Brent Faiyaz

Christopher Brent Wood (born September 19, 1995), known professionally as Brent Faiyaz, is an American R&B singer. He rose to prominence after he was featured on the GoldLink single "Crew" alongside Shy Glizzy in 2016, which was certified 6× Platinum by the RIAA, and earned him a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

Brent Faiyaz
Brent Faiyaz Wasteland.jpg
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Brent Wood[1]
Born (1995-09-19) September 19, 1995 (age 27)[2][3]
Columbia, Maryland, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2013–present
Labels
  • Lost Kids
  • Venice
  • Stem
Websitebrentfaiyaz.com

In 2021, his singles, "Wasting Time" featuring Drake and The Neptunes, "Gravity" with DJ Dahi featuring Tyler, the Creator, and "Mercedes", all earned him entries on the Billboard Hot 100. Faiyaz's second album Wasteland debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart.[4]

Early lifeEdit

Faiyaz started making music at the age of 12. His parents were not always understanding of his dreams as a musician, which Faiyaz said was warranted as he was "always distracted" by his love for music.[5]

CareerEdit

2013–2016: Early career and A.M. ParadoxEdit

Faiyaz began uploading his experimental music onto SoundCloud in 2014. During that time he moved from his hometown Columbia, Maryland, to Charlotte, North Carolina, before settling in Los Angeles, California, to further his music career.[6] On January 19, 2015, he released his debut single "Allure".[7] On June 1, 2016, Faiyaz released "Invite Me", the lead single from his debut EP.[8][9] On September 19, 2016, his 21st birthday, the EP entitled A.M. Paradox was released and received positive reviews from music critics.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16]

In October 2016, Brent Faiyaz formed a group named Sonder with record producers Dpat and Atu.[2] The group released their debut single, "Too Fast," on October 25.[17] On December 16, 2016, Faiyaz was featured alongside rapper Shy Glizzy on the single "Crew" by rapper GoldLink.[18]

2017–present: Into, Sonder Son, Fuck the World, and WastelandEdit

On January 26, 2017, Sonder released their debut EP Into,[19] for which Duplion named them their "Artist of the Month" for January 2017.[20] The EP was also ranked 23rd by Complex on its list of "The Best Albums of 2017 (So Far)" on June 6, 2017.[21] On June 21, 2017, Faiyaz was featured in the remix for GoldLink's "Crew," which also featured Shy Glizzy and included rapper Gucci Mane.[22] On March 8, 2019, Faiyaz featured on the song "Demonz (Interlude)" from Juice Wrld's second studio album Death Race for Love.

Faiyaz released his second EP, Fuck the World, on February 7, 2020.[5] It peaked at number 20 on the US Billboard 200. On September 18, 2020, a day before his birthday, he released the single "Dead Man Walking".[23] He returned with a new single, "Gravity", on January 29, 2021. Produced by DJ Dahi, the song features Tyler, the Creator, who provides a "spacey" verse, while Faiyaz sings of "uncertain love and raps in a distilled voice praising loyalty from his female companion".[24] On February 8 , he released a new song titled "Circles", alongside a video.[25] He is currently working on a new album, titled Make It Out Alive, which is in the early recording process.[5] On July 1, 2021, Faiyaz released a new single, "Wasting Time" featuring Drake.[26][27] Following this, he appeared on tracks from Baby Keem's The Melodic Blue ("Lost Souls") and Tems's If Orange Was a Place ("Found").[28] On December 3, Faiyaz released the single "Mercedes", after having teased a project titled Wasteland on Instagram.[28]

Musical style and influencesEdit

Faiyaz has referred to Lauryn Hill as his biggest influence. When speaking to Fact, Faiyaz stated "It was Lauryn Hill who inspired me to start singing from early on".[29]

He has also cited artists such as Currensy, Lil Wayne, Curtis Mayfield, and Gil Scott-Heron among his inspirations.[30]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[31]
AUS
[32]
CAN
[33]
NZ
[34]
UK
[35]
Sonder Son
  • Released: October 13, 2017
  • Label: Lost Kids
  • Format: Digital download, vinyl (Limited to 735 copies)
7 16 4 8 27
Wasteland
  • Released: July 8, 2022
  • Label: Lost Kids, Venice, Stem
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
2 11 5 2 6

