Brian X. Nelson (better known as C.T.) was born on September 29, 1993. Referring to himself as B.A.E. (Best Artist Ever), Brian has been rapping since the age of 12 and has been recording himself since the age of 15. His influences are firstly Lil Boosie then Drake and J. Cole. Rapping is a way for C.T. to escape the world for at least three minutes and recording is his passion. C.T. is a humble, laidback, and cool guy. In his music you will find that he likes to have fun, is about a dollar, and wants to be the best artist ever.
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IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
C.T: I am from Charleston, South Carolina. I was born and raised there. I plan to put my city on the globe.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
C.T: I have been rapping since the age of 12. I started recording at the age of 15. Since I was 15, I have put out three mixtapes and three albums. In the local area I have performed at parties. I have even performed at my high school Garrett Academy. I have also performed at the college I attend now called Morris College.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
C.T: I want to record music because this is my way of expressing my self. Growing up I wasn’t always the popular kid, but not the lame kid either. I was in between the two. Recording music is a way of me escaping the world for at least 3 minutes, or however long the song will be. Releasing my own music is such a blessing for me. It’s even more of a blessing when I hear people recite my music. It gives me such a thrill to rap to the world.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
C.T: What you can take from my music is striving each day in life. I talk about money, girls, basically just life. What I want my fans to take from my music is to just be yourself and be the best at whatever you do.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are music influences?
C.T: When I was 12, my first music influence was Lil’ Boosie. He actually inspired me to start rapping. Lil’ Boosie keeps it gutta and I want my music to have a little of guttaness in it as well. My second inspiration is J. Cole. The way J. Cole raps, I can envision what he’s saying. I really like his music. Last but not least, Drake. What I get from his music is to just express yourself in any way you want to. From his music, I also learn not to let anyone tell you what you can’t do.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
C.T: The way that I would describe my music to people is just being you, having fun, and hard work. Striving is part of my operation. I want the world to know who the best artist ever is.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
C.T: What makes me standout from other artists is that there’s no limit to what I can do. I like to think outside the box and still stay in my lane. Creativity is one of the keys to success. I don’t want the rap game to think this is just another bum rapper making bubblegum songs. I’m in it for the long haul.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
C.T: The hardest challenge I faced so far was not getting a lot of recognition. I would put my music on these sites and no one would like, share, or listen to my music. I realized I had to switch up a few things in order for me to be marketable. I went in the lab to come up with a new flow. I call my flow “Erection” because every time I make a song or feature on a song, I’m coming hard. I feel as though I am ready to take on the game.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
C.T: Well I just released an EP titled “the American Dream”. The single “the American Dream” has over 50,000 views already. You can find it on YouTube. It’s a good CD. My mix-tape “College Life Pt. 1” is on my YouTube page as well. I will be working on some new material soon, so just stay alert. I will be bringing some fire very soon.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
C.T: My career goals are to get signed first. My next goal is to work with a few artists I have in mind and do a college tour. But my main goal is to sell a million records off of one album. In 10 years, I still want to be making music, getting to know the new artists coming under me, just being around the hip-hop scene.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
C.T: My fans can check out my music on my Reverbnation page and my YouTube page. If my fans want to contact me, they can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My music is at these sites: www.reverbnation.com/bestartistever and www.youtube.com/ArtistCT93
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