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LOCAL RAPPER GARNERS REGIONAL ATTENTION, FANS
27 August 2013
Shortly after the release of three singles, rapper Carlos “Think” Brown’s regional appeal began to skyrocket. To date, Think has garnered thousands of fans and critical acclaim locally and abroad.
His sound is unique to what you may find on local airwaves, and has gotten attention from Canadian DJs and other radio personalities.
His singles include "Things I Didn't Say," "Strip Club" and "Matter of Time," in which he performs with the lyricist Slawta. They all showcase Think's rapping style, which can be likened to Common or Mos Def. Moreover, his conscientious lyrics make you think, no pun intended.
Speaking on what inspired the lyrics to "Things I Didn't Say," Think said: "I was single and imagining the ups and downs of relationships and the way people lose good people because they just don't say what’s on their mind."
Carlos Brown first fell in love with music while attending his school's morning devotion when he realized that he could do something the other five-year-olds could not do. As the other children were singing, a teacher began harmonizing with them. He was amazed at how good it sounded, and even more, that he understood how. This is when he realized his gifts, but for Brown, life was no song.
The streets offered him so many ways out of his poverty. He began selling drugs, pimping women and getting involved in gunfights. His wrong turns ended him in prison—a lifestyle he opts to never brag about in his lyrics.
After doing time, music started calling him back. He took on the stage name, “Think” and pursued a rapping career (strangely, he does not listen to rap music).
"I was always good at it, so that's what I did," he says. "I'm a free thinker and I don't depend on recycled thoughts. My music, I feel, gives you something different to think about."
Always in the background, Think has released three singles that he hopes will gain him recognition beyond the underground music scene. Happily married to a daughter, Think's music comes from a more positive place.
"I don't like the spotlight and the anger-motivated songs I have heard. They would have caused people’s deaths, but now I'm ready for people to get to know me and my new music."