Tarrance Brown grew up fast in Memphis, Tennessee where his childhood wasn’t really a childhood so to speak. He would bounce around from house to house and was even forced to move out of state so that his father couldn’t see him. From breakdowns in school because he missed his dad to angry feelings toward his father, young Tarrance Brown would turn all of his negative anger into positive energy by becoming a top athlete in track, basketball and football and joining the Marines later on. And being that Tarrance was the strong, silent and independent type at such an early age, he would also invest a lot of his time into writing poems and reading the business & money sections of the newspaper instead of the comics. Even though it wasn’t all fun & games for Tarrance Brown back in the day, he didn’t let it stop him from living life to its fullest. With a sharp & driven mind in place and bright future in the cards, young Tarrance Brown had his eye on the prize and failure was not an option.
Music was the real saving grace & savior for Tarrance where he said himself: “Music after 15 has been my escape from most pains in my life”. Hanging out with his childhood friend Christopher Forest aka K-le in his grandmother’s living room and recording music on a 4-track was where the magic happened and where it all started for Tarrance Brown. Music opened up new & exciting doors for Brown where he could spread his wings and become Archangel for all to see and hear. Archangel would become Tarrance’s new alter ego but more so it was his newfound image and presence that he would come to fully embody. Tarrance aka Archangel owes a lot to his former neighborhood colleague Jason Riddle “Chino” who is the one person that kept pushing Tarrance to do music in the first place. After “Chino” read one of his poems, he was on young Tarrance Brown like white on rice to attack the mic and spill some rhymes. Archangel took his advice and decided to give it a shot at the age of 15 but you’re already aware that Tarrance Brown grew up fast and focused so you have to know that it wasn’t going to be a sloppy approach by any means. Far from it as Tarrance would first listen to artists & labels like Rakim, 3-6 Mafia of Memphis, Indo G of Memphis, T- Rock and No Limit Records to get a better and more in depth understanding of the art of delivery. Archangel was finally ready to fly high at 15 where it would start at school and lead to a friend named Bledsoe taking him to a studio after class and the rest is history!
Archangel has done quite well for himself since his teenage years with plenty of rhyme and reason on his side. This talented artist has single-handedly created a style that is 100% Archangel with no copycat in sight. Going away from the traditional Memphis/Southern Hip-Hop sound & style, Archangel is reinventing and revolutionizing the “Dirty South” rap scene. With his “Picasso flow” & cool, street swag, Archangel can do no wrong and is determined as ever! I had the pleasure of reviewing his EP ‘The Elite’, (http://skopemag.com/2014/01/15/archangel-the-elite-ep), in 2014 which was a follow-up to his record ‘Halleujah M.U.S.I.C’. I knew then that this Memphis native had a story to be told and I was listening.
Staying true to that busy, “Life in the Fast Line” mentality, Archangel continues to accelerate forward with no signs of slowing down. He just recently signed a contract for a distribution deal with SUGO Music Group and now has his own music stations on Pandora, Spotify and Rhapsody. Archangel’s tracks are getting solid airplay on Blaze Indie Music Station and boombox FM just to name a few plus you can check out the blazing hot music video for “Go” on Vevo (http://www.vevo.com/watch/archangel/Go/QMGR31402891). Archangel is proud to announce that he was recently nominated for the second time for “Slept On Artist of the Year” category for The Southern Entertainment Awards. Not to mention, Archangel is getting ready to release his latest music project titled ‘Omnibus’ due out on his birthday, January 24, 2016.
With the New Year upon us and Tarrance Brown’s birthday coming up, Archangel looks to blow up like never before for 2016. Turning years of pain & heartache into sweet sounds of music defines who Tarrance Archangel Brown is as a person. And it has made him who he is, who he represents and who he was meant to be—Strong and in control. In the end, Archangel is standing tall, moving fast and staying focused because that’s his story that has been written.
By Jimmy Rae (firstname.lastname@example.org)