Brady Lalumendre may be more than 270 miles away from his hometown of Sioux City, but he’s still finding time to collaborate with some of its veteran hip-hop artists and write songs for a Siouxland audience.
Currently residing in Minneapolis, Brady Raps has worked with the likes of Protige (Mark Koenigs) of the hip-hop duo D.A.D. and rapper/producer Kisor Flowsay (Lance Kisor) for the songs “Woke” and “Life I Lead.” Five months ago, Brady even allied with Tae GrOOve (Taevon Robinson) in the song “Loaded.”
In another track, “Welcome to Sioux City,” produced by T-Dubs, Brady calls the titular town his home. And it’s a place he hopes to return to in the next few months.
“I want to establish myself back home,” said Brady. “What I really want to do when I come back is set up my studio. Me and my buddy have been talking about it, and he wants to build a section off for a studio. I’ve been investing in myself and buying new equipment and I want to set up a place for people to come through and record, hang out and have fun.”
And people are already awaiting his return, partly due to the amount of work Brady has released within the past few months. The rapper said he’s had to turn down shows because of distance and familial responsibilities. Though that’s likely to change once he moves back to Sioux City, the town where he first began writing music.
Brady recalled writing his first songs in seventh or eighth grade. “I wasn’t any good,” he said with a laugh, but it was a first step. An early inspiration came from his uncles, who were members of the hip-hop group Dem I-29 Boyz.
“When I was growing up, they were always doing music,” he said. “I wanted to be cool and do that, too. I didn’t start putting it out there until my senior year of high school. I did a couple shows with those guys and put out a few songs. And then I quit for awhile.”
It was an on-and-off struggle. But for the past year, Brady has been releasing more and more music.
Brady’s revitalized inspiration to come back into the scene stemmed from two things: him listening to a remixed song by Joyner Lucas, which motivated Brady to write again; and watching the viral success of D.A.D.’s music videos.
“It kind of kicked me in my ass,” he said. “They were getting all this love and I was like, ‘I should start making music again.’”
Describing his writing process as “freestyle writing,” Brady draws song ideas and verses from all over the place.
“I don’t sit there and think of a line or two for an hour,” he said. “I can probably write a whole 16-bar verse in, like, 20 or 30 minutes. Me and Lance [Kisor] did that at his house. I don’t really aim at a direction when I’m writing songs.”
At least that’s the case for a single or mixtape track. Creating an album, on the other hand, will take a great deal of care. Brady expects to finish an album by summer. On it, he plans to reveal more personal songs about his life, how he grew up and the things he’s been through and still going through.
But summer seems so far away for Brady, who is already itching to come back to Sioux City.
“Every time someone asks me to come perform or do a show or get on a track or when people ask if I can come record, that gives me the itch,” he said. “I’m stockpiling my music up a little bit and trying to make as many new connections as I can, so that when I get back I can make something and get it together. I’m basically building my brand.”
From all the way in Minneapolis. Despite the distance, the songs keep coming.
“When I get back, it’s game time.”