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5 & Done: CallMeDrop AKA Drop


When Brandon Johnson acquired the moniker “CallMeDrop,” it was because of his ability to drop knowledge. “I’m a writer, a storyteller and I love music and creativity,” he states. “My goal is to recreate the lane of expression in art without being boring or cliché.”

Background: Rapper Drop puts the Drop on the competition. His latest project is a street album/mixtape called “Slideshow – The SetUp.” The mixtape serves as a flashback of his life from 2008-2011. The DMV native’s experimental rhyme scheme and lyricism offers a fresh element to emceeing. Firstly, give us some background info as to who you are.

Drop: My stage name is Drop. I’m a writer, a story teller and I love music and creativity. My goal is to re-create the lane of expression in art without being boring or cliché. As a child, I wrote stories and plays, participated in the school choir and created beats on tables to entertain friends and classmates. I noticed the types of positive responses and feedback that people gave based on the aggression and passion that I had towards my lyrical delivery and word-play. After high school, I discovered a new passion for hip-hop and music as an art form. Using a culmination of personal life experiences and lessons learned, I began attending open mic circuits and talent shows, and performing in my own shows to gain additional exposure. Although I took my skills for granted in the beginning, the fans continued to support me and keep me focused on this God given ability to tell stories through my music.” What is the significance of your name?

Drop: After winning some local freestyle competitions, I was given the name “Drop” based on my ability to “Drop knowledge and creativity when on the mic”. As time went on, people started using it on a regular basis so I just ran with it. What single or project are you currently pushing?

Drop: I have recently released a mix-tape called Slideshow: “The Setup” which serves as a collection of my thoughts from 2008-2011. The intent is to introduce new people to my music and let existing fans know where I have been over the past four years. In the spring, I will be releasing another mix-tape called Slideshow: “The Walk Through” to focus more on who Drop is in 2013. And Lastly, “The Slideshow, LP” will be released in the fall as an actual album. If you can change one thing about the music industry what would it be and why?

Drop: I know the music industry is a business, so artists have to adapt to changes in order to stay relevant, however if I could change anything about the industry I’d like the labels to sign more authentic artists. Just like pro athletes, it’s a small percentage of people with real talent and ability. A lot of those people are getting overlooked because of trends and ”watered down” writing. It’s a privilege to make music that the world can hear and access. We should recognize the people who really put time and effort into their crafts.

All Hip Hop: Any Final Words?

Drop: I want to thank for the opportunity. I want to thank the artists who inspired me: Jay-Z, Nas, Royce 5’9, Eminem (old), The Fugees, Tupac, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Alicia Keys. Also log on to my website and follow me on Twitter @callMeDrop. Welcome to the revolution!

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