From his humble beginnings to where he now sits as a Veteran underground artist in the entertainment field - this is the story of the Stockton / Las Vegas / Arizona based Irish American Multimedia Artist & Businessman - Brainwash... The Recording Artist / Rapper / Producer / Musician / Writer / Published Author / Poet / Independent Filmmaker / Studio Engineer / Music Mixer & Masterer / Graphic Designer / Web Designer / Actor / Blogger / Video Editor and Owner / Operator of SEGway Inc. (The Sykadelik Entertainment Group),
an independent conglomerate umbrella that hosts the various multimedia companies that Brainwash operates from his new home-base location in Scottsdale, Arizona - including Sykadelik Music (Record Label
& ASCAP-registered Music Publishing Company); Snuff Flicks/Sykadelik Films (Independent Film Production Company); Paradox Designs (Graphic Arts & Website Design Company); The InstruMental Ward IV (Recording Studio, Mastering Lab & Film Production Laboratory); 54th Raider Publications (Publishing Company of Written Work); and "The Book of Kevin" Blog (now with more than 200,000 subscribers).
In addition, Brainwash also Owns / Operates an Office Supply Retail Store in Arizona and has a small piece
of a Restaurant Company (Hungry Hippo Restaurants) and a Salon/Spa operated by his wife.
Brainwash was born in Virginia, November 10th 1977, to a young, former-Hippie Mom & an abusive, alcoholic father. Not too long afterwards, he and his Mom escaped and relocated a few times throughout Virginia - including holding residency in Richmond, Charlottesville and Newport News (nicknamed "Bad Newz" by the locals). In 1984, they moved again - this time to Florida, where they lived in both Gainesville and Newport Richie. It was here that Brainwash discovered 4 of his most passionate loves that would continue on to this day: 1) Writing. Being in poverty & without child care sometimes when his Mom would have to bartend until the middle of the night, Brainwash would be put in a booth in the bar with a pad of paper & some pens his Mom got from the bar and he'd sit there and write (first just short stories then poetry then long stories and eventually lyrics); 2) Music (in particular, the drums). In that bar, there would be cover bands playing live all night and Brainwash found himself really into the percussionists the most. He'd end up playing along with the mostly 80's rock being played by the bands, drumming on the table with his pens & pencils - learning the rhythms and beats. One night, the drummer noticed and invited Brainwash on stage to play the drums on a fairly easy song for the first time ever performer - the band choosing the Steely Dan song "Hey Nineteen" and Brainwash rocked the house. The entire bar clapped & cheered for this 7 year old rocking the drums with this great cover band at 1am on a school night. Later on, when Brainwash asked his Mom what the lyrics meant when they said "the Cuervo Gold... that pure Columbian... make tonight a wonderful thing..." - obviously knowing what the tequila was, since he often helped his Mom count the bar inventory after her shifts, but he had no idea what "that Columbian" was. His Mom, not wanting to admit what the song was really about, just said "coffee". LOL. 3) Hip-Hop. It was this same year that Brainwash also really fell in love with Hip-Hop music after hearing The Fat Boys for the first time - eventually convincing his Mom to purchase him the vinyl album of their debut album that year. And when his Mom wound up working at a hotel where The Fat Boys were staying while there to perform a show nearby that year, Brainwash had the chance to meet them for the first time (but not the last). Brainwash remembered how unfriendly & rude they were and knew one day he'd be a star too and vowed to never end up the way they acted that day - rude & snobby towards a kid who considered himself to be their biggest fan at the time. It was a disappointing meeting but it didn't ruin his love of their music or his determination to be bigger than they ever were.
