28 year old rapper and platinum songwriter Silver Spoon Brun, formerly known as Young Bruno started off on a very different career path than most up-and-coming hip-hop MCs.
Nephew to Grammy Award winning producer Corey Rooney, Brun started his music career behind the scenes working with some of the biggest artists in the history of music as a teenager. The Queens native who hails from Baisely projects has penned records for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Toni & Tamar Braxton, Christina Milian, and Mariah Carey just to name a few.
After some years of working as a songwriter and producer, Silver Spoon Brun began readying his own project in order to step outside the shadow of his family's musical empire. He started his own label called Well Written Music with partner and friend E3, also a songwriter. In 2011 he dropped his first mixtape appropriately titled "Life After Rooney" signifying his departure from working with his Uncle. The project was well received and was a true blend of his hip-hop beginnings and R&B influences, but due to the death of his father shortly after the release his creative focus was stunted.
Re-emerging after a few months back in the studio Brun was ready for something completely new. He started prepping his new project "Ladies 1st" as an ode to all females everywhere with still enough backbone for the men to relate to. The project features production from Jahlil Beats, Shatek, and partner E3. It also features artists Tamar Braxton as well as Queens MCs Nyemiah Supreme and Young Pretty.
You can always find that illustrious smile on the face of Silverspoon Brun as his future is brighter than his past which wasn't so bad either, hence the Silver Spoon.
In a city that's yielded several Hip-Hop superstars over the past few years in Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa, the grind still continues for one ofPittsburgh most street savvy and hard working record labels, Steel City Records.
Led by CEO and founder Ron McCrae and a host of young talent in Big Lyfe and Young Nate, Ron's son, the guys have made their way around the country doing shows and performing at DJ conferences for nearly 5 years and have started to make their presence known online amongst the who's who of blogs and hip-hop websites.
After releasing Big Lyfe's video for "Early Bird Gets the Worm" on Hot New HipHop, Urb.com, FlyTimesDaily and AllHipHop.com in early 2011, the guys are returning back to to stake their claim on the streets of Pittsburgh and the in the online traps where their fan base is heavy.
"I have so many songs," Big Lyfe explained. "I'm a songwriter and I have songs about all different types of topics from love to the streets, to working hard to make it everyday. I speak about real life experiences that I go through. I have a family and I make a living doing whatever I gotta do to make it. My music reflects that mentality."
Having been faced with 135 months of incarceration, Steel City founder Ron McCrae has planned, plotted and strategized to find ways to capitalize off of the need for a Hip-Hop outlet in the city of Pittsburgh. Still fighting charges, Ron has returned stronger than ever now with his son rapping alongside Big Lyfe on their new project Cash over Caskets Vol. 2.