, feet up, red bottoms say you paid, speak up, diamonds lay up on my chest like C-cups, trying to keep up,” Parry raps directly into the camera, delivering every line effortlessly. There is something about her that is eerily reminiscent of Aaliyah. Not because they look alike; their fluid physicality and the subtlety of delivery seem to come from the same bag of tricks. But where Aaliyah’s voice was soft and marked with breathy soprano, Perry’s is anything but. This femcee’s brash vocal depth rivals that of Foxy Brown and MC Lyte. This juxtaposition makes for one unexpected mix. “I like being the surprise in the room,” Perry admits.
Despite all the hoopla on set, Perry is poised and unaffected, seemingly unaware of the mini media storm brewing all around her. First, the New York Times ran a huge article about state of female rap, with glowing reviews of her skills. Then Beyoncé shared Perry’s “Marilyn Monroe” video, calling it one of her faves. “It’s her time,” says Elvin Prince, aka Big Chuck, president of Poe Boy Music Group, whose roster includes Perry and Flo Rida. “I’ve known her since she was a little kid; she is talented and driven and going to the top.”