4) Raiders. Also this year, just a couple weeks after moving to Florida - to a town about an hour away from where the Super Bowl was being played that year, in Tampa Bay, with the Washington Redskins (the team that everyone in Virginia rooted for) faced-off against the Los Angeles Raiders, and Brainwash & his Mom tuned in to watch the Redskins. But by halftime, Brainwash had found himself in love with the Silver & Black and when Marcus Allen rushed for that incredible 74 yard touchdown run - Brainwash knew he'd be a life-long, die-hard Raider fan forever. 1984 was, indeed, a seminal year for the 7 year old, poor, Irish, major rap music & Raiders super-fan, amateur drummer and extremely intelligent & talented writer-in-the-making, who was getting straight A's in every class, despite being exhausted in school every day from getting very little sleep the night before. Nevertheless, Brainwash excelled in every school subject throughout 6th grade and was scoring among the highest grades and test scores in the state, but started feeling himself becoming so bored with the curriculum that he was so quick to learn well before all the other students and because of this, began to act-out in class a bit - starting to be known for being a class-clown for a time. Because of all the disruption (as well as frequent absences due to faking illness at home to avoid having to attend school since he was so unchallenged and bored with what was being taught, the Elementary School Administration called Brainwash and his Mom to a meeting to discuss his increasingly difficult behavior and challenged him to attend a set of small group AP Elementary School Classes to prepare for taking a test that would allow him to graduate 6th grade earlier than everyone else if passed, as a way to get him out of the school without having to suspend or expel him just for being too smart for the curriculum. Brainwash accepted the challenge and completed the 4 month test preparation AP classwork in 1 month, then used the remaining 3 months until the next scheduled school graduation to take several Band electives, Creative Writing and Poetry classes offered at a nearby Middle School to his Elementary School - where Brainwash took part in a poetry memorization challenge (similar to a spelling bee) that began in-school then progressed to a school district-wide contest and finally a city then a state championship - where Brainwash won 1st place, having memorized more than 200 poems and then even threw one of his own in there too, just for the fun of it. Of course, when the time came to pass the graduation test early - Brainwash aced the exam and graduated a full 6 months ahead of his track's scheduled graduation date but age rules at the time prevented him from being enrolled in 7th grade until the rest of his age-group/class-level was able to enroll. So Brainwash found himself suddenly with 6 months free of school, but even at 10 years old, Brainwash's Mom wasn't about to let him just kick back and relax during that time - so she put him to work at the hotel restaurant she had just been promoted up to Catering Manager at, having Brainwash do various odd jobs at the restaurant, including helping with inventory and other administrative tasks.
It didn't take long after Brainwash's Mom was promoted to Catering Manager to knock her position out
of the park and was, in turn, offered another promotion - this time as a Food & Beverage Director for another hotel restaurant that this small company owned. This time, the relocation was cross-country, and in 1987 - Brainwash found himself moving again - this time to Stockton, California. And it was there that Brainwash's life changed forever - in just about every conceivable manner - for the better and for the worse.
Brainwash was enrolled in Middle School and continued taking Band classes as a drummer, getting better and better all the time. In 1988, Brainwash (at that time nicknamed "Kevin The Kid", then later just shortened to "Da Kid" (named after the legendary outlaw Billy The Kid, whom Brainwash had found himself infatuated with at a young age). When asked by his school counselors who he admired most, Brainwash answered "Nostradamus, Billy The Kid & my Mom". The school counselor later said that that was the strangest answer he had ever heard an 11 year old kid give. In the apartment complex that Brainwash lived in, he and his buddies formed a breakdance and rap crew and together they'd challenge and battle neighboring apartment complexes - carrying around a boombox and a rolled up piece of linoleum with them. They were known them as The Krime Wave and then as the breakdancing turned more focused to rapping above all else - the crew dropped a couple people and picked up a few new ones and was renamed to Stockton 187.
