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Staten Island hip hop. Artist releases bread new single

Staten Island hip hop. Artist releases brand new single

Step Back check out a Brief interview on the single below

Motivation behind the record:

The term Step Back comes from the basketball move to create space between you and the defender to make space for a shot. So I use Step Back in the same sense

If somebody is moving like a snake or does something shady I take a step back from the relationship with that person. Put some distance between me and that person or just don’t deal with them anymore all together.

How long did it take to create :

Took me a week to create it from start to finish. Meaning writing, recording, mixing and mastering.

Produced by

The record is produced by EFFDOPE of Tribe Gvng

What’s next

Next I’m working on my 4-5 track EP. Should be releasing it this summer.

Check out the single below


More on easy gent

Easy The Gent, born Brandon Burel, is a hip‐hop artist from Staten Island, New York. As the second oldest child of four boys being raised by a single mother, Easy turned to music as a way to express himself and to deal with the issues in his life that he felt he could not control. Starting at just 10 years old, Easy rapped about issues close to his heart such as the absence of his father, growing up too fast, and hustling. His friends and family recognized that his lyrics were anything but elementary.

In addition to the struggles he faced in his youth, Easy drew inspiration from artists such as Jay‐Z, Mase, Jada Kiss, DMX, Lauren Hill, and Michael Jackson. His mother was also a gospel singer in a Baptist Church. The combination of these musical influences helped to mold his unique style, which is the perfect blend of street, hip‐hop, and soul.

At the age of 15, under the name B‐Easy, he joined a local rap group called the Sharpe Hustlers. Together, they made music that circulated around Staten Island.

In 2006, B‐Easy released his first independent mix tape entitled “It Is Wut It Is.” This generated a lot of buzz and earned him the opportunity to perform at numerous clubs around New York City. He was clearly gifted musically but prioritized hustling and demoted rapping to a hobby. He stopped recording in the studio and performing altogether.

After long hiatus, B‐Easy returned to hip‐hop. Motivated and inspired by his best friend, Anthony “Coop” Cooper, who was also a member of the Sharpe Hustlers, B‐ Easy believed that he was the ticket out for the ones he loved. Fueled by this pressure and the support of those closest to him, he got back into music and began to regard music more seriously. He changed his name to Easy The Gent, and together he and Coop started Sharpe Block Easy Money.

As an artist, Easy The Gent wants to be the poster child for Staten Island. “I want to be to Staten Island what Biggie is to Brooklyn,” says Easy. When asked why he raps, he responds: “I rap because what I have to say, people should hear. If sharing my experiences can help someone that may be dealing with a similar situation than I want to be able to do that. It’s not about success and fame.” He hopes to eventually become known as the best who has ever done it, and he is confident that he’ll achieve this goal.

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