Music in his blood: Beedie
by Rory Webb
Pittsburgh rapper Beedie has the artistic pedigree — but the road to success for the young MC hasn’t been an easy one. Still, maybe being born into a line of musicians and actors suggests a little bit of destiny at work as the 24-year-old is poised for next-level success.
Born in New York City, Beedie (real name: Brian Green) spent time living in Washington, D.C., and Oklahoma, as his father’s career as a sports announcer required the family to move around a bit. In 2001, Beedie and his younger brother moved with their mother to Pittsburgh, a city where his mother and grandparents had quite a history.
Beedie’s mother, Marina Posvar, is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Art; she acted in commercials and television, including a role in the NBC soap Days of Our Lives. His grandfather, Wesley Posvar, served as the Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh from 1967 to 1991. Grandmother Mildred Miller was a famous opera singer in the mid-20th century. After graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1946, she landed leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera from the ’50s through the ’70s. She founded Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in 1978.
Beedie began experimenting with his art-form of choice at a young age.
“I wrote some rhymes when I was 12, and then again when I was 15 and 16,” he says. “But when I turned 18, I actually got kicked out of my parents’ house.”
He’s critical of some of the decisions he made during his teenage years, such as dropping out of high school.
“There was a period where I was making some negative choices in my life,” Beedie explains of his absence during what would have been his senior year at Taylor Allderdice High School.
Out of school and kicked out of his parents’ house, Beedie stayed with a friend and took courses at CCAC to obtain his GED. The experience strengthened his thoughts about a career in music.