If you’re told to describe Miles Brown in one word, which word would you describe him? Perhaps multi-hyphenate! That is the most befitting name for the young artist. Starting in the entertainment industry as a dancer, he later transitioned into acting, with his character in Black-ish – Jack Johnson becoming a household name. As Jack, Miles embodies the innocent, go-lucky, gullible, and fun-loving younger brother we all love to have in our family.
However, he has plenty of artistic talents beyond dancing and acting. He is also a rapper with plenty to say — and he is on a journey to find his rhythm.
Early Exposure Music
Brown was exposed to music from an early age. After all, his father, Jack Brown, is a rapper who goes by the stage name Wildchild. Jack has three albums (“Secondary Protocol,” “Jack of All Trades,” and “T.G.I.F. (Thank God It’s Funky)”) and one EP – “The Jackal.”
In an interview published in USA Today, he attributes his father as one of the inspirations for starting to make music. He notes that he has always had aspirations to make music, saying, “It’s been something I wanted to do since I was young.”
In the same vein, he credits his father as an inspiration, saying, “My dad is an artist, and that’s always where I got my inspiration from. He’s always been there for me when it came to music, acting, or dancing. But I think it’s special when it comes to music because that’s something he’s personally done. And seeing him do his thing, going on tours and the impact his music had, I’ve always thought, ‘this looks fun.’ But now, I want to take it seriously, and now is the time I want to get things out.”
He also had the opportunity to meet and interact with legendary hip-hop artists at a young age. “I’ve known Big Daddy Kane. I performed for him. I think I was like 4-years-old when that happened. Same with Slick Rick,” Brown recalls in an interview with the New York Post.
He also mentioned that he rapped with Big Daddy Kane on stage. “I met him backstage, and I freestyled for him, and he was like, that’s fire, and then he brought me on stage, and I did the same thing I did for him; I was dancing and everything. It was a crazy experience.”
His love for dancing must have also influenced his passion for music. You can’t enjoy dancing if you don’t love the music you’re dancing to.
Brown also explored his music talents while on Black-ish. For instance, he rapped with his on-screen twin Diane Johnson (played by Marsai Martin) in an episode of the ABC sitcom. Brown also collaborated with Marsai to create the end-credit music video “Right Now.”
Talking about the album to The Associated Press, Brown said his album is him reaching out to and inspiring the youth. “If you look at the cover, I’m expressing how we’re going to be the ones who will be in charge one day.”
He continues, “I want to make sure we know what we’re doing and realize how much power and how much of an impact we’re going to have over time. Shout-out to my big sister, who helped come up with the album cover, which is a resemblance of the signing of the Constitution. ‘We The Future’ is like saying, ‘We the People.’”
The 15-track album featured various artists, including his dad, Wildchild, Angelo Arce, JD McCrary, and Jidenna. It included the tracks “Kid,” “Feeling Inspired,” and “Special.”