The first time people became aware of Stockton 187, it was at the Middle School Talent Show in 1989 where they performed a cover of Big Daddy Kane's "Aint No Half Steppin'" at the show in the school gym and tore it up. They knew they were kinda on to something, despite Brainwash being extremely shy & introverted and found that he actually hated performing live in front of people, but managed to convince himself to get over his stage fright. After the talent show, the members of the group (Brainwash, DJ Mista Vicious, A-Bomb,
DJ Gangsta-D, Boss, Shaun Da Mac, Killa Gram, Walnutt & Plan B) decided to record a tape of their own music and began to build a make-shift, very crude and terribly-assembled recording studio in the garage of the much older A-Bomb, a 16 year old high school drop-out who sold dope & lived around the corner from Brainwash. Right away, there were constant disagreements between all the different personalities involved in this thing. Brainwash wanted to call their studio The X-A-Q Shunn Chamber and A-Bomb simply wanted to call A-Bomb Studios, decided to compromise and used both names on the tape case cover as
their "record labels" (even though neither were really officially a licensed label) and so it read X-A-Q Shunn Muzick and A-Bomb Records as the record label and for the studio's name, they simply called it Adrian's Garage Studios. The studio itself was a hodgepodge of randomly assembled equipment - none of which were compatible with one another or even designed to be used for what they were trying to do with it. Nobody had any money though, so they did the best they could with what they had to work with and Brainwash brought in a dual-cassette-deck karoke machine and a basic Casio "mall keyboard" that he got for Christmas. The karoke machine had a mic input but the mic they had for it had a short in it, so there are some songs with feedback and the sound quality was always pretty terrible. They built an old fashioned homemade "popper-stopper" using a bent coathanger and a pair of pantyhose. Mista Vicious brought 2 turntables and a small Radio Shack mixer. Boss brought a bass guitar (he was a school band-mate of Brainwash's, who was learning to play the bass). Gangsta-D had nothing to bring with him but wanted to be the group's DJ, despite having no previous DJ experience and despite the fact that Mista Vicious did have experience as a DJ and the DJ equipment - which led to a battle between those two that got physical. In the end, they both carried the "DJ" title before their nicknames but Gangsta-D never really actually did any DJ'ing other than playing a record that contained a sample that the group wanted to capture to make a beat with, but not having a sampler or sequencer, Brainwash would use the pause button method on the karoke machine tape deck - pressing pause just as the piece of sampled music they wanted to loop ended, then unpausing it again when Gangsta-D put the needle back in the right place - a process they had to keep repeating perfectly with no room for error. Brainwash later bragged that he was the master of pause button sampling. Plan-B & Walnutt's main roles were top be the group's "hype-men". Shaun Da Mac was to be a co-rapper along with Killa Gram , with Brainwash being the group's main rapper and writer and producer, as A-Bomb acted as a co-producer and since his house hosted the studio, he was part of the group in spirit anyway. The recording process was extremely tough to accomplish and manage, the kararoke machine tape descks were the primary recording medium but
and moved to Stockton, California in 1987 and began his underground music career at a very young age - initially as a drummer in an elementary school band and then in his middle school band as well. Naturally gifted with talent as a writer as well as a musician, Brainwash had already been writing poetry, short stories and song lyrics since he was just a single digit old - eventually picked up the mic and recording his debut underground tape, "Stockton's Most Wanted", as part of a group called Stockton 187 (with other members DJ Mista Vicious, DJ Gangsta D, Boss, KillaGram, Shaun Da Mac, A-Bomb, Walnutt & Plan B) in a very low-budget, crude garage-based "recording studio" (which was compiled of the following "equipment": a dual-cassette-deck karoke machine with a microphone (w/ a shorted-out mic cord), a bass guitar, a small Casio "mall keyboard" with no "ins" or "outs" and no way to incorporate sounds or export them other than through the built-up speaker and a gigantic marching band bass drum that Brainwash & Gangsta-D broke into their middle school's band room to "borrow". The result was a horribly produced cassette tape of the "Stockton's Most Wanted" tape release; which the group dubbed copies of from several "master" dubs each member had and Brainwash designed a crude cassette tape case cover using a typewriter and a B&W copy machine at his mom's work. Together, the group dubbed off copies of the tapes and gave them away at middle school and on the school bus - trading them sometimes for lunch tickets and candy, and once in a while trading them for cassette tapes of other artists (like NWA, Too Short, etc) or even selling them for money once in a great while. The songs were terrible but no one else in Stockton was really doing anything like this quite yet, so the novelty of having Stockton, California represented on a rap tape was enough for the kids in town to love what they were hearing. Unfortunately, most of the group weren't taking any of this seriously the way others were and the group was very short lived - breaking up at the end of 1989. The tape included logos on the back of the cover of both Brainwash's X-A-Q Shunn Muzick and A-Bomb Records.
