Meet the next generation of female emcees (aka “femcees”) in the new docuseries Sisterhood of Hip Hop premiering at 9 p.m. Tuesday on Oxygen. Brianna Perry, also known by her stage Lil’ Brianna, is one of the stars of the T.I.-produced series, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the music biz and features appearances by hip hoppers Eve, Lil Jon, Travie McCoy and Rick Ross.
Perry, who attended the School for Advanced Studies high school and the University of Miami, made her debut on Trina’s 2002 album Diamond Princess on the track Kandi. The Carol City native’s latest single is available for download now — I’m That B [word].
We spoke to Perry before her small-screen debut:
How did you first get involved in music?
I fell in love with entertaining at a very young age, whether it was reciting poetry, dancing, spelling bees or school plays. I loved to perform. [Record label] Poe Boy Music Group was like the family business, and my uncle would pick me up from school and take me there to hang out. It was then they noticed my passion for music and desire to get in the booth. At age 7, they finally gave in, and it has been my M.O. ever since.
If you weren’t in this industry, what would you do?
If I didn’t do music, I would still be involved in production. Probably broadcast journalism.
How many instruments do you play?
One. The clarinet. I haven’t played in so many years though.
Who are your inspirations?
Everyday life is my inspiration along with my favorites, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Drake and even LeBron James. I listen to a wide range of genres. I just enjoy good music whether it’s hip hop, pop, R&B, country or rock.
What do you think of the music scene in SoFla?
Growing and innovative. I have a ton of talented people I would love to work with and some incredible artists I’ve already had the pleasure to work with.
Who is on your iPod right now?
Trigga, the album by Trey Songz. I’m in love with the whole body of work.
What do you want viewers of the show to know about you?
I’m just like them. A typical girl who wasn't born with a silver spoon but worked hard to make it out of Carol City. Dreams do come true so don't be afraid to chase them down. I'm still fighting to make my mark in the game, and I won’t give up.
What was it like working on this project with T.I.?
I haven’t actually met him, but to know that he has been through the same journey and has had to deal with some of the struggles I face daily in this industry is so fulfilling. He’s an inspiration because he represents what is possible. His support with this amazing platform to have our voices be heard has meant so much.