At the tender age of 20, many
would argue that Brandon Caskey has
yet to see or experience everything that life has to offer. While this
statement may be true, a number of life-changing events shaped this young Orlando, FL
emcee’s reflective mindset, and consequently, his sharp lyrical abilities as
Growing up mostly in the
Winter Springs area of Orlando,
Caskey developed a love for all types of music from smooth jazz to hardcore
rock and later a deep appreciation for hip-hop artists such as Three 6 Mafia, NWA, Nas and AZ. When he started crafting his own
rhymes in the 10th grade, he decided his last name was the perfect
representation for the lyrics and stories he had to share: “Honestly I could never think
of a rap name that I liked, they all felt like I was creating a different
identity. Caskey was just me.”
While developing his talent, life
would send Caskey a tough blow in 2009 when his father passed away on April 20th.
In addition to a guiding light, Caskey would lose his biggest fan and
supporter. This pivotal moment inspired Caskey to throw away all of his
previous material in favor of writing more introspective music. Caskey went on
to graduate high school in 2010 and begin recording songs with local artists
and producers to get his name out. His youthful, care-free partying ways would
eventually catch up to him in another painful reminder of what life can bring.
In May 2011, a 70mph motorcycle
wreck left Caskey hospitalized for a month as road rash and exposed bone on his
shoulder required skin grafts and leave many scars behind. For Caskey it
provided yet another soul-searching moment to ending his reckless behavior and
cleaning up in many ways. Doing time in the all-too-familiar hospital setting
brought back additional memories of Caskey’s family history with drug abuse and
health scares. With his renewed resolve now more determined than ever, Caskey
began crafting his No Complaints
mixtape with Orlando
production team, The Avengerz.
Released on April 19th,
2012, nearly 3 years after the passing of his father, Caskey’s No Complaints mixtape has been an
acclaimed favorite from all who have heard it, noting his amazing balance of
substance and fun in addition to wordplay and confidence that belie his age.
“I just want listeners to
enjoy the music and create their own experiences to it. Hopefully they connect
to what I’m saying and take something away from it,” he explains. “I think
people will recognize that I spend a lot of time on specific elements of my
music. I may not put out as much material as other rappers, but it is fine-tuned
Viral videos for “Keep It On
The Low”, “Killer Intro”, and “Letter To My Father” along with his popular
“Backing With Caskey” episodes, quickly launched the No Complaints buzz, prompting Caskey to shoot more visuals, release
merchandise and further build his BakingWithCaskey.com.
wasn’t long after that No Complaints would
reach the ears of some key industry players including legendary Cash Money Records CEO Bryan “Baby” Williams, who wasted
little time in inking the Orlando
lyricist. As media outlets such as MTV,
Complex, XXL, The Source & Vibe covered the signing, Baby wasted
little time putting together the full-length “Keep It On The Low” video and
servicing it to BET’s 106 and Park
as while as radio stations across the nation.
sizzling single and its accompanying visual have helped propel Caskey to even
greater heights with fans clamoring for more music and more YouTube material. These
impressive co-signs and power moves aside, Caskey continues to dominate social
media and WorldStarHipHop.com while
working alongside other bright talent like fellow Monster music alum T Mills and flashy rhymesayer Riff Raff.
he preps his next highly-anticipated project, Caskey promises that there are
even more surprises in store that have yet to be released. If the forthcoming
year is anything like the last, there should be no problem at all for anyone to
know exactly what Caskey is up to.