Mz Bratt sings praises of maths
GRIME star Mz Bratt, the voice behind the response track to Wiley s Wearing My Rolex, releases her debut solo single, Who Do You Think You Are, at the end of this month. The infectious track took the Hainault teenager and Forest Gate producer Terror Danja
GRIME star Mz Bratt, the voice behind the response track to Wiley's Wearing My Rolex, releases her debut solo single, Who Do You Think You Are, at the end of this month.
The infectious track took the Hainault teenager and Forest Gate producer Terror Danjah just three hours to make and is set to follow her label mates N-Dubz to the top of the charts.
Both signed to Universal imprint All Around The World, Mz Bratt - real name Cleopatra Humphrey and still just 17 - is in the middle of a UK tour with N-Dubz, who recently enjoyed No 1 success with their track, aptly called Number 1.
We first interviewed her last year when the Rolex track blew up and this time she told the Recorder: "It's always really easy with Terror and it never takes him long to come up with a beat. We were at his studio in Forest Gate earlier this year and I came up with the lyrics there and then. The whole thing took a couple of hours."
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Mz Bratt is part of a new breed of intelligent young stars from London crossing over into the charts. A former Hainault Forest High School pupil, she achieved 10 A-C GSCEs, despite the pressures of her fledging career.
Two weeks ago we heard that Brentwood singer and recent debut No 1 star Pixie Lott, 18, scored 10 As in her GSCEs, as did MC Chipmunk, 19, a close pal of Mz Bratt. Both have also been interviewed in the Review.
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Mz Bratt, which stands for Be Real And Teach Truth, said: "Education is so important, because you should take nothing in this business for granted.
"I'm finding more and more that maths and numeracy are vital when signing record deals and working out what percentages are yours.''
An old head on very young shoulders, then, but no doubt helped by her father, who was MC Scallywag in late '80s acid-house outfit Spiral Tribe.
Her record deal includes another single, and an option on an album, which she is working on with Terror and other people, including Sticky and the Wideboys.
Meanwhile, Mz Bratt is as passionate as ever about supporting anti-knife and gun events, and stressed: "As artists and so-called role models, we all have a duty to make sure our lyrics are as positive as possible.
"I don't think enough artists get involved in the anti-crime events and promotions, but people like myself, Chipmunk and Tynchy Stryder all do as much as we can, and there is more stuff planned for the future."
You can catch Mz Bratt performing live at YoYo at Notting Hill Arts Club, Notting Hill Gate on Thursday, July 16.
- MATT TROLLOPE