Bryan-Michael Cox was honored at the SESAC Awards last week.
Congratulations. You’re being honored once again by SESAC. Can you speak a little bit about working on the Bryson Tiller record?
Yeah, tell you straight up. I always tell people whenever I write songs, I try to write songs that last long and that people would want to do again. How the Bryson Tiller thing happened, so he sampled “Shake It Off,” a Mariah Carey record that we wrote 10, 12 years ago. And it goes to show you the relevance of that album, Emancipation, and that song specifically, and I’m honored that Bryson would want to sample it and use it and become a big hit again, and we’re reaping the benefits of that too. So thank god for that and I’m actually going in the studio with Bryson, for his new album, for the first time. This time around. I’ve met him, I know his manager and all that but we hadn’t worked together. We cleared the sample and we hadn’t worked together so I talked to his manager, I reckon about two weeks ago and me and Bryson, we’re gonna work on the new joint.
What else do you have in the works?
A little bit of everything. I’m developing a company called Disrupt Media, we’re doing shorts and films that are anchored in music and I’m working on a project with Disrupt called Made, that’s gonna be crazy. We partnered up with Will Packer hopefully we’ll have some digital deals that I don’t want to speak on it till they’re done. But that’s the major thing I’m working on this year I’m excited about.
Reggae and Afrobeat are really prevalent right now in pop music. Can you speak a little bit about that?
Well, being from Caribbean descent, my father’s from the Bahamas, I grew up going to Nassau every year visiting my grandfather, it’s always been a part of my life. The vibration of it, you know what I mean? You have more artists, we have artists like Drake who come from Toronto which is a heavily Caribbean populated area, and he’s able to put on a platform and get with a Wizkid and get with these artists who have been making noise in Africa, artists who have been making noise in the Caribbean, and put them on the frontline. And because he’s put them on the frontline, it’s working.