Brooke Candy

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Brooke Candy
Birth nameBrooke Dyan Candy
Also known asFreaky Princess
Born(1989-07-20) July 20, 1989 (age 24)[1]
Oxnard, California
GenresHip hop, pop, electronic
OccupationsRapper, exotic dancer
LabelsUnsigned
Websitebloodyguts.tumblr.com
 
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Brooke Candy
Birth nameBrooke Dyan Candy
Also known asFreaky Princess
Born(1989-07-20) July 20, 1989 (age 24)[1]
Oxnard, California
GenresHip hop, pop, electronic
OccupationsRapper, exotic dancer
LabelsUnsigned
Websitebloodyguts.tumblr.com

Brooke Dyan Candy (born July 20, 1989)[1] is an American rapper. She is best known for co-starring in the music video for Grimes' hit single "Genesis."[2][3] She released a music video for her song "Das Me" in October 2012.[4] 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.[5] Her debut album, an EP titled Freaky Princess, is slated for a 2013 release, and she is expected to appear as guest vocalist on the, Get It, lead single of Kylie Minogue's twelfth studio album released through Parlophone later in 2013.

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. Her industry ties helped her snag an internship with reality star and stylist Rachel Zoe. Before becoming a pop singer, Candy worked in a strip-club called Seventh Veil for eight months. Although she has been approached by four major record labels, she has not signed a recording contract. Best known for sporting metallic bikinis and pink cornrows, Candy has been compared to Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, and Nicki Minaj. Candy cites transhumanism and superhero-culture as the inspiration for her metallic costumes.

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.[6] In her early adult life, Candy lived in Los Angeles, where she worked as an intern stylist for Rachel Zoe.[6] Disgusted with Zoe's vapid mentality and QVC fashion line, Candy contacted Larry Flynt, seeking work as a photographer for Hustler.[6] 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.[6] 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.[6] 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. Azealia Banks stripped for three weeks, then she quit."[6] The rapper performed at the club for eight months.[6] Receiving many offers, Candy was not tempted to engage in prostitution, although she considered working as a porn star.[6] 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.[6] She has been approached by four major record labels, but has not yet signed a contract.[6] Candy's first major label recording took place when she appeared on the track "Cloud Aura" on Charli XCX's debut album True Romance.[7] Candy was introduced to Charli by Azealia Banks when Candy hosted Banks' Mermaid Ball in Los Angeles.[8] 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.[9] On 2nd January 2014, a new song titled 'Feel Yourself (Alcohol)' was uploaded onto Brooke Candy's official VEVO channel as part of the Spring 2014 Diesel campaign. It is unclear whether this track will feature on her upcoming debut album.

Twice throughout Candy's career, she made film appearances.[10] In 2011, Candy landed herself a leading role as a rockstar vampiress named "Baby K" in the slasher film, Bloodrape.[11][12][13] 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.[10][14]

Artistry[edit]

Public image[edit]

Candy's fashion has been described as a distinctive stripper-meets-Tumblr aesthetic.[15] She often collaborates with fashion designer Seth Pratt.[16] Following trends in stan culture, Candy has nicknamed her fanbase #FagMob.[5] Considering herself primarily a stripper and rapper, Candy also hosts a blog dedicated to photography.[17] 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."[17] Candy is known for her extreme fashion style, most notably her long cornrows and metallic bikini costumes.[6] Her fashion sense and vocal ability has been compared to both Gwen Stefani and Nicki Minaj.[6] Candy forsakes the comparisons, commenting that Stefani, Minaj, and Lady Gaga draw influence from underground culture while never participating in it.[6] Candy criticized Gaga for hiring agents to photograph attendees of an East L.A. club called "Rhonda" and emulating their style.[6] Candy has also been recorded as accusing mainstream acts of borrowing her style, including Carmen Electra[6] and Kesha.[18][19]