The following year, Brainwash (originally known as "Kevin The Kid"; then as "Da Kid" - which was a nickname given to him because of his childhood interest in notorious outlaw Billy The Kid), decided to go it alone & recorded/released his debut solo underground tape - 1990's "Welcome 2 Stockton", on his now officially registered independent record label, X-A-Q Shunn Muzick. At just 13 years old at that point, Brainwash was already getting recognition for his talent and especially for his hustle. He followed that tape up with another in 1992, "Poltergeist", one with his new group SMC, called "Stockton Mafia Click" in 1993 (consisting of members Brainwash, Koid, J-Dogg, C-Bone, Snipe and Killa Gram & Mista Vicious from Stockton 187) and then in 1994, he recorded/released his final underground solo tape, "Death Around the Corner", before launching into what would really define the beginning of his new career launch as an official factor in the rap game as he really started to get serious with taking his talent to a new level.
In 1993, after connecting with another local rapper, Koid, and a group called Da Bomb Threat (consisting of Stockton rapper D-Cal and San Mateo rapper/producer 8-Ball) - Brainwash was born and the "Da Kid" moniker fell away. When Da Bomb Threat changed their name to Black Rhino, 8-Ball also became "Crazy-8", and the group released their debut studio album, "Point Blank Game" in 1995. Brainwash, who was trying to really find himself artistically - started doing some art under other nicknames altogether, not wanting to show his hand exactly before he was ready for the world to experience what he was secretly developing with Ball at the time. So Brainwash participated on Black Rhino's debut album under a different, secret moniker at the time. The success of Black Rhino's debut album really motivated Brainwash to really up his game from underground tapes to getting into a real studio and knocking out an actual album. So Brainwash & 8-Ball, who clicked-up especially close, got to work on one of the most groundbreaking legendary classic albums in rap music history - 1996's "Skitsofrenic".
Using his horror-movie rap style he first experimented with on 1992's "Poltergeist", Brainwash decided to delve deeper into that subgenre of hip hop a bit for his debut studio album. He also wanted to still do more traditional reality / street rap (also known as so-called "gangsta rap"). Trying to combine both styles would be difficult though, so he devised a concept in which he'd be afflicted with a split personality disorder with the 1st half of the album (called the "sewaside" on cassette tape format releases) being 7 tracks about gruesome murders & sick shit you'd see in a horror flick - set to beats based primarily on flipped themes from scary movies while the 2nd side (called the "hamaside" on cassette tapes) would feature 7 more traditional rap styles - "gangsta rap lyrics over heavy baseline & moog style beats" (as one magazine critic explained). The cover concept would reflect this as well, with Brainwash shown wearing a ski mask & gloves, along with dark clothing - one hand holding a large knife while the other held a Mac-11 - and in the background, piles of bodies (the pic taken from the Jonestown massacre). The title would also reflect the concept - "Skitsofrenic".
When "Skitsofrenic" was complete, Brainwash was offered several record deals but after doing the math on what he could earn doing it all on his own, after watching Black Rhino do it and seeing how several Bay Area artists like E-40 were doing it, Brainwash officially established his X-A-Q Shunn Muzick record company as an underground & independent factor by releasing the album himself, initially pressing up 5000 units & driving up and down the West Coast (from L.A. to Washington and back down again), with 8-Ball - stopping in every city between, ripping out the record store page from the phone booth pages and going into the shops to put his units on the shelf himself on consignment deals, ensuring no one would make as much on his art as he would.
Following the success of "Skitsofrenic", Brainwash was approached by a writer from Saturday Night Live & Conan O'Brien's late night show, Ronny Wyatt, who was beginning work on an independent film project of his own and wanted to use Brainwash's hit single "Slippin' In The Darkness" in the movie. Brainwash agreed, and even came down to read for a small part in the movie himself and after the cast realized his natural talent, they decided to offer Brainwash the starring role instead. So, in 1997 - Brainwash, in his first acting role, would star as "Quasi" in the Regrettable Productions film "Lost" (for which Brainwash also contributed a few songs to the soundtrack as well). Unfortunately, Brainwash & D-Cal had a falling out by this time and as a result, he had stopped hanging with them - even 8-Ball. This has been said to be one of Brainwash's biggest regrets, having lost touch with Ball for these next couple years. As Brainwash's fans were appreciating his award winning acting performance, they were also clamoring for new music as well. To appease them, he released an underground CD called "Razor Blades & Bloody Bathwater", which featured a bunch of previously unreleased tracks recorded over the prior few years - all of which dealing in the "horror movie rap" genre that he had so well established with the first side of the "Skitsofrenic" CD a year earlier.
