Brooke Candy

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Brooke Candy
Birth nameBrooke Dyan Candy
Also known asFreaky Princess
Born(1989-07-20) July 20, 1989 (age 25)[1]
Oxnard, California
GenresHip hop, pop, electronic
OccupationsRapper, exotic dancer
LabelsRCA [2]
Websitebrookecandyofficial.com
 
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Brooke Candy
Birth nameBrooke Dyan Candy
Also known asFreaky Princess
Born(1989-07-20) July 20, 1989 (age 25)[1]
Oxnard, California
GenresHip hop, pop, electronic
OccupationsRapper, exotic dancer
LabelsRCA [2]
Websitebrookecandyofficial.com

Brooke Dyan Candy (born July 20, 1989)[1] is an American rapper and singer. She is best known for co-starring in the music video for Grimes' hit single "Genesis".[3][4] She released a music video for her song "Das Me" in October 2012.[5] Her second video, "Everybody Does," was released on January 3, 2013. Her third video for "I Wanna Fuck Right Now" was released on February 11, 2013.[6] Her fourth video for "Opulence" was released on April 27, 2014.

Candy's father is the CFO of Hustler magazine and CEO of Hustler Casino, and Candy herself has been employed by Hustler as a mannequin stylist. Before becoming a rapper, Candy worked in a strip-club called Seventh Veil for eight months. Although she has been approached by four major record labels, she had not signed a recording contract until an offer was made by RCA Records in 2014. Best known for sporting metallic bikinis and pink cornrows.

Life and career[edit]

Brooke Candy was born in Oxnard, California. She grew up in the affluent suburb known as Agoura Hills, with her father, chief financial officer of Hustler magazine and CEO of Hustler Casino.[7] In her early adult life, Candy lived in Los Angeles, where she worked as an intern stylist for Rachel Zoe.[7] Disgusted with Zoe's vapid mentality and QVC fashion line, Candy contacted Larry Flynt, seeking work as a photographer for Hustler.[7] Instead, Flynt employed her as a mannequin stylist for Hustler store fronts. Candy described the job as dress[ing] the mannequins slutty"; quickly, she tired of the job and took up stripping.[7] Before her irreverent photographs and rap singles gained viral success on Tumblr and other digital venues, Candy worked as an exotic dancer at the Seventh Veil adult club in Hollywood, where she would make upwards of $1,500 nightly.[7] Of the experience, Candy said: "It's tiring, though. I don't even like men, and I have to pretend that I’m loving every fucking stupid piece of shit there."[7] The rapper performed at the club for eight months.[7] Receiving many offers, Candy was not tempted to engage in prostitution, although she considered working as a porn star.[7] Candy enjoyed dancing, but dropped the vocation in favor of performing pop music due to it being more financially lucrative; Candy professes to earn approximately $3,000 for a fifteen-minute set, double what she earned during an eight-hour stripping session.[7] She has been approached by four major record labels, but has not yet signed a contract.[7] Candy's first major label recording took place when she appeared on the track "Cloud Aura" on Charli XCX's debut album True Romance.[8] Candy was introduced to Charli by Azealia Banks when Candy hosted Banks' Mermaid Ball in Los Angeles.[9] In 2013, it was announced that the lead single for Kylie Minogue's 12th studio album would be released with Brooke Candy as a guest vocalist.[10] In February 2014 it was confirmed that Brooke Candy had officially signed with major record label RCA. The following month she confirmed via Twitter that she was currently filming a music video for her latest single "Opulence" which then premiered on April 27 on her VEVO channel. Her first EP, also titled 'Opulence', will be released on May 5. Her debut album is currently being produced by label-mate Sia amongst others.

Twice throughout Candy's career, she made film appearances.[11] In 2011, Candy landed herself a leading role as a rockstar vampiress named "Baby K" in the slasher film, Bloodrape.[12][13][14] At the age of ten, Candy had a walk-on role in the film Dennis the Menace Strikes Again! as the little girl at the diving board.[11][15]

Artistry[edit]

Public image[edit]

Candy's fashion has been described as a distinctive stripper-meets-Tumblr aesthetic.[16] She often collaborates with fashion designer Seth Pratt.[17] Following trends in stan culture, Candy has nicknamed her fanbase #FagMob.[6] Considering herself primarily a stripper and rapper, Candy also hosts a blog dedicated to photography.[18] Vice blogger Ali Carman asked Candy, in an interview, if she was offended that her internet persona was considered fake. Candy replied: "My persona is a reality to me, you know. Like I would never rap and act hood if it wasn't actually my mentality and I wouldn't perform in a super-sexual way if being a stripper wasn't the way I made money."[18] Candy is known for her extreme fashion style, most notably her long cornrows and metallic bikini costumes.[7] Her fashion sense and vocal ability has been compared to both Gwen Stefani and Nicki Minaj.[7] Candy forsakes the comparisons, commenting that Stefani, Minaj, and Lady Gaga draw influence from underground culture while never participating in it.[7] Candy criticized Gaga for hiring agents to photograph attendees of an L.A. club called "Rhonda" and emulating their style.[7] Candy has also been recorded as accusing mainstream acts of borrowing her style, including Carmen Electra[7] and Kesha.[19][20]

