Carl Brave, me between rap and pop against musical racism – Culture & Shows

ROME – Courage is in the DNA, in that surname that he translated into English because, you know, it’s cooler. And now he wrote it well in evidence on the cover of the new record, because he is courageous (Carlo Coraggio), but it is also the strength that is needed at this moment to face a situation that no one would have imagined until a few months ago, “dystopian period”, he defines it. Carl Brave, the Roman rapper who is also a pop and rock singer who does not disdain certain atmospheres of the past and contaminations in general (“music is always evolution and you have to educate the listener not to label, I’m against musical racism” ), after the success of the previous debut album Notti Brave (double platinum) and two years spent with the foot pressed on the accelerator of the live (and the over 100 million views on YouTube and the 2.7 million streams on Spotify), returns with the second album of unreleased tracks, out on October 9 on Island Records.

More mature sound, more articulated flows, greater care in the lyrics than the debut. “And above all, now I can do what I like full time, not between a job at the market and one as a sound engineer”. Seventeen tracks that mark a new musical chapter of the 31-year-old artist and producer, who on the cover wanted to pay homage to his never known grandfather, with the bust that portrays him as a boy “and that really exists, in my parents’ house. And at his age I was identical. to him”. A game of references, between past and present. In the album, “on which I worked a lot during the lockdown, which gave me a strong creative impulse, both with new pieces and with revisited pieces”, there are also seven collaborations with Elodie, Mara Sattei, tha Supreme, Ketama, Taxi B , Pretty Solero and Gue ‘Pequeno “who is still one of the few to be trend setters and manages to gallop in a world of kids”.

Many of them are protagonists of the Roman music scene. “Which is now very lively and very strong. But it is not a problem to be identified with one’s city of origin – says Carlo with his accent that admits no doubts -. Slang is not a prison or a ghetto in which to be closed as it could have been maybe ten years ago. An example was Liberato, who cleared the Neapolitan customs. After all, people want to hear you speak as you are, without masks. And language is no longer an obstacle, no longer, also thanks to technologies “. The album, which comes out simultaneously with “Parli parli” with Elodie, was preceded by four singles: “Che poi”, “Regina Coeli”, “Spigoli (feat. Mara Sattei, tha Supreme)” and “Fratell√¨”. The latter deals with the problem of drug addiction with sincerity. “Because in music it is often a topic addressed in a frivolous way, with the idea that you can live with it – explains the artist with a past as a basketball player -. But the truth is that addictions lead you into squalid situations. And it must be It is clear that it is very easy for all kids to get close to drugs. Mine is an invitation to act “.

The passage Le Guardie is also a denunciation of “violence that exists and that must be said and told”. Written before the events of Colleferro, it still manages to postpone a clear photograph. “Because it is true that violence is unleashed with a nothing, for a wrong look or word”. There is little to say about Sanremo (“who knows, maybe with the right song … there are many pros, but also many against”), as on live shows that in covid time are suspended in a sort of limbo. “In Rome in the summer of 2019 there were 25 thousand people to hear from me … how do you do it? Let’s wait”. Meanwhile, for next year there are two dates on the calendar: 20 July in Milan, 24 July in Rome.


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