All things considered, Brandon Blue, also known as Blue, The Misfit, could easily be referred to as an overnight success.
Having found himself in the studio with rappers Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q early in his career, the Dallas-based producer and rapper will be the first to admit he’s a product of being in the right place at the right time.
But that would undermine the decade Blue has been making music. His album, 'Child In The Wild,' which was two years in the making, is also a long time coming.
'Child In The Wild,' which we're excited to premiere today, features fellow Red Bull Sound Select artists and Dallas rappers Slim Gravy and Paris Pershun of fellow A.Dd+, Snow Tha Product, Devin Canady, and The World Famous Tony Williams, among other guests.
Listen to and download Blue, The Misfit's 'Child In The Wild' below. Also, check out our interview, where we talk to Blue about how he got his start, and how he ended up working in the studio with Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE).
When did you first get into producing?
It started off as a hobby. My senior year in high school I met a friend that was making beats, and he would be on the school bus every day playing a bunch of his tracks, and I thought, "Man, I can do that." So one day he gave me the program called Fruity Loops, and ever since then I've been making beats. When I went to college around fall of '04, I met a bunch of like-minded people and we all just grinded together, and at that point I was like, "Alright, let's do this for a living.”
Try as I might, it’s tough to dig up any comprehensive coverage of your career online. It’s like you came out of nowhere. How did you come into the limelight so quickly?
I used to work with TDE with guys like Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, and ScHoolboy Q, and when I dropped out of college I moved from Texas to LA, and after a lot of networking I ended up landing in the studio with those guys before they were popular and everything. After a few sessions they told me to keep coming around, and they just kept me a part of what they were doing. When they all blew up, my name started to grow in the city of Dallas, so when I moved back there everybody knew me for my work with them.
What was it like working with all those artists during your time at TDE?
I never really thought of it as anything. I was just like, "Aye, I'm gonna make beats, these rappers are really good and I'm just gonna give them to 'em." Now that I think back on it, I remember going to the studio one day, and Kendrick was in there and he goes, "Hey, you ready to be rich?" I just kinda laughed it off and thought, "He's just talkin'."
Now that I see where he is now, I think, "Wow, this dude knew what he was doing." So I look at moments like that and realize that all definitely had a frame of mind in where they were going to go. But back then, for me, it was all just about getting my beats out, I didn't really think about it until time passed.
A lot of the art accompanying your music, such as the 'Trillionaire' video, is pretty trippy. What made you want to present your music this way?
I just wanna do something different. I have friends that make art, and when I look at current artists on blogs and stuff, I don't think there's a whole lot that's unique about them. I just wanted to make something that would set me apart from everybody else, so if somebody randomly comes across my music on the Internet, they'll wanna check out my music from the artwork alone.
Recently, I came across this guy at an art show that goes by "Lee Android," and he was doing a bunch of what's called databending, which is this glitchy combination of a bunch of different arts which was really crazy and trippy to me. I talked to him about doing some artwork and he hit me with a few examples, and I was blown away. Ever since then, we partnered up and everything's been going smoothly -- everybody loves the art direction and loves the look of the work.
What was your mindset going into making 'Child In The Wild?'
It's actually my second project, but it's my first full-length album. My first EP was called 'Numb,' and it was really short. I didn't really know what I was doing as an artist, and I kinda just rushed it and put it out. After that I decided to really take my time and hone my craft a little bit.
I've been working on this album for almost two years now. I wanted to do something where this was still different, still had my signature touch, and my vision and my sound on it, but at the same time I wanted to make it a bit more accessible than my EP was, so it's kind of a combination of experimental sounds and trap, but it still has elements that are easy to grasp.
It's hard to describe. It's dark, it's experimental, it's melodic, it has elements of trap. It's unique and different in all aspects.
Any projects in the pipeline besides your upcoming release?
I'm putting all my eggs into this basket. I've spent so much time on it, and put every ounce of my soul into producing it and writing it, it's my baby. I'm just putting 100% of my energy into it -- this is the project that I'm trying to get out. That's what I'm hoping for; I'm hoping this takes off.