Extended playsEdit

List of extended plays
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US UK
Black Child EP[36]
  • Released: December 19, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
A.M. Paradox
  • Released: September 19, 2016
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Into (with Sonder)
  • Released: January 26, 2017
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download, vinyl (Limited to 500 copies)
Lost
  • Released: October 19, 2018
  • Label: Lost Kids
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Fuck the World
  • Released: February 7, 2020
  • Label: Lost Kids
  • Format: Digital download, streaming, vinyl
20 70
Too Late to Die Young (with Sonder)
  • Released: October 21, 2022
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download, streaming

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

List of singles, showing year released and selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[37]
CAN
[38]
NZ Hot
[39]
SA
[40]
UK
[35]
"Natural Release" 2014 RIAA: Platinum Non-album singles
"Allure" 2015
"Running On E" RIAA: Gold
"Invite Me" 2016 A.M. Paradox
"Poison"
"Too Fast" (with Sonder) RIAA: 3× Platinum
"Trust" 2018 [A] 98 Lost
"Fuck the World (Summer in London)"[44] 2019 Fuck the World
"Rehab (Winter in Paris)"[45]
"Clouded" 2020
"Dead Man Walking"[23] [B] 67 85 Wasteland
"Gravity"
(with DJ Dahi featuring Tyler, the Creator)[24]
2021 71 87 3 18 60 BPI: Gold
"Wasting Time"
(featuring Drake)[46]
49 44 5 3 34 RIAA: Gold
"Mercedes"[28] 98 25 RIAA: Platinum Non-album single
"Price of Fame" 2022 67 6 22 29 16 RIAA: Gold Wasteland

As featured artistEdit

List of singles, showing year released and selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[47]
US
R&B
/HH

[48]
"Crew"
(GoldLink featuring Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy)
2016 45 15 At What Cost
"Language"
(Paperboy Fabe featuring Brent Faiyaz)
2017 Non-album single
"Demonz (Interlude)"
(Juice Wrld featuring Brent Faiyaz)
2019 [C] [D] Death Race for Love
"Feel a Way"
(2 Chainz featuring Brent Faiyaz and Kanye West)
2020 So Help Me God!
"Sweet / I Thought You Wanted to Dance"
(Tyler, The Creator featuring Brent Faiyaz and Fana Hues)
2021 60 Call Me If You Get Lost
"Found"
(Tems featuring Brent Faiyaz)
If Orange Was a Place
"Lost Souls"
(Baby Keem featuring Brent Faiyaz)
The Melodic Blue
"Halo"
(Meek Mill featuring Brent Faiyaz)
Expensive Pain
"Trillions"
(Alicia Keys featuring Brent Faiyaz)
2022 Keys II

Other charted songsEdit

List of other charted songs, showing year released and selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[37]
US
R&B/HH

[50]
CAN
[51]
IRE
[52]
NZ
Hot

[53]
SA
[40]
UK
[35]
WW
[54]
"Villain's Theme" 2022 [E] 34 48 Wasteland
"Loose Change" 52 13 80 84 1 8 72 81
"Heal Your Heart (Interlude)" 93 26 33
"All Mine" 42 10 85 4 14 96 67
"Ghetto Gatsby"
(featuring Alicia Keys)
91 25 12 41
"Rolling Stone" 84 23 19
"FYTB"
(featuring Joony)
97 28 50
"Addictions"
(featuring Tre' Amani)
[F] 31 11 59
"Role Model" [G] 40 62
"Jackie Brown" [H] 37 60
"Bad Luck" [I] 42 77

Awards and nominationsEdit

Awards Category Nominated work Result Ref.
American

Music Awards

Favorite R&B Male Artist Himself Nominated [56]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Trust" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 13 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[41]
  2. ^ "Dead Man Walking" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number six on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[41]
  3. ^ "Demonz (Interlude)" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[41]
  4. ^ "Demonz (Interlude)" did not enter the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number eight on the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop chart.[48]
  5. ^ "Villain's Theme" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number four on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[55]
  6. ^ "Addictions" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number two on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[55]
  7. ^ "Role Model" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 12 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[55]
  8. ^ "Jackie Brown" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number eight on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[55]
  9. ^ "Bad Luck" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 16 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[55]

ReferencesEdit

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  7. ^ Tanners, Jon (January 22, 2015). "Premiere: Brent Faiyaz – "Allure"". Pigeons and Planes. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
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  19. ^ Starling, Lakin (January 26, 2017). "Sonder's Sweet-Sounding into EP Is A Sincere Testament To Intimacy". The Fader. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
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  21. ^ "The Best Albums of 2017 (So Far)". Complex. June 6, 2017. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
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  39. ^ Peaks on the NZ Hot Singles Chart:
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