The following year, Brainwash still hadn't gotten into the studio to release any new music yet so he followed up the "Razor Blades..." underground release by dropping another similar project - 1998's "Politics", which featured more previously unreleased tracks recorded over the prior few years - this time dealing in the more traditional reality rap that the 2nd side of "Skitsofrenic" dealt with. He also still had the movie bug in him, so he decided to try his hand at filmmaking himself and wrote/directed/produced/co-starred & did the music for his own independent feature film: 1998's "Smoked Out" (a comedy about a couple pothead loser buddies and their adventures to find dope over the span of a few days in Stockton). He enlisted friends & family, along with a couple pro-actors he met while doing "Lost" in 1997, and released the movie on VHS that year as well as dropping a CD called "Left 4 Dead" (Da Undaground Shit) for his bro & artist Koid, who had been incarcerated for the last couple. This project included music Koid had recorded over the prior few years and featured appearances by Brainwash, Lunatik, Mr. Peebodee & Koid's long-time producer Joey "J. TRU$" Cordero.
In 1999, Brainwash had returned to the studio and knocked out his 2nd official studio album, "Posthumous", collaborating with new artists like Mad-Cel along with ones he had woked with in the past, like Koid & J. TRU$ (of the new wave hip hop group Planet Mongrel), and some new artists of Brainwash's - including Rickochet and the jazz-fusion band Four Feet Projects (consisting of piano/saxophonist Jake "Snake Bite" Rushing & guitarist Chad "The Token White Boy" Dorado, among other musicians) and another guitarist named Rich Daddy Rich. Brainwash was expanding his musical horizons and signing artists to his newly re-christened Sykadelik Entertainment label. It was also this year when Brainwash reconnected with 8-Ball, who was just coming off a very high level of success of his own following Black Rhino's release of their 2nd album, "Paper Route", which BLEW-UP all over the country. Unfortunately, Brainwash had also gotten mixed up in some shit that would result in him having to spend some time incarcerated from 1999-2002.
Following his plea agreement in court, Brainwash was released on bail prior to his official sentencing hearing, to get his affairs in order and he quickly tried to collect his music for subsequent releases, leave instructions for those he had left in charge while he'd be gone and so forth - the result of this quick attempt to get business handled was that things got mixed up and everything was pretty much a mess after he surrendered himself to begin serving his sentence. In his absence, Sykadelik was left to be run by Brainwash's long time music manager/lawyer & occasional production partner, Vic "the Jew" Goldstien, and he was supposed to release 2 compilations as well as Brainwash's spoken-word poetry release & a greatest hits CD.
One of the compilations was called "Eclectic Fusion" and was supposed to feature a wide variety of musical genres and diverse artists that Brainwash had signed or had been affiliated with, in this experimental project which would feature some rap, some rock, some jazz, some hip hop, some punk and some spoken word - opening the door for Brainwash's spoken word CD, "Cocktail Napkin Poetry", which was a great departure for Brainwash, artistically, so it had to be handled right - if at all. Brainwash had stated that most of that spoken word CD had been recorded while tripping on acid and during a terrible personal time for him (the same time in which he landed in legal troubles) and didn't even actually want that release to come out after thinking more about it, but the gears were already working and it hit stores before the compilation did and confused the hell out of his fans. To make matters worse, the "Eclectic Fusion" compilation wound-up coming out with a few songs that were intended for the more-gritty-rap compilation (the 2nd of 2, called "Stockton City Limits") but that entire project was shelved and some of the songs crossed over in the mix to "Eclectic Fusion" on accident and long-story short - the "Eclectic Fusion" compilation was a mess and the "Stockton City Limits" compilation didn't even come out. 2000 was a trainwreck on all accounts.
