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Established on Jan, 2008
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"Ladibree taps into the dark vibes of "Bruce Wayne""

Ladibree is currently a student at the University of Notre Dame and has released a couple of projects; a mixtape titled "Ambitions & All-Nighters" back in 2016 and an EP Only Everything ("Bruce Wayne" is taken from this EP)under her new label. It seems we will definitely be hearing more from the young lady as she prepares to deliver more musical goodies before the year runs out.
Read more at - Earmilk

"Ladibree, the edge of glory"

Ladibree only wants one thing out of life — everything.

As ambitious as she is talented, rapper and Notre Dame junior Briana Connor — better known by her stage name Ladibree, or simply “Bree” — has come a long way since the release of her debut mixtape “Ambitions & All-Nighters” only two years ago. Now, with a new EP ready for release and her own label, Plan A Records, beginning to gain traction, Ladibree is well on her way to achieving the “everything” she has her heart set out for.

Read more at: - The Observer

"Ladibree, trill since birth"

Parents send their kids to summer camp in the hopes they will bring back the muddy and joyful memories of sepia-toned polaroids, but Briana Connor returned from summer camp at Staten Island’s South Beach with a new passion for rapping. She first recorded her rhymes onto a cassette tape with a karaoke machine. By her 10th birthday, she says, “I was hell-bent on getting into a studio.” Now a Notre Dame freshman, Connor is preparing to release her first full-length mixtape as Ladibree.

Connor dismisses those early recording sessions with a laugh. “Things rhymed obviously, but you can tell the skill set is different,” she said. Over time, she refined her writing process with a focus on writing fully formed songs, not just bars. Sometimes she writes her rhymes specific to a beat, planning cadences around the rhythms found across the internet. She now starts with freestyle, paying special attention to the first line. She aims to captivate audiences from the jump and then searches for a track to match.

Her first song as Ladibree, “Bout To Go Down,” came together this way. At age 15, she heard a party DJ drop a beat that fit perfectly to a verse she had in reserve. “I knew if I performed it, people would get into it,” she explained. “Once the beat came on and the hook came in, people would ask, ‘Who is this?’” She performed it live for the first time that night and posted a studio version on Soundcloud soon after. The DJ Mustard-influenced beat is catchy if somewhat dated, punctuated by soul claps that double-time over into stuttering rolls. The real highlight is Ladibree’s rapping, passionate and frantic without rushing. She packs every bar with trash talk and local shout-outs until she can finally catch her breath on the hook, demanding, “Put your hands in the sky right now.”

Her dense rhymes are more impressive given the lack of profanity. “Most of the time people use profanity because they don’t have a better word for whatever,” Connor said. She attributes this clean yet aggressive writing to the fervent support of her family. Until Connor was old enough to drive herself, “My mom was at every single recording session, every single performance,” Connor said. “She was recording one of my shows and you can hear her in the background rapping along to every line.”

This bodes well for Ladibree’s goal of appealing to Rolling Stone readers and Fader subscribers alike. Even before she started rapping, her influences impressed her elders. “Old people thought it was hilarious that a five-year-old kid knew how to sing ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone,’” she deadpanned. Beyond The Temptations, her influences range from Queen Latifah to James Blake. Above all, she admires Aaliyah for her ability to switch from gritty to silky at will.

Two stand-out Ladibree tracks emulate this dichotomy. “FLOW” is a song built for arenas, with a live Kanye West sample complete with applause – it would be melodramatic if the drums didn’t hit so hard. The boasts do too, like “everything that I kick so sick, woulda thought my name was Cristiano Ronaldo.” She states she’s “been trill since birth” in a cross-regional salute. On the other hand, “Got You” builds around whispered piano lines. There’s a post-Drake melody inherent in the rapping. Crooning the hook, Ladibree affirms “you ain’t never changed on me, know I got you.”

These two tracks share space on “Ambitions & All-Nighters,” her debut mixtape out this Saturday. In beats and lyrics, the collection showcases her stylistic range. Connor promised, “Whether you listen to J. Cole or Famous Dex, you can listen to the tape.” There’s chronological range as well: this project has been in the works since Connor’s days at Moore Catholic High.

Ladibree’s thick Staten Island accent is a constant on her songs, but she reps her community in more than just her enunciation. Connor is heavily involved with Projectivity, a non-profit organization focused on arts education. “I knew her not as a kid that could rap, but as just an active musician on the island,” Projectivity founder Christian Penn said. She always did it on her own, and she was a hard worker.” Their relationship began when Connor was too old to take advantage of a recently funded music program but was instead experienced enough to volunteer as an instructor.

