Category: ArtSoul Spotlight, Interviews, New Music

“It’s Brain Keith Baby!” Have you heard this introduction before? If not you’re sure in for a treat. This kind, humble, fun loving, and energetic man of God is someone you will fall in love with after just one time meeting him. In this sit down interview you will have a chance to learn more about Brain Keith and how he has been a huge inspiration to so many people.

ArtSoul Radio : It’s so nice to have you here with us today. We appreciate you taking out this time to do this interview. To get things started off, let’s dig deep into your musical background and how you got introduced to music?

Brain Keith : That is a very good question to ask, my musical background comes from many different things. Growing up I listened to a lot of different genres and popular artists that where around my city of Dallas, Texas. In fourth grade I was introduced to classical music and started playing the cello. Outside of playing the cello, I also remember practicing my rhymes in front of a mirror in my bedroom. There, I envisioned performing in front of an audience, and I honestly believe that is where the seed was planted.

ArtSoul Radio : Wow, that is something you don’t hear everyday! You really don’t hear much about rappers having a touch of classical music in their early development. The next question we have for you comes from your positive content and willingness to put yourself out there. Tell us why it is so important for you to relate to people with your music and not hold back anything?

Brain Keith : It is important to me because I believe sometimes, us being apart of the body of Christ, miss out on being transparent; and letting people know even though we are professing the goodness of God we still have our own issues and shortcomings. God is gracious enough, and merciful enough to look passed our imperfections. We are able to have this because God gave us his son Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins.

ArtSoul Radio : That is a very good word, and something many could potential relate to. Understanding that you are in a position where you are called to minister your many talents and gifts. What is it like managing being a rapper, dj, show promoter, youth pastor, and family man? Do you have moments where you want to go insane?

Brain Keith : Man look, it’s by the grace of God because I find myself sometimes being overly busy that I can’t have an intimate relationship with our God. I am constantly in prayer asking him to help me seek out better time management skills so I have a relationship that is strong. I don’t want to meet him at the gate one day and he tells me to turn away you worker of iniquity I never knew you.

ArtSoul Radio: Agreed, that would be a terrible situation for anyone to be in. We must continue to be disciplined in finding that quality time with God.

Recently you have put out an awesome music video for your latest single titled Masterpiece. Tell us the story behind this powerful song, and how you came up with this concept?

Brain Keith : The background on the song Masterpiece, stems back to what I spoke about previously. Having an importance on being transparent and pushing to see that we all are a mess and we make mistakes. Doesn’t matter if we are T.D. Jakes or one of the lowest scums of the earth. God sees us as royalty and something that is so precious to him. A revelation I had one day after painting really put things into perspective for me. We come into this world as a blank canvas and when paint splatters on us that represents our imperfections. Now after going through my whole creative process and completing my art, I realized even though we might go through tough times and have flaws; God ultimately will be the one to show us that we are works of art, true masterpieces.

ArtSoul Radio : Thank you for breaking down your song, it makes so much more sense now knowing the background story. Your song provides hope and a sense of pride in loving who exactly God, has called us all to be.

Brain Keith : Thank you so much for that, that means a lot. I strive to give my audience only music that is from my heart. I can’t make music just to sell records.

ArtSoul Radio : No problem at all, this actually transitions very well into our last question for you. We wanted to know if someone was to listen to your music for the first time no matter the location; what would you hope they get out of it?

Brain Keith : I would hope that they got a sense of self worth, love, and knowing that they are not alone because God loves them. I talk more about these topics in my upcoming album I am working on currently.

ArtSoul Radio : Amen to that, once again we appreciate you taking the time to sit with us for an interview. We can’t wait to hear your new album.

Highlighted Lyrics: “I know I may look a mess right now, but every work of art starts out like that. Then it turns into a masterpiece.”

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Born and raised in St.Louis, Missouri, and now currently based in Chicago. Al-Yejo is a multi-talented creative who strongly believes having a voice to build up the Kingdom is very important. If he is writing, singing, producing, or facilitating a podcast his mission never changes.

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