Brooke Candy rapper is known for co-starring in the music video for Grimes’ single “Genesis.” She has released her own videos, including “Das Me,” “I Wanna Fu** Right Now” and “Everybody Does.”
Birth name Brooke Dyan Candy
Nicknames Brooke Candy the Queen of Italy, The Hoodrat Drew Barrymore, Lady THC aka Betty Blow
Occupation Rapper, singer, songwriter, fashion stylist
Years active 2012-present
Born: July 20, 1989, 29 years and 7 months, Oxnard, California, USA
Sun Sign Cancer
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Blue
Bra size 32D Natural
Labels RCAColumbia (UK)WonderSound Records
Associated acts Charli XCXCory EnemyLizzoSiaMNDRJesse Saint JohnKaya Stewart
She is openly pansexual. She has a close relationship with her father, Tom Candy, a CEO for Hustler magazine.
Candy’s father is the CFO of Hustler magazine and CEO of Hustler Casino, and Candy herself has been employed by Hustler as a mannequin stylist. Her industry ties helped her snag an internship with reality star and stylist Rachel Zoe. Before becoming a pop singer, Candy worked in a strip-club called Seventh Veil for eight months. Although she has been approached by four major record labels, she has not signed a recording contract. Best known for sporting metallic bikinis and pink cornrows, Candy has been compared to Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, CupcakKe and Nicki Minaj. Candy cites transhumanism and superhero-culture as the inspiration for her metallic costumes.
Raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, Candy worked as a stripper in early adulthood. She rose to prominence after starring in Grimes’ video for “Genesis” (2012), which gained viral success. Following its success, Candy’s status in the underground scene rose as she began to release her own material: “Das Me” (2012), “Everybody Does” (2013), and “I Wanna Fuck Right Now” (2013). In early 2014, she signed with RCA and released her debut major label single “Opulence” with an accompanying EP of the same name on May 6, 2014.
Later, she joined Columbia’s UK roster. Both are divisions of Sony Music.
Candy’s debut album, Daddy Issues, was originally intended for a 2015 release but saw a series of delays. Following a slew of singles, including “Living Out Loud” (2017), which peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Dance chart, Candy left the labels. Throughout 2017 and 2018, Candy toured alongside Charli XCX and Lizzo, also heading her own “Tie Me Up Tour”. Candy is currently working in her first full length album.
Life and career Childhood
Brooke Candy was born in Oxnard, California, grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of Agoura Hills and is of Italian and Jewish descent. Her parents divorced when she was eight. Her mother was a pediatric nurse while her father was CFO of Hustler magazine. Candy has talked about the stark difference between her two parents’ lives: “[The Hustler offices were] so gaudy and amazing. I’d eat ice cream and watch TV and just go from that to being with my mom, who had nothing. It was strange… It’s this whole idea of duality that I’m just obsessed with.” She also lived out of her car for a period, working as a stripper at the Seventh Veil adult club in Hollywood.
2012–14: Music beginnings
While working as an intern for Rachel Zoe, Candy contacted Larry Flynt, seeking work as a photographer for Hustler. Flynt eventually employed her as a mannequin stylist for Hustler store fronts. Candy described the job as “dressing the mannequins slutty.” During 2012 and 2013, Candy independently released her first three videos for her songs; “Das Me”, “Everybody Does”, and “I Wanna **** Right Now” on YouTube. The videos had more than a million views by early 2013. In August 2012, she co-starred in the music video for Grimes’ single “Genesis”. Candy’s first major label recording took place when she appeared on the track “Cloud Aura” on Charli XCX’s debut album True Romance. Candy was introduced to Charli by Azealia Banks when Candy hosted Banks’ Mermaid Ball in Los Angeles.
She eventually signed with RCA Records in February, 2014. “Opulence”, co-written with Sia and produced by Diplo, was her first single with the label. For the song’s video, she collaborated with stylist Nicola Formichetti and Steven Klein. The video explores the theme of “freaks,” a concept that was conceived by Candy and Formichetti at a drag bar in Tokyo. It features transgender women, drag queens, and gay men who are friends with Candy. “We’re all freaks and outcasts, and this was meant to empower them,” Candy said. Formichetti, Candy and Klein worked on a V Magazine shoot that led to Steven Klein directing “Opulence”.
Candy’s debut EP “Opulence” featuring the title track as the lead single, was released in May 6, 2014.
2015–17: Record deals and mainstream releases
On May 16, 2015, Brooke Candy uploaded on Vevo a video called “A Study in Duality”, where she “explores the various archetypes of today’s culture”. It also features the instrumental from her song “Happy Days”, produced by More Mega. The video itself was directed by Candy and Lil Internet, under Formichetti’s fashion direction and Hayley Pisaturo’s styling.