In 2001, in an effort to minimize the damage done by Brainwash having released nothing but spoken word the year before (infuriating his rap fans), Sykadelik released a hodgepodge collection of tracks from a variety of genres that Brainwash had been experimenting with in the past - including rap - for the clusterfuck CD called "Reanimated", which has been called by Brainwash "the worst piece of shit I've ever done and one that never shoulda been released." Even so, the project did have some highlights - like the collab track with Koid called "Money Green" among others. But nevertheless, Brainwash's career had started to resemble the mess that his personal life had already become. The final release to hit stores during Brainwash's absence was the "Hits & Contracts" CD, which was supposed to be both a "greatest hits" and a sampler of at least 1 song from every Brainwash release - including his 3 underground tapes before "Skitsofrenic", along with a couple bonus tracks of songs from his vaults. The project was yet another disaster.
Following Brainwash's return home in 2002, he struggled to get his life straight again and wound up sinking into a nasty drug addiction that would control him for the next couple of years and further continue his spiral out of control. The only bright spot in that time frame would be the novel he wrote (mostly while incarcerated, then finished & published upon his release) called "This Thing of Ours" - a fictional tale loosely based on his actual brief journey into the criminal activities that led him into his current situation. The novel was very well received and his writing was praised by literary critics everywhere.
In 2003, still avoiding music, Brainwash had decided to re-edit his 1998 movie "Smoked Out" and released The Director's Cut DVD of it. He also launched a graphic design company called Paradox Designs with a local airbrush artist, and together they were supporting their drug addictions and fueling one another's demise by combining his airbrush artistry with Brainwash's computer-based graphic design skills and although they forged a pretty successful little company, doing T-shirts and a wide variety of custom projects, it was clear that Brainwash needed some kind of intervention. He hadn't spoken to Koid or 8-Ball in years and out of the blue one day, Koid got a hold of his boy & tried to push him to get back into music again, in an effort to help him get through all the shit he was dealing with. After some reluctance, Brainwash decided to give it a shot and got back into the studio - recording/releasing 3 underground CDs in 2004 - "Sympathy for the Damned", "Euthanasia" and "Rebel Without a Cause". Although these weren't his best works, they were original and creative and really incredible little pieces of art in their own right when you really listen to them. Brainwash was back, but he had some demons to overcome first.
After Brainwash had sold a bunch of these CDs around California, one of them got to a friend of 8-Ball's, who had long since relocated to Las Vegas and wound up getting a copy of "Sympathy..." sent to him. He immediately reached out to Brainwash & told him to come out to Vegas, where Ball had been doing some big things. Upon Brainwash's arrival, Ball knew something was wrong - as Brainwash had lost over 100 pounds and looked sick. He confided in his mentor that he was deep into dope and doing bad. Ball (who had now dropped the "Crazy-8" nickname and after breaking up with D-Cal years earlier, decided to start using the group's name as his OWN name - becoming publicly and professionally known as The Black Rhino, though he would always just be 8-Ball to Brainwash), decided to intervene in Brainwash's situation and told him to move to Vegas and he'd help him get back on his feet, get off the dope & get back into doing his art. Brainwash was still, by far, the dopest artist that Ball had ever worked with and he knew underneath all the trouble that the talent he recognized 11 years earlier was still down there, and in 2005 - Brainwash, now clean, went on one creatively with (and without) Ball there to inspire him - recording NUMEROUS projects and releasing them all on his now re-formatted Sykadelik Entertainment label. In 2005, he dropped the underground releases "Lyrically Speaking", "Leftovers", "Quatrains" & "Entropy", before putting out his 3rd official studio album (and best work to date): "Current Events". Brainwash was back...
The following year, in 2006, Brainwash released the best album of his career (his 4th official studio album), "Amnesia", which solidly planted him back into the industry as a factor once again - with that project going international and garnering much attention worldwide. He also put out a few underground releases that year, including "Sleeping Thru The Mourning" and Social Insecurity's "Mood Swings".
