By Redd Roxx
Bother Tom Sos is an all around artist and musician who found a love for music at a young age. Even through tragedy and setbacks he still managed to pursue his passion and put out dope music. I caught up with Brother Tom Sos to learn more about his story and what drives the young up and coming singer/rapper.
ReddRoxx: Thank you very much for taking the time out to sit down with Hip Hop Weekly Magazine! Introduce yourself to the readers and where you’re from
Brother Tom Sos: Aye, what’s going on y’all? I’m Brother Tom Sos. I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. My mother moved us to Cheektowaga, NY at a young age and then we moved back to Buffalo.
RR: Ok fellow Buffalonian! From what I’ve read, you’ve been doing music pretty much all of your life, do you ever question your path?
BTS: I used to question my path a lot, but now I’m for sure that this music stuff is a sure thing. At least for now. This is only the beginning though; Inshallah.
RR: Respect! I asked that question because you come from a religious family, was it difficult for them to accept your musical endeavors outside of faith based organizations?
BTS: My pop’s side was the religious side, so being raised by my mom actually made it easier to pursue my musical endeavors outside of the faith based organizations. The tension actually began to build when I chose religion.
RR: Wow and I thought it would have been the other way around! So as of now, music is a sure thing for you. What do you feel like separates you from other upcoming artists?
BTS: The only thing I would say that separates me from other upcoming artists is that I’m me. That’s it. There are a lot of hardworking, talented people out there and I salute them. I just know that there’s a lane for me in this life that can’t nobody else drive in.
RR: Love the confidence, something you definitely need in this industry. When your career began to peek, tragedy struck. Talk about what happened and how you feel it changed the trajectory of your career.
Well long story short, June 28th of 2019 my baby brother was murdered here in Buffalo, NY. I was living in NYC at the time and it crushed me. I had the opportunity to serve at a ministry in Manhattan as a bassist and that led to me becoming an acting musical director in the Bronx as well. Getting that call about my brother literally turned everything upside down. I went from being on top of the world to literally walking in hell. Never hit a bottom that low before. I hit the road immediately and moved back to Buffalo. My brother would always tell me that I should rap and that we could’ve made it out a long time ago and that broke my heart. I was so busy playing instruments and singing for these different ministries that I kind of just swept rapping under the rug, but him passing made me just want to go hard with rap. I dropped 3 projects in less than a year after that. My focus, my drive and my energy had shifted. It was bittersweet, it still is. But I know it’s all going to work out. It’s working out.
RR: That’s a fact. I’m sorry for your loss, I know that had to be extremely difficult to work through. Like many artists do though, you poured that pain into your music and actually seen some success in doing so. How did it feel to see your track “Buffalo Kids” be received so well?
BTS: It felt amazing! To actually be considered a “Buffalo Unground Hip-Hop Artist” felt great! The release of that song opened some doors for me for sure.
RR: That’s dope! It’s only up from here, what projects are you currently working on?
BTS: Currently I’m in the process of curating my first album. We’re hoping to release that sometime in 2022.
RR: Congrats! Can’t wait to hear it. If you could tap and work with anyone for your album who would it be, dead or alive?
BTS: Honestly, it would have to be J.Cole, Kirk Franklin, Kanye West, Hov, Westside Gunn, El Camino, Cantrell out of Georgia, Mac Miller (RIP), Boldy James, John Mayer, Bon Iver, etc… the list is dang near endless. I would’ve loved to tap in with Dj Shay as well. May he rest well. True Buffalo pioneer, trailblazer and legend.
RR: That’s a solid list right there! So what’s next for you?
BTS: Mastering the art of music production, working on a clothing brand and a few other business ideas. Just want to tap into every single gift and idea that God gave me. Also planning on releasing some music videos throughout 2021.
RR: Amazing! Being a well-rounded artist is most definitely a major key. Thank you again for sitting down with me! Before we end, drop your social media and links so we can support!
BTS: My social handle is @brothertomsos on everything.
Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, etc.