Candy’s debut album was set to be called Daddy Issues, being executively produced by then label-mate Sia, who is also a songwriter on the record. She discovered Candy on Instagram and reached out to her, believing that “she was the only person who could really support Candy in becoming who she is on a grander stage or platform.”. So far, Sia wrote at least two songs for the album, one being the single “Living Out Loud” which features Sia herself, and another Cher-inspired record. Other collaborators included Greg Kurstin, Jack Antonoff and Matthew Koma.
In August 2015, Brooke Candy has partnershiped with MAC Cosmetics on a line of makeup products. A song called “Rubber Band Stacks” was released as a single. The music video, directed by Cody Critcheloe and styled by Formichetti was premiered on August 17. It was released on August 13, 2015 followed by its music video on August 18. The song is featured on the Madden NFL 16 video game.
On January 29, 2016, Brooke Candy released a new single titled “Happy Days”. On February 4, 2016, its video also styled by Formichetti and directed by Renata Raksha was premiered on Nylon, and later was uploaded on YouTube. On May 13 she released a song titled “Changes” to promote her second makeup line with MAC. On June 2 a new track called “Nasty” along its music video, directed by Rankin and co-styled by Candy herself was premiered via Hunger TV. On July 7, another single called “Paper or Plastic” was releasedFacebook The music video for the song, directed by Darren Craig, premiered a week later.
Candy released on December 16, 2016 a KDA remix of the previously unreleased song “Living Out Loud” which featured Sia. The original and proper single version of the song was released on February 3, 2017. The same day RCA stated that the album is set for a spring 2017 release.
2017–present: Independent career
On January 2017, Candy starred in the fashion film directed by Gracie Otto and Thomas Kerr called Candy Crush. During June 2017, she toured as a supporting act for Lizzo and performed at LA Pride. The same month, Candy told magazine Bullett that she was working an EP set to be released during summer 2017 after parting ways with former record label RCA, where she hopes to go back to her roots developing a punk-inspired rap sound. She also stated that wasn’t feeling making mainstream pop music anymore, so is yet unknown if her record Daddy Issues will be released.
In another interview with Noisey, she stated that Sony owned the songs so after her departure, the album is most likely cancelled. She premiered the music video for her single “Volcano” on July 7, 2017. The song was co-written by Candy herself, producer Cory Enemy, Sia, and Jesse Saint John. The visual, directed by Candy herself, has since been removed.
Candy released “For Free” as a Germany-only promotinal single on March 14, 2018. It was featured on the Germany’s Next Topmodel “Hip-Hop Edition” episode, where Candy made an appearance and a music video filming took place.
Then, a single called “War”, written by Candy with Jesse Saint John, MNDR, Peter Wade, Will Ivy and Dave Sharma came out on May 18, 2018 along its lyric video, directed by Korean artist MLMA.
The follow-up “My Sex” featuring Pussy Riot, MNDR and Mykki Blanco was released on August 17, 2018 along its animated music video, directed by Swedish artist Pastelae and made in collaboration with ManyVids. The song was co-writen by Charli XCX and also produced by MNDR and Wade, with additional production by Trapchat.
She also teamed up with Pornhub directing an erotic film called I Love You, which was released on August 29, 2018.
Candy has stated that her first full length album is in the works. On November 16 a new single called “Nuts” featuring American songwriter and rapper Lil Aaron was released. The song was written along frecuent colaborator Jesse Saint John and Sarah Hudson.
Candy worked as a mannequin stylist for Hustler store fronts before she started her career in Music. She independently released her song “Das Me”, “Everybody Does” and “I Wanna fuck Right Now” in YouTube which got Millions of views which lead her to make her first recording in album True Romance.
fter getting little fame she signed with RCA Records which was co-written by Sia and produced by Diplo. Brooke uploaded a video called “A Study in Duality” where she explores archetypes of today’s culture. Later she debuts album called Daddy Issues which was produced by Sia and she also wrote a song for her upcoming album “Living Out Loud”. Brooke released her solo song called “Rubber Band Stacks” for her partnership with MAC Cosmetics. Eventually, Candy also released “Happy Days”, “Changes”, “Nasty” and also “Paper Plastic” which makes rapid growth in her fame.
Besides this, all Brooke is also known for her extreme fashion style and also hosts a blog dedicated to Photography. Brooke has come out as a lesbian and had the relationship with Thurman Sewell, Sidney Sewell and also encounter with Miley Cyrus too. It has been estimated that her recent day Net worth is around U.S $ 250 thousand.
Candy’s music has been described as electropop, pop-rap and most recently, pop punk while her early work, labeled as “club-rap”, has been recognized for its twerk-able nature, springy beats, and cyberpunk.
