By Ari Andrade
I first met Brandon Udey in Vancouver, Washington, when he was opening up for the the Bay Area West Coast legendary rapper, Rappin 4-Tay. A Stayton native, Brandon or “Udey” as is his stage name, first came onto the Salem scene by bringing the certified platinum selling star, Lil Flip from Houston,Texas. The year was 2013 and Udey hit the ground running. A hot start and very impressive feat to start your career by bringing an artist of that caliber. I attended the show and remember it vividly. It took place at the old Duffy’s Hangar, off of McGilchrist Road. Capacity was easily broken, so the number in attendance that night had to have exceeded well over 300.
He had only just begun.
Udey would go on to bring other major named artists from both the underground and mainstream: features such as Keak da Sneak, with his Billboard Top 100 hit, “Tell Me When To Go.” Other artists Udey has illuminated in the Salem hip hop scene include: Brotha Lynch Hung, Luni Coleone, The Jacka (R.I.P.), Spice 1, Devin the Dude, Twisted Insane, Ces Cru, The Luniz, Stevie Stone, Dru Down, Kuzzo Fly, Jarren Benton, Gavlyn, and Yukmouth – who is his all time favorite rapper . Yukmouth, who was responsible for the multi platinum single, “I’ve Got 5 on It,” would not only go on to make songs with Udey, but also added him to his official group roster. Yukmouth released a video via instagram confirming and solidifying Udey’s spot in “The Regime” – Yukmouth’s official collective. Udey’s most current album is also presented by The Regime. Other notable artists to have collaborated on a track with Udey include: Equipto, Dru Down, Spice 1, Young Shotty, Champagne James, Mikey Loot, and Luni Coleone.
At age 32, Udey’s musical catalog has been nothing but impressive. As a full time father, husband, and employee, Udey still finds the time to release albums and singles. Udey advocates Marijuana, a recreationally legal and medicinal substance in Oregon in his last single, “Smell it Through the Bag.” He’s release collaborative efforts with partner in rhyme, Mufasa Meek with the album, “No Rulez.” Udey’s biggest release to date is his last solo release self-titled, “Udey”. The music is available on Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, iTunes, Soundcloud, and other digital media outlets and Facebook.
Without Udey’s presence in Salem and greater Willamette Valley area, live hip hop shows would be at an all time low. He has brought more artists to Salem in the past several years than most promoters around here put together. As somebody who has organized and executed hip hop shows in the distant past, that is not an easy
task. Udey however, makes sure to evenly spread the spotlight on other locals by giving them a chance to share the big stage with larger known names. A gesture that the majority of promoters in Oregon do not share. You can catch Brandon Udey rocking the stage mostly at his primary choice of venue, Shotskis Pizza on State Street in downtown Salem. Be sure to be on alert for an announcement on his next endeavor, whether it be a single with music video, an album, or a live musical event with relevant known artists. Brandon isn’t one hundred percent sure on who he is bringing out next to our quiet city, but I can guarantee you that you’ll see me there in support for his positive movement.