Hip-hop may have been born in the Bronx almost 40 years ago, but its impact is felt in music around the world. As the hip-hop scene continues to diversify in sound, ethnic influences and more true to its “adolescent” years in the 1980s, politics, a man named Reyne Brady tosses his hat into the game roughly 90 minutes north of Sydney, the most populous city of Australia and Oceania.
Brady has been plugging away at his craft for 13 years and has accomplished much to be proud of. He’s achieved spins on international airwaves, youth leadership opportunities and has even taught workshops at the University of New South Whales on hip-hop, his greatest passion.
Here, Reyne Brady (pronounced “rain”) AKA MUGZY, the 27-year-old old hip-hop artist from the Central Coast, shares his story.
MACG MAGAZINE (MM): How did you get started on your craft?
MUGZY (M): I became interested in hip-hop music and the culture of hip-hop when I was 14, so 2005 my early years in high school. Around that time I guess you could say I was a bit of a loner, which caused me to get bullied a lot. Also, my grades were failing and I had no avenue where I would be in life when I finished school. So, I bought myself an iPod and started listening to artists such as Eminem, 50 Cent and Tupac. [Eminem] was the one I could relate to the most (even to this day). I know it sounds cliché because I’m a “typical white boy,” but just the aggression in his wordplay and lyrics kinda gave me a voice to say, “I don’t give a f***,” a platform to fight back an take no sh** in this world.
“Starting off, I would drop down small rhymes in my workbook, but I knew if I wanted to progress I would have to write full songs. Also, I knew if I wanted to be known or respected by the general hip-hop community, then I would have to do my homework, take a trip back in time where it all started in the ”70s in South Bronx and learn bit by bit.
MM: What does your work/most recent project mean to you?
M: As an artist, I like to acknowledge that the more opportunities or the more projects you can get on to branch out your brand is 100 percent key. It doesn’t matter if it’s big, medium or small. If it’s an opportunity to showcase yourself, then DO IT. My achievements showcase every opportunity I’ve been granted, and it puts a smile on my face. It’s the fact that I’ve been a one-man army since day one — no manager, no street team, no label. Just me, MUGZY. I’ve seen many up-and-coming artists over the years hire managers or buy street team support and become extremely lazy with the hustle. After a few years, you never hear from them. With me doing all the work on my own, does it show who wants it more?
MM: Who would be a dream collaboration?
M: 50 Cent, Eminem, Nas, DMX, Rakim, Shaggy 2 Dope, Alicia Keys, Prince (RIP).
MM: As you’re planning your upcoming project, what are you excited for your supporters to see/hear?
M: My secnd album (“Understand Me”) released in 2013, so it’s been five years since I’ve released anything because I’ve been getting into a lot of acting. But I miss music so much, especially the high/adrenaline of crafting new work. So, I’ve got a ton of work to do. I have a ton of beats on standby and instrumentals from others, like Greek producer Yanni.
For my third album, I want to an A and B side so I can push as much music/craft out as possible. I can’t wait. It’s gonna be one hell of a rollercoaster!
MM: Your passion for music is real, but what about your down time? What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
M: Hitting the court and playin’ some ball. I’m pretty nasty on the court. Any Aussie readers seeing this hit, me up sometime for a game!
MM: If there is one thing that you could say to people wanting to do what you do, what would it be?
M: The BEST advice I can give to any artist who wanna get into the music industry is this:
Don’t think ya gonna be an overnight celeb when you first pick up the pen, thinking its all fun and games, making it look easy because it’s 100 percent NOT. This industry will cheat you in so many different ways, it’s not funny. It will bring you to your knees to the point of failure and making you doubt yourself or wanting to give up.
But if you’re willing to hustle daily because you genuinely love hip-hop or love music, and are willing to go down that long, hard road of wanting this dream more than anything else in the world — not because it’s a phase, you want stardom or you want to be a celeb — If it’s because of the LOVE and hip-hop, then you have my 100 percent full respect.
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