It’s a (Wo)man’s World Music Artist Feature: Bre-Z
Each month, I will feature a talented female music artist who is not very well-known in the music industry. Although we have women like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift dominating the Top 40 charts, the rest of the industry is still very male dominated. This series is meant to highlight the ladies who are killing it because they are talented, beautiful, dedicated, passionate, and able to rock a crowd. If you have an artist you’d like to see highlighted, please mention them in the comments!
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year or so, you have probably heard of the hit Fox show Empire, starring Terrance Howard and Taraji P. Henson, a primetime soap opera surrounding a family owned record empire. What I love about this show is it encompasses so many aspects of good entertainment: good actors, good acting, DRAMA, and my favorite — the music. All of the musical characters on the show are actually all musicians themselves, and Timbaland is the executive producer of the show’s soundtrack, so you already know you’re in for a treat.
Empire highlighted a couple of really talented female singers in the first season, but it wasn’t until this season that it really brought one particular female act to the front of the show, and that character is Freda Gatz, played by Bre-Z. Freda is portrayed as the rapper daughter of a cannibalistic drug lord, who grew up on the hard streets of Brooklyn. Lucious Lyon (Howard) takes her under his wing and tries to make her his next big start at Empire to pit against his own star rapper son, Hakeem. Without divulging too much about the plot of the show, I’ll just briefly say that Freda’s rhymes can certainly compete with Hakeem’s, who is considered one of the best.
Bre-Z was actually born in Philly but raised in Delaware. She began rapping at the age of 14 and by age 15 was discovered and put in the studio. Recently she has worked with the likes of Dr. Dre, The Game, and many others. My ears perked up when Freda was first introduced in the show. The track “Boom Boom Boom” a collaboration with Lucious is hard hitting and talks about the struggles both of them went through to get to where they are. Needless to say, I would love to see this character develop more and put out a lot more music for the soundtrack. If you follow the show, you know that scene in the mid-season finale where Freda and Hakeem battle was one of the best moments in Empire’s life so far.
Catch Bre-Z and the rest of the cast when Empire returns to Fox on March 30.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: DANWEN CHEN
I am originally from China and grew up in the Greater Boston Area. After graduating from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, I spent 2 years in educational publishing then moved to NYC to pursue a career in Marketing. While doing so, I discovered my love for technology and business, and found the perfect intersection in Product Management. When I am not busy building great software for today’s marketers, I am rocking parties as Element of Chaos. Follow me to hear random news about SEO, technology, Boston sports, and music.
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