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Friday, February 26, 2016

Premiere: Oakland Rapper Beejus Unveils His Newest Album, Beesmoove 2

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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West Oakland rapper Beejus (born Brandon Robinson) unveils his eighth album, Beesmoove 2, today on All Shook Down (available for download on Sunday, Feb. 28). The 12-track project, produced almost entirely by Beejus’ friend and fellow West Oakland native Oops, includes a myriad of chill, laid back raps over a selection of stark, bass-heavy beats, as well as features by local rappers K.E.L.L.S., J. Lately, and Erk Tha Jerk.

“If I’m going to work and put in effort to get shit done, I’d rather just do it with the people that I’m cool with,” Beejus said in a recent interview. “There’s no point in being selfish and taking it all for myself.”

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Beesmoove 2 is the second album in the series, although you’ll have a hard time finding the original Beesmoove online because the 31-year-old rapper made it a point to remove his first four projects from the internet. Because they were written and recorded at the start of his career, he felt they were no longer exemplary of his sound as a rapper. “I fucking cannot stand those albums,” he said. “It’s super old shit [and] I was still teaching myself how to rap at the time.”

Beejus dropped his first album in December of 2011 after years of wanting to be an entertainer in some form or fashion. Modeling his lyrics after those of Tupac’s, his favorite rapper, he spit over beats “borrowed” from other rappers’ songs. For his next few albums, he listened to early 50 Cent records to get ideas and inspiration when crafting his lyrics or perfecting his flow.

Beejus’ preceding three albums – Free Spirit: The Album, Beejus Day Vol. 1, and Sunshine and Free Living – demonstrate a more upbeat, vibrant side of the rapper compared to his new release. Beesmoove 2 is largely inspired by Beejus’ life during 2012 to 2013, a time when he was going through a depression due to financial, career, logistical, and familial hardships.

“When I was going through that depression, I wasn’t able to make songs about my sadness because it stopped my creativity,” he said. “So I needed to make super positive, super happy music. Now that I’m passed that depression and in a better place, I can now talk about those negative things.”

He said writing the album based on that time period of his life “wasn’t intentional;” he just happened to gravitate towards heavier, darker beats and candid, negative lyrics.

“I feel like everybody goes through depressing shit at some point in their lives,” he said, “so at the very least, I know this album will be relatable.”

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