“She helped at-risk youth build their confidence, especially as a female so close to their age,” Penn explained. In return, he offered the rising MC the ability to use the Projectivity studio and eventually his services as an audio engineer. Penn hopes the entire staff can help. “As instructors in the actual music industry, we know the game plan to form a career out of this.” Connor recently won a Vans national open-mic contest with a performance of a subdued track reflecting on her time in high school.

Ladibree also opened for Raury on campus last semester. With no pre-recorded vocals as a safety net, she took to the Legends stage with the same kinetic energy as the P-Fresh dancers backing her up. The crowd vibed to her original tracks just as hard as they did to her interpretations of hits like “No Problem.” She has more shows on the way to promote the mixtape.

Beyond that? More recording. “I’m trying to start with hooks, and then go where the word takes me.” She aims to work with producers in-studio in order to bring the energy of her shows to her recordings. For instrumentation, she plans to collaborate with other Notre Dame talents.

While balancing a full class schedule, college is just another stepping stone. Connor sees campus residence as a huge opportunity. “I see the bigger picture. There are a lot of smart people on campus. I wouldn’t be surprised if I were to graduate Notre Dame with a label.” Her independent release this weekend, “Ambitions & All-Nighters,” is just the first step. - NDSMC Observer

"Ambitions & All-Nighters – [Ladibree]"

Ladibree is making her Lyrical Lemonade debut today with her brand new project titled “Ambition & All-Nighters.” Having spent her teenage years practicing the ART of emceeing and studying under veterans in the music industry, Ladibree is finally ready to share her talents with the world. Ambitions & All-Nighters is the debut full-length release from the NYC native currently attending the University of Notre Dame. Her fluidity and style matches the modern sound appealing to the younger generation, while exhibiting the classic boom-bap flows that hip-hop greats are known for. While this project is her first full length project and showcases her refined studio vision, she has been appearing in cyphers and performing since the age of 10, so experience isn’t an issue. Check out the brand new project below & be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments! - Lyrical Lemonade

"Ladibree 'Got You' with a new track & Photoshoot"

It's been quite a month for Ladibree since returning back to her hometown Staten Island, NY after her first semester at Notre Dame University. Fresh off winning the 'Vans Open Mic Contest' she is ready to make things happen from Indiana to Staten. We are proud to premier her new song 'Got You' produced by GHXST and recorded at the House of Dreams Studio by Christian Penn of Projectivity. - Stereotype Co.


Ambitions & All-Nighters (Mixtape) - 2016
Only Everything (EP) - 2019



Born a music aficionado, Ladibree is Briana Connor or "just Bree", a rapper, songwriter, producer, and occasional singer from Staten Island, NY. After realizing her ability to rap at her childhood summer camp and receiving a drum pad, she decided to focus her musical talents on rap and hip hop. Having been on stage since the age of 3 as a dancer, she found herself no stranger to to the spotlight and made the transition from performing at dance recitals to performing her self-written lyrics as a full on rap artist at 10 years young. 

By the time she was 12, she joined the Staten Island based artist collective PEMG as the youngest member of the group. Mentored by  the group’s leader NYOIL and its older members, she honed her craft and performed with the group at many different events. These events include the Best Buy showcase in Manhattan in which she shared the stage with The Astronomical Kid (X Factor) and the Zulu Nation Celebration in which she was able to perform with Afrika Bambaata, Chuck D, and other Hip-Hop legends.

Upon entering high school, she left the group to focus on finding her own sound as an artist. During this time, she continued to make music and perform, having notably placed 4th place at the World Famous Amateur Night at the Apollo at the age of 15 with her original song “Bout to Go Down”. She took a brief hiatus from her music career to focus on basketball, but then decided that music was her true passion and teamed up with Projectivity, a community focused organization to be active in her community and purse said passion. With Projectivity’s help, she released her first mixtape titled “Ambitions & All-Nighters” featuring songs “Cool Like That” and fan favorite “Yoshi” in 2017.

She capitalized on her mixtape release and gained opportunities to open shows for artists such as Raury and Bryce Vine. While studying abroad in Japan this Spring, Ladibree released an EP titled “Only Everything” under her own record label (Plan A Records). The EP includes singles “Bruce Wayne” and “Chosen” as well the fan favorite hidden gem “Thursday Night Waves”. While in Japan she’s began to create buzz for herself as an international artist performing at different events and venues most notably including the popular “Tokyo Love Hotels” party  in Harajuku as well as the “Hang Out” party series in different parts of Tokyo.

Now a senior at the University of Notre Dame, she is focused on making good music, experimenting with different sounds, performing and perfecting her craft, while quite frankly changing the game in more ways than one. Influenced by artists such as Lauryn Hill, Aaliyah, Missy Elliot, James Blake, Jay Z, Drake, and J. Cole, among many others, for her being boxed in is not an option. She's here to create and share her talent and high-octane energy with the world.