In 2007, Brainwash dropped a handful of underground releases including "Birth Control" (Leftovers V2), "Multitrack Minded", "Face the Music" and "The Anarchist Cookbook" (Hits & Contracts V2), and then out of nowhere announced his retirement from the game as he planned to move again, this time to Arizona, to start a family with his long time girlfriend and open some businesses out there that weren't involved in the entertainment industry. No one understood the move at the time but Brainwash had decided that he did what he set out to do and his creative juices how now run dry, so it was time to quit while he was on top...
Brainwash remained out of the spotlight for the next several years, but his fans kept his name alive on chat sites and he would often still get fan mail from fans all across the planet. He decided, in 2011, to commemorate the 15th anniversary of his "Skitsofrenic" album, to release a 15th Anniversary Edition of the CD, in a limited press, for the fans. All this did was get the fans clamoring again for new music, but Brainwash wasn't interested at the time... He was content where he was in life and returning tot he studio wasn't an option for him then.
The following year, tragedy struck and 8-Ball passed away. This broke Brainwash's heart and you can feel his pain on the 2012 song, "Rest In Paradise" (RIP Rhino) that he and another long time friend N-Sane (of Mental Illness) did (featuring Big Juice) in memory of his fallen mentor. Brainwash played the song for closed loved ones but only did it in memory of his brother, not for commercial release. In fact, that song didn't get major play for another 4 years - when it was included as a bonus track on the 2016 "20 Year Anniversary Collectors Edition" release of the "Skitsofrenic" CD that Brainwash dropped that year. The only other project he had done prior to that was a very limited press of a CD called "The Washgate Tapes" in 2015 which included almost all of the tracks from Brainwash's 3 underground solo tapes from 1990-1994, compiled together on one disc for the true fans. This CD sold out quick and the fans went nuts with it - some even re-selling them on eBay for $99+ a piece. It was clear from that + the fan's reaction to the "Skitsofrenic" 20 Year CD in 2016, that Brainwash was still in high demand...
It would take several more months before Brainwash was ready to attempt to record any new material but in early 2017, he hit the studio again (for the first time in a decade) and began work on his new album... Which, it's strange to say (since he's released so many underground CDs), is only his 5th official studio album release! But now, in April 2018 - the album is done and available now! It's, by far, the best work of his career. This album is incredible and the fans are going apeshit over it already!
Aside from "Amygdala" - Brainwash also released an underground accompaniment CD, featuring more of the music done for the "Amygdala" project that didn't make the final cut, on an underground release entitled "Purgatory". Later on in 2018, Brainwash also appeared on the international radio hit, "Future Funk", featuring Imaan Faith, Limo G and Phonkey Dee; as well as appearing on Nutt-So's album "My Outlaw Brothers Volume One"; on the track "Wargames". In 2020, Brainwash also produced several songs for The Narrator RBX's new album (coming soon) and also appears lyrically one one of them too - a straight hit.
In 2020, Brainwash began work on his new album, "Acetylene", which - due to the pandemic hitting - was pushed back a few times during it's production. As it stands today, towards the end of 2020 - the album is nearly complete and Brainwash anticipates a release date of February 2021 for his newest release - one that he guarantees will be his best work to date. Aside from some appearances on the new album that Brainwash has kept secret - the ones we know about who appear on the album are: Dazzie Dee of Da Lench Mob, Prodeje of South Central Cartel, The Narrator RBX, Money B of Digital Underground, The Lady of Rage, Ras Kass, D-Wall (Darren Waller, Tight End of the Las Vegas Raiders), comedian Jeff Ross (The Roastmaster General), actor Hassan Johnson of The Wire television fame, Nutt-So of The Outlawz, Mad-Cel, Pam Harris, Sean "Barney Rubble" Thomas (of Death Row / Aftermath Entertainment fame) and more!
There are also many other projects on the horizon as well, including a collaboration album with singer/rapper Mad-Cel (called BRAIN-CEL), a greatest hits collection called "Sykadelikacies", a remix project called "Past Tense", a collaboration album with rapper/producer The Black Rhino (called THE BLACK/IRISH), a special edition underground release just for the fans of Brainwash's early 90's psycho style called
"A Brush With Death", a collection of leftover tracks that won't make the final cut of "Acetylene", called "Ominous", and so much more!
The Sykadelik Relic has returned to reclaim the throne....