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",[6] whose refrain is: "I wanna fuck right now / I wanna fuck right now now".[6] 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.[8] Her salacious discography aims to metaphorically represent the modern, digital zeitgeist and the dystopian future Candy foresees.[8][20] "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."[20] 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.[20] 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.[8]

MTV called Candy's look "super hardcore", a "breath of fresh, fearless air", and a prayer answered by the pop goddesses.[21] Called the "Freaky Princess", The Guardian journalist Michael Cragg agreed with the stripper-turned-rapper's alias, comparing her to Xena, the Warrior Princess.[20] Musically, Candy's work has been recognized for its twerk-able nature, springy beats, and cyberpunk.[8]

Influences[edit]

Candy revealed Lil' Kim as an inspiration for her rapping technique and irreverent image.[17] Openly bisexual,[22][23] Candy also expresses strong feministic ideals,[17] 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?[17]

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.[24]

Candy is an adamant and vocal proponent of the legalization of prostitution and recreational use of marijuana,[6] and has cited her previous employer Hustler's Larry Flynt as a figure she respects due to his support of both.[6] Additionally, she admires Flynt's ability to expose political figures and gain political immunity through blackmailing; she called Flynt "a genius".[6]

Personal life[edit]

Candy has a strong relationship with her father,[6] despite his disapproval of her career path and sexualized image.[6] About her father, Candy has said: "My dad won't agree with what I do until I make more money than him."[6] Candy loves traveling, and listed Copenhagen and Hamburg as favorite destinations.[6] 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.[21]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Featured singles[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Films
YearTitleRoleSource
1998Dennis the Menace Strikes Again!Girl at the diving board[10]
2011BloodrapeBaby K[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Brooke Candy birth day". Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Director's Cut: Grimes "Genesis"". Pitchfork Media. 2012-08-27. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  3. ^ "Grimes - Genesis". YouTube.com. 2012-08-22. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  4. ^ "BROOKE CANDY "DAS ME" OFFICIAL VIDEO". Bloodyguts.tumblr.com. 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  5. ^ a b Cantor, Paul. "Brooke Candy 'I Wanna F*ck Right Now' Video". The Boom Box. AOL. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  6. ^ 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 z Glazek, Christopher (17 March 2013). "The Rise of the Rapping, Stripping, Snake-Charming Brooke Candy". Vulture. New York Media, LLC. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Eanett, Lindsey (28 November 2012). "Charli XCX, Brooke Candy and... Honey Boo-Boo?". BlackBook. VIBE. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f Myers, Owen (October 2012). "Video Premiere: Brooke Candy "Das Me"". Dazed & Confused. Waddell Limited. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Rigby, Sam (15 July 2013). "Kylie Minogue new single to feature US rapper Brooke Candy". Digital Spy. Canada: Hearst Magazines. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c "Brooke Candy - IMDb". IMDB. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Bloodrape (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ "Amazon.com: Dennis the Menace Strikes Again". Amazon.com. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Exclusive Gallery: L.A. Rapper Brooke Candy Unwrapped". Bullett Media. 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  16. ^ "BROOKE CANDY". Alispelleschi.com. 
  17. ^ a b c d e Carman, Ali. "Stalking Heads: Brooke Candy". Vice. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  18. ^ Darwin, Liza (28 May 2013). "Ke$ha's 'Crazy Kids Ft. Will.i.am' Music Video: Look By Look". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  19. ^ Woods, Mickey (30 May 2013). "6 Predictably Crazy Things to Love About Ke$ha's New "Crazy Kids" Video". Glamour. Condé Nast Publications. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ Morning Brew - Tues. Feb. 12: Brooke Candy has a butch fluffer in her new video, lesbianism in "The Nun" - AfterEllen.com
  23. ^ Gay rap, the unthinkable becomes reality | Music | The Guardian
  24. ^ Smith, Emily (March 16, 2010). "New rip on fotog". New York Post. Retrieved August 7, 2011.

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