Brakence is Randy Findell, a singer and songwriter born on December 17, 2001. He went to Ohio State University, but dropped out at just 17 years old, which he chronicles in his song “Dropout,” which features Blackbear. His sound has frequently been compared to the music of Jeremy Zucker, another young musician who produces his own albums and singles.
Brakence’s MusicIn his Spotify bio, Randy describes himself as a “self care punk.” He has currently released one full-length album, Punk2, a record that features high-intensity drum samples, melodic rap-style singing, and heavy synth bass. Numerous tracks from the album have racked up millions of streams on Spotify.
Fuckboy: One of Brakence’s Most Popular Songs
- One of the top tracks on Punk2 is “Fuckboy,” a high-energy track that features in-your-face vocals and heavy drums. The track’s lyrics focus on the difficulties of recovering from a breakup and Randy’s commitment to try to become a better version of himself.
- In the track’s music video, Randy finally revealed his face to fans for the first time. The video, directed by Daniel Jordan Jordan K, currently has over 600,000 views on YouTube. Its lush visuals feature multiple Randys walking through an orange grove.
- The lyrics, while shielded by abstraction, tell the story of a breakup in the age of social media. Brakence sings:
Dropout: A Track that Offers Insight into Brakence’s Life
- On “Dropout,” Brakence is joined by Blackbear for a biographical tune that primarily focuses on Randy’s status as a college dropout. After leaving school to pursue music, Randy began racking up millions of streams on Spotify and hundreds of thousands of views on his YouTube videos. However, as he mentions in the lyrics of “Dropout,” his mom wasn’t a big fan of his plan to chase his dreams.
- On the track, Randy admits that he was throwing away money at 17 years old when he left college, spending it primarily on drugs. At the beginning of the song, he sings:
Prozac: Brakence’s Commentary on Substances and Heartbreak
- The track “Prozac” starts with a sample from a video called “I live in a monochromatic world.” The sample is spoken dialog – “No...what other effects?” Following the sample, Brakence drops in with a chorus, singing:
- On the track, Brakence calls back to his previous single “Fuckboy,” saying, “I can’t take it anymore, fuckboys more fake than before.” Following these lines, he sings about escaping with substances, a recurring theme in Randy’s music. His carefree rock and roll persona is something he shares with many of his contemporaries, including Blackbear, the artist featured on “Dropout.”
FWB: Brakence’s Track About On-And-Off Relationships
- In March 2020, just before Brakence released Punk2, he dropped the third single from the album: “FWB,” an acronym for the phrase “friends with benefits.” It’s another song from Brakence that features a dialog sample at the top, this time coming from an episode of Real Talk by MOSG. The video shares a title with the song.
- On “FWB,” Brakence sings about a relationship that he started with dishonesty. He tried to be the perfect person for someone else, but his attempt backfired, and now he doesn’t know who he is. He sings, “I can’t take a lie back, now it’s stuck inside me.”
- The track concludes with a chorus and outro that sees Brakence dooming himself to never end his cycle of complicated and problematic relationships. He sings:
- The video for “FWB” was directed by Daniel Jordan K, the filmmaker who had previously directed the video for “Fuckboy.” The video currently has over 1.4 million views, making it Brakence’s most popular music video to date.
- The young singer and songwriter has already made a name for himself with his successful singles and album. He’s now poised to take the world by storm in 2021 with more releases and live performances.