Candy's image is highly sexualized. "They told me not to make something so sexual," Candy told New York writer Christopher Glazek, recalling a conversation Candy had with her record executives about the music video for her song "I Wanna Fuck Right Now",[7] whose refrain is: "I wanna fuck right now / I wanna fuck right now now".[7] In her song "Das Me", Candy raps the phrase: "Slut is now a compliment" and "Candy is my name but there's nothing sweet about me.", epitomizing her personality and mission.[9] Her salacious discography aims to metaphorically represent the modern, digital zeitgeist and the dystopian future Candy foresees.[9][21] "I Wanna Fuck Right Now" reverses the gender-roles placed on women by hip hop music with lyrics like: "...pussy is a weapon, I'll be shooting dudes at random."[21] The prologue of the song reiterates the theme by sampling the line "boy don't try to front I know just what you are" from "Womanizer" by Britney Spears.[21] The video for "Das Me" co-starred many of Candy's personal friends, and the costumes were designed and made by Seth Pratt. The golden bikini sported by Candy in the video, reminiscent of the silver one worn in the "Genesis" video, was inspired by Candy's scholarly fetish of nanotechnology and transhumanism.[9]

MTV called Candy's look "super hardcore", a "breath of fresh, fearless air", and a prayer answered by the pop goddesses.[22] Called the "Freaky Princess", The Guardian journalist Michael Cragg agreed with the stripper-turned-rapper's alias, comparing her to Xena, the Warrior Princess.[21] Musically, Candy's work has been recognized for its twerk-able nature, springy beats, and cyberpunk.[9]

Influences[edit]

Candy revealed Lil' Kim as an inspiration for her rapping technique and irreverent image.[18] Openly bisexual,[23][24] Candy also expresses strong feministic ideals,[18] saying on the topic:

Well, being a woman that likes women, I guess you could say I've derived inspiration and wanted to promote strong women my whole life. I'm all about women helping women. There aren't enough collaborations like there were back in the day. Remember that track "Ladies Night" with Missy, Angie Martinez, Da Brat, and Left Eye?[18]

Contrasting to what a traditional feminist would involve themselves in, Candy often shoots with celebrity photographer Terry Richardson who has mustered controversy regarding sexual exploitation of models.[25]

Candy is an adamant and vocal proponent of the legalization of prostitution and recreational use of marijuana,[7] and has cited her previous employer Hustler's Larry Flynt as a figure she respects due to his support of both.[7] Additionally, she admires Flynt's ability to expose political figures and gain political immunity through blackmailing; she called Flynt "a genius".[7]

Personal life[edit]

Candy has a strong relationship with her father,[7] despite his disapproval of her career path and sexualized image.[7] About her father, Candy has said: "My dad won't agree with what I do until I make more money than him."[7] Candy loves traveling, and listed Copenhagen and Hamburg as favorite destinations.[7] Candy has the name "Gotti" tattooed on the inside of her forearm in honor of John Gotti, after whom she has also named her puppy.[22]

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

Featured singles[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Films
YearTitleRoleSource
1998Dennis the Menace Strikes Again!Girl at the diving board[11]
2011BloodrapeBaby K[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Brooke Candy birth day". Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Dynamic Rapper/Singer Brooke Candy Signs With RCA Records". RCA Records. 2014-02-18. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  3. ^ "Director's Cut: Grimes "Genesis"". Pitchfork Media. 2012-08-27. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  4. ^ "Grimes - Genesis". YouTube.com. 2012-08-22. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  5. ^ "BROOKE CANDY "DAS ME" OFFICIAL VIDEO". Bloodyguts.tumblr.com. 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  6. ^ a b Cantor, Paul. "Brooke Candy 'I Wanna F*ck Right Now' Video". The Boom Box. AOL. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y Glazek, Christopher (17 March 2013). "The Rise of the Rapping, Stripping, Snake-Charming Brooke Candy". Vulture. New York Media, LLC. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Eanett, Lindsey (28 November 2012). "Charli XCX, Brooke Candy and... Honey Boo-Boo?". BlackBook. VIBE. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Myers, Owen (October 2012). "Video Premiere: Brooke Candy "Das Me"". Dazed & Confused. Waddell Limited. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  10. ^ Rigby, Sam (15 July 2013). "Kylie Minogue new single to feature US rapper Brooke Candy". Digital Spy. Canada: Hearst Magazines. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c "Brooke Candy - IMDb". IMDB. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Bloodrape (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  13. ^ Stipp, Christopher (17 September 2010). "This Week In Trailers: Trigger, Night Of The Demons, Bloodrape, Idiots And Angels, Picture Me". /Film. Peter Sciretta. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  14. ^ SF Weekly Staff (22 August 2012). "Arthouse Movie Listings August 22-28, 2012". SF Weekly. The San Francisco Newspaper Company LLC. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Amazon.com: Dennis the Menace Strikes Again". Amazon.com. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Exclusive Gallery: L.A. Rapper Brooke Candy Unwrapped". Bullett Media. 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  17. ^ "BROOKE CANDY". Alispelleschi.com. 
  18. ^ a b c d e Carman, Ali. "Stalking Heads: Brooke Candy". Vice. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  19. ^ Darwin, Liza (28 May 2013). "Ke$ha's 'Crazy Kids Ft. Will.i.am' Music Video: Look By Look". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  20. ^ Woods, Mickey (30 May 2013). "6 Predictably Crazy Things to Love About Ke$ha's New "Crazy Kids" Video". Glamour. Condé Nast Publications. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  21. ^ a b c d e Cragg, Michael (11 February 2013). "New music: Brooke Candy - I Wanna Fuck Right Now". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  22. ^ a b c Catarinella, Alex (19 February 2013). "Brooke Candy: These Are A Few Of Her Favorite Things". MTV: It Girls. Viacom. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  23. ^ Bendix, Trish (2013-02-12). "Brooke Candy has a butch fluffer in her new video, lesbianism in "The Nun"". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  24. ^ Hattie Collins. "Gay rap, the unthinkable becomes reality | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  25. ^ Smith, Emily (March 16, 2010). "New rip on fotog". New York Post. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  26. ^ Pannacione, Maggie (29 April 2014). "Brooke Candy "Opulence" EP Out Next Week". Artist Direct. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 

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