Brent Faiyaz

Brent Faiyaz Cites Drake, Alicia Keys as Inspirations; Confesses Even He Has a Hard Time Listening to His Own ‘Wasteland’ Album

Click here to read the full article. On his second album, “Wasteland” — which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, on the strength of 107 million on-demand streams, or 81,000 units in stream equivalent albums —  Brent Faiyaz leans into his own dichotomy. He plays the charming romantic, as well as the toxic villain, embracing two of the labels that have been attributed to him over the years. It’s all part of a larger, nuanced story that envelops one of the buzziest albums of the year. And it’s no wonder people are talking about “Wasteland.” The album’s theme of...
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Atlanta Soundtrack: Uzuhan, Brent Faiyaz and vintage Soul Miner’s Daughter

In 2020, 26-year-old breakout R&B star Brent Faiyaz, originally from Maryland, was pulled into ATL’s orbit by the person he was dating at the time. And it was here, out of that year’s tumultuous cacophony, that he wrote this particular song. Punctuated by a pulsating metallic sound effect reminiscent of “Cry Little Sister” from the ‘80s vampire flick The Lost Boys, Faiyaz croons his way through an existential crisis about fame.

Music Industry Moves: Brent Faiyaz Re-Ups With Pulse Music

Click here to read the full article. Fast-rising R&B singer Brent Faiyaz, whose debut full-length “Wasteland” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200, has renewed his global publishing deal with Pulse Music Group. Faiyaz initially signed to the company in 2016; Carron Mitchell represented Faiyaz in the renewal deal. (Pictured above, L-R: Scott Cutler, co-CEO, PULSE Music Group; Jayne Andrew, Partner and Co-Owner, Colture; Brent Faiyaz; Ashley Calhoun, President, PULSE Music Group; Ty Baisden, Partner and Co-Owner, Colture; and Josh Abraham, co-CEO, PULSE Music Group. “I’m excited for the future. This is...

On WASTELAND, Brent Faiyaz won’t let himself off the hook

While the arc of Brent Faiyaz’s career traces wholesale changes in his vocal approach and taste in production, the most revealing evolution can be seen in his writing. On his two earliest, self-released mixtapes, 2012’s Sunset Avenue and the following year’s Black Child EP — a pair of records that bracket his senior year of high school — Faiyaz is essentially a rapper, floating and then barreling his way through beats, many self-produced, that attempt to fuse 40’s post-808s & Heartbreak iciness with the more structurally ambitious things happening on Soundcloud and Tumblr at the time. These verses are essentially devoid of any lyrical style: They are literal and linear, rote citations of emotional crises and careerist aspiration, almost remarkably blank.

Go To ‘Wasteland’ With Brent Faiyaz

Brent Faiyaz recently released his highly-anticipated album. He announced the release of “Wasteland” via Instagram last month. The Colombia, Maryland-native released an album trailer that included a list of exciting collaborators. “Wasteland” features collaborations from many mainstream artists from Tyler the Creator, Alicia Keys to Drake. It is also executive produced by Jonathan “Freeze” Wells.