Explain who you are for those who don’t know
My name is Brandon White a.k.a. Mr. Irritating. I’m 22 and for those who don’t know about me, one important thing you should know is I never really grew up with the ideas of wanting to be a “rapper” or an artist. I was always heavily focused on studying, getting good grades, going to college, etc. When I first came out with music in 2015, it was kind of a surprise to some people in my town and even myself cause I never thought I had that type of ability or talent in me. My grandad has been traveling all around the world performing his music since I was little, my dad used to song-write and was a pretty well-known DJ in college, so I guess it makes sense that I ended up making music haha. It’s in my DNA.
How did you come up with your name?
In freshman year, I went to Towson University in Maryland and half of the time I had no idea what they were saying because their slang was so different than the slang in South Jersey/Philly. Even though it’s not technically slang, a lot of the MD girls I met down there would call me “irritating” (in a good way) because my personality is just extra and animated haha. I thought it was funny, so I just decided to change my twitter name to @MrIrritating. After I started rapping and developing my sound, I just decided to keep that twitter name as my rap name because I felt like it complimented my sound but in a good way.
Where are you from?
Voorhees in South Jersey. Right by Philly.
Whats it like growing up where your from?
Where I’m from, there’s just a lot of successful people around you pretty much. I grew up about 2 houses down from Brian Dawkins from the Eagles. There’s a lot of big houses and nice cars everywhere. The parents pretty much let their kids do whatever. You’ll see parents drop their 15 or 16 year old kids off with hella beer talm bout, “Have a good night, sweetie!”. I remember one time I even smoked weed with my elementary school basketball coach a couple years ago haha so that kinda gives an idea of where I’m from.
How did you get into music?
I’ve always struggled with severe depression since I was 13, but when I was 19 it was starting to get really bad. I was passing out in public on campus and my room from anxiety attacks. They had to send me to a psychological center on campus and I had talked to someone there. He suggested that I try taking up a hobby and when he said that I had no clue what hobby to pick that would really help me out. So, he told me to just think about it. Earlier that year, I tried to start learning how to write rhymes, nothing serious, and my friend Mel suggested that I try actually writing and recording a song. I was straight up like, “Nah, nah I’m not really trying to rap. Everyone raps now. I’m not tryna be like everybody else”. The next day she comes in my room with a USB microphone with a mic stand, gives it to me, and tells me to give it a try. Next thing you know, I have multiple people in my dorm listening to me rap into the microphone, coming by room to see what I’m working on, and that’s how it all started.
What makes you different than other artists?
One thing that makes me different from other artists is definitely my voice and how I perceive music. On my songs, I’m basically just a much more exaggerated and animated version of myself to help communicate the message of whatever I’m saying. A lot of the stuff I write in verses addresses problematic people and situations I come across that irritate me, so I like to exaggerate my voice aggresively because I feel it helps me fully get my point across. I kinda like to combine acting with rapping. For my next videos, I really wanted to debut my acting talent with the music.
What are you currently working on
I’m currently working on stacking up tracks, getting videos done, etc. My team realized last year that we have the potential to go further with this, so that’s what were working on and pretty happy with the results in the short time it’s been. We’re still figuring out what the best moves are for us and what’s not.
Anything you would like to say?
I feel like I said enough already haha