New artist Kabir sends shock waves through industry with heavy new sound
QUEENS, NY – For most of his youth, Brian Kabir was a street baller in New York City. He loved
basketball, and would play for 12 hours a day – sometimes in the snow during harsh winters –
just for the fun of it. It was his dream to play professionally, and he worked hard to perfect his
craft. Not only was it a fun outlet, but it was also an escape from harsh realities.
But when Kabir was rejected from the St. John’s University team, he found himself having to do
some major soul searching. He came to the realization that he wanted to channel the passion
he once had for basketball into a developing music career.
“It really came from just looking for new ways to express myself,” he said. “When I started
rapping in 2014, I was looking to create songs that sounded like Future. But that wasn’t the real
me, and more than anything I wanted to show who I was. So I stopped trying to make club
songs and went more for what I wanted. I didn’t write anything, I just had the producer put on
a dark beat and went for that lane and that nature.”
Today, Kabir is one of the hottest new artists out of the Northeast, fusing sounds of Atlanta trap
with emo rock and even Japanese anime influences. The hard edge combines with a witty
lyricism and in-your- face delivery that is making him into a one-of- a-kind artist. His new EP,
“Please Don’t Slit Your Wrist,” is music that is hard-core and counter culture, utilizing
controversial storytelling with introspective lyrics that are definitely edgy and have a dark
theme. The first single off the project, for instance – an up-tempo song called “Reptile” – will
definitely give listeners a gut-punch of energy.
“When you hear the song you’re going to be like, ‘This kid is crazy in the head,’” Kabir said. “It’s
a similar topic to the ‘Reptile’ song from Trent Reznor. It’s a relationship kind of song that is
super dark. There’s a little bit of a story, but it’s mostly me talking about cheating. What comes
out organically is shocking. That’s ultimately what I’m going for with my music. There are fewer
artists in this niche genre, and within that genre I don’t sound like anybody else. I have my own
branch. That’s something I would consider to be my trademark.”
Kabir said he hopes his music will connect with people who feel pain and can use his records to
get through their issues. He knows that music has helped him to salvage his emotions and find
expressions for his pain, and many times it was music that shocked him out of negative
thinking. His goal is to create music that does the same thing for others.
“I’m a shock-value driven, counter-culture artist,” he said. “I’m the guy who’s going to take
things too far sometimes with my content. People will realize that my music is heavy with its
topics. But they’ll stick in your head with good sound.”
To listen to Kabir’s music, or to follow him on social media, please visit:
https://soundcloud.com/user-322315615/sets/plz- dont-slit- ur-wrist- ep-real/s- brVIo
Kabir’s music can also be found on most digital distribution sites such as iTunes, Spotify, Tidal,
Pandora and more.