Being Raised by Miami's Music Scene
Brianna Perry: "I'd say growing up in the particular neighborhood where I grew up, I was able to be really close to some big stars, but they weren't big when I was younger. I just got to see what it took to rise to the top. I would see them working hard in the studio, and I would be able to attend the shows. I would be able to be a part of the videos for DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, and Flo Rida—it was definitely a learning process. My first music video that I was in was Trina and Trick Daddy's "Take It To Da House," I think I was in the third grade.
"These are the same people that you work with, you pray with, and you eat dinner with. Our day-to-day lives were all so much in tact. That's the day: I'd go to school, I'd get out of school, I'd go to the studio, everyone's there and they're working. We did everything as a team. One team, one goal, and we were all working towards the same things and the same dream so we had a lot in common. I was able to be really, really close to greatness and I really appreciate that, and I don't think I would have been able to have gotten the particular experience that I got if I had lived in a different area so I'm very happy for my upbringing.
"My uncle, G12, would pick me up from school and he would take me to the studio where E-Class [was]. Even if I wasn't an artist right now, I would still know E-Class as uncle E-Class. It was very family oriented. It started off with me going to the studio just to go there to hang out. This is the family business so I'm just hanging out, and I just ventured into where I'd beg them to let me do stuff all the time, and when the other artists used to get promos, things printed up, I used to beg just for stuff with my name on it. [Laughs] They finally took an interest in me like, 'Okay, we're going to let her try it out,' so that's how it started out.
"I already had relationships with these people through my parents. My parents grew up with them, they've known them since elementary school, and [I met} Trina just being from Miami, being an artist and working through different studios and coming through Poe Boy Music Group. Just seeing me at such a young age, she was just captured by me and my personality. She grew such a love for me and took me under her wing. Trina gave me the opportunity to be on her album and come out at a couple of shows to do that particular song ["Kandi"] so it just evolved. I became the familiar kid around Miami who did music and everyone just took to me."