Music video for Beedie’s song “The Cloud Life” featuring Gene Stovall & produced by ID Labs, from Beedie’s EP titled “Above The Weather”.
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Directed by ANTUKS
Animated by Stereobreed Media
Produced by P.Fish cuts by DJ Vex
By Mike Machosky
So it was hip-hop that finally put Pittsburgh on the musical map, of all things. Who saw that coming?
In a few short years, Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller and Girl Talk (OK, the latter leans more toward the electronic dance/mash-up side of things) have made inroads in the national consciousness, without shying away from their hometown roots. Will this continue? Or will the next thing out of Pittsburgh be something else entirely?
Of course, picking the “next big thing” is pretty much impossible. We’re not talking about discovering the next Christina Aguilera, either. The odds of finding that particular needle-in-the-haystack are astronomical, and those kinds of pop stars don’t generally come out of years of paying dues in local clubs.
Music nowadays has become so fragmented that the whole concept of getting “big” is kind of out of date, anyway. You can be a big deal in techno, for instance, and the average punk rocker or hip-hop head will likely remain oblivious to your existence.
Now, it’s both easier to break through and harder. Fans from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection can find you with ease — but the same goes for every other band/performer on the planet. Breaking through the clutter is still a struggle.
Yet, there is plenty of talent percolating in Pittsburgh’s nightclubs, studios, dive bars, garages, basements, dorm rooms and elsewhere, but it isn’t always easy to find. This isn’t meant to be a definitive look — there are plenty of bands/performers in Pittsburgh doing really interesting things. Here are a few of them:
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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.
Last year, Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller became breakout stars, but is there room in the vast hip-hop universe for another rapper out of Taylor Allderdice?
Beedie (@beedie412), whose real name is Brian Green, is confident that there is.
“I don’t see it as something that matters whether or not I went to Allderdice. I know there is room for me simply because I’m me,” he says. “Growing up in Pittsburgh, specifically the east side, means Wiz and Mac and I were definitely inspired by a lot of the same things and surroundings. But I wouldn’t know what I would be doing or where I would be if I weren’t doing music. I have my own story to tell about my own experiences, and that is what makes me unique.”
The 24-year-old, who was born in New York, certainly has a unique ancestry for a rapper. His grandmother is Mildred Miller (no relation to Mac) Posvar, who was a famed opera singer and founder of Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.
Beedie is prepping the release of his Above The Weather EP on August 13th. The first single comes in the form of the Buckwild produced “Robert Marley”. After bumping into each other at shows and events, Beedie and Buck built over the past year and started to work on some tracks. This anthem is a product of their hard work, expect more from them in the future. Make sure you check out Beedie’s brand new website BeedieLand.com and follow Beedie on Twitter @Beedie412.