Candy’s early persona is known for her extreme fashion style, most notably her long cornrows and metallic bikini costumes. Sia described Candy as a “feminista glam alien”. Vogue profiled Candy in July, 2014, saying “For all her shape-shifting, perhaps it’s helpful to think of Brooke Candy as a tabula rasa whose videos, concerts, and everyday appearances each necessitate a different character. Together, they make her a fashion plate palimpsest.”
Candy’s fashion has been described as a distinctive stripper-meets-Tumblr aesthetic. She often collaborates with fashion designer Seth Pratt. Following trends in stan culture, Candy has nicknamed her fanbase #FagMob.
Vice blogger Ali Carman asked Candy, in an interview, if she was offended that her internet persona was considered fake. Candy replied: “My persona is a reality to me, you know. Like I would never rap and act hood if it wasn’t actually my mentality and I wouldn’t perform in a super-sexual way if being a stripper wasn’t the way I made money.” MTV called Candy’s look “super hardcore”, a “breath of fresh, fearless air”, and a prayer answered by the pop goddesses. Calling her the “Freaky Princess”, The Guardian journalist Michael Cragg agreed with the stripper-turned-rapper’s alias, comparing her to Xena, the Warrior Princess.
Candy also hosts a blog dedicated to photography.
Candy is openly pansexual, and has cited Lil’ Kim as an inspiration for her rapping technique and irreverent image. She also expresses strong feminist ideals. Candy has several tattoos, including the name “Gotti” tattooed on the inside of her forearm in honor of John Gotti, after whom she has also named her puppy. She is an adamant and vocal proponent of the legalization of sex work and legality of recreational use of marijuana.
Candy’s image is highly sexualized. “They told me not to make something so sexual”, she told New York writer Christopher Glazek, recalling a conversation she had with her record executives about the music video for her song “I Wanna Fuck Right Now”, whose refrain is: “I wanna fuck right now / I wanna fuck right now now”.
Opulence Promotional Tour (United States) (2014)
Tie Me Up Tour (UK & Ireland) (2018)
Charli XCX – Number 1 Angel Tour (2017)
Lizzo – Good as Hell Tour (2017)
Cupcakke – The Ephorize Tour (2018)
She worked as an intern stylist for Rachel Zoe before going on to be employed as a mannequin stylist for Hustler stores.
She tattooed the name, Gotti on her arm in honor of John Gotti, whom she also named a dog after.
She has named rapper Lil Kim as an influence in her rapping technique.
You may not know the name, but you’ve definitely seen and heard Brooke Candy. The SoCal native famously appeared in Grimes’ “Genesis” video and was featured on Charli XCX’s “Cloud Aura.” Candy’s also been hard at work shaping her solo career, demonstrating her smooth flow and raw, raunchy realness on tracks like “Das Me” and “Opulence.” She’s put out her debut EP and her first full length album is due out next year.
Her most recent triumph is being featured on the cover of Paper’s 30th Anniversary Issue. In the article, Candy opens up about her past, her family, and her sexuality. Here are the 5 things you should know about the rising singing sensation.
1. Her slightly warped middle-class upbringing.
“Brooke Candy (her real name) is from Agoura Hills, California. Her parents divorced when she was eight; her mother worked as a pediatric nurse and her dad, more famously, as the CFO of Hustler. Candy recalls being a little kid and hanging out in Larry Flynt’s office: ‘[It was] so gaudy and amazing. I’d eat ice cream and watch TV and just go from that to being with my mom, who had nothing. It was strange… It’s this whole idea of duality that I’m just obsessed with.’”
2. She plays for our team.
“I identify as Q,” says Candy. “It stands for Queer or Question mark.” She also calls her entourage the “Fag Mob.”
3. She’s had it with OTT displays of wealth.
“The [“Opulence”] video is meant as satire. It’s based on the story of the Golden Calf. Decadence is peaking. Everyone is slowly awakening. Even me. I think we’re moving into a period where spirituality is going to be much more prevalent than fucking cash flow. I don’t give a fuck about anything in excess. I just want to make art and help people. That’s it. ‘Opulence’ makes fun of all that.’”
4. She’s kind of-old fashioned when it comes to sex.
“’I believe in sexual freedom, I promote it, but me personally? I haven’t had sex in six, eight months, maybe longer. I think to have sex you should be in love… I’ll meet the love of my life when I meet the person who can see through every layer I have that’s meant to distract you and throw you off. I’ve been mistreated and abused my whole life, so I have these barriers up and I’m waiting to find the person who sees through that.’”
5. She’s found herself an awesome mentor.
After “Chandelier” singer Sia happened upon Brooke’s Instagram account last year and took a shine to her, Sia told Paper in April: “I saw a lot of myself in [Brooke] and I thought I had to help her not make the terrible decisions I had made.” The two hit it off and now she’s the executive producer of Candy’s forthcoming debut album, out early next year, on their shared label RCA.”
Official web site: brookecandysucks.com