With a new EP coming out in the next couple of weeks, Saddleback College student Brian Gomez, 18, is ready to introduce his latest tracks to those hip-hop heads out there, or to just anyone interested in listening to his music.
Gomez who goes by the name of B-Rhymin for his music, raps, writes, and also produces beats on the side. His music consists mainly of hip-hop, but his music style and beats range to other genres of music.
“I’ve done a lot of things. I’ve remixed a vampire weekend song, but I’ve also done the hardcore hip hop kind of thing or the old school hip hop,” Gomez said.
Gomez has already put out two mixtapes and an EP called “Ups and Downs, Love as Sounds” which was released in August, consisting of love songs about the ups and downs of love expressed through music.
His new EP coming out called “NaturAL GREEN,” which he hopes to release before his birthday, Nov. 16, is a tribute to Al Green and he hopes to release seven tracks.
“My friend told me that I should sample an Al Green song, so I just thought it would be cool if I made a project out of it where I sample a bunch of Al Green songs or just rap on it or make a beat tape,” Gomez said. “I’ve already got six beats done.”
Gomez started getting really into hip hop during his middle school years, but he didn’t start writing until his sophomore year of high school.
His musical influences include hip hop oldies such as A Tribe Called Quest, Eminem, Busta Rhymes back in the nineties, Nas, as well Blu, Dumbfoundead, and Asher Roth. Gomez is not limited to only hip hop. He also likes a lot of artists like Anthony Greene and Jack Johnson.
Gomez’s biggest struggle when it comes to music is writing and just being inspired to write.
“The beats come easy because it’s not hard to make a beat for me, but writing, I’m really picky on what I write. I’m my biggest critic,.” Gomez said. “I have a lot of stuff that I’ve written that will never see the light of day just because I don’t think its that good. I don’t want anything to be half-assed or half-baked.”
Gomez commends himself on his unique style and flow when he writes and raps.
“When I write I try and make everything flow together so it’s no choppy. I don’t like to just write about random things and just throw them together and throw them in a chorus,” Gomez said. “I rap about something and it leads up to the chorus and it’s like writing an essay and having good transitions. Everything just flows and progresses really nice.”
“The best feeling is when I think of just a few bars of lyrics that just blow my mind,” he said.
Gomez has performed in local coffee shops, but his fondest memory consists of a show in front of a crowd of students at his former high school where he felt the most freeing.
“I feel like if I can just perform on stage in front of thousands of people like that again. That’s what kind of like drives me … to be performing live, not just recording music,” Gomez said.
He hopes to share his music and hopefully get as high up as it can take him.
“I just want to get as far up there as I can. It would be cool to be like an Eminem, one of those big guys, a classic, like an emcee,” Gomez said. “There’s a difference between a rapper and an emcee. A rapper is just someone who can just rhyme over a beat but an MC to me is someone who has meaning. You say something meaningful and people will listen to them forever.”
Writing music and rapping just seems to be Gomez’s calling. It’s what he loves to do and what fits him the best.
“When I’m talking I kind of just ramble and don’t make sense,” Gomez said. “I kind of suck at talking, but when I rap it all makes sense.”