Artist of the day: BC
Bryan "BC" Clardy, 34, got into hip hop at an early age, reciting other rappers’ rhymes when he was in fourth grade and getting into writing his own by middle school.
While studying fine arts and sculpture at Ringling College for Arts and Design in Sarasota, he met up with Jerry “DJ Lazy” Dufrain and joined the group Red Tide. There, Clardy says, Dufrain became a mentor to him. Ten years later, they work together at the Orpheum, a club in Ybor. Clardy works the door; Dufrain is a bartender who also books shows.
This fall, BC released Time Capsule, a six-track EP — the first in a trilogy called Time Pieces. Since its release, Time Capsule has garnered Clardy opening spots for nationally-known groups Solillaquists of Sound, Slaughterhouse and Tech N9ne. Tonight, he performs at Czar, opening for underground hip-hop artist Del The Funky Homosapien.
“I’m breaking out of my chrysalis with this project,” Clardy said. “I really think this is the most pointed and focused my work has ever been.”
The rapper performs at 8 p.m. Friday at Czar, 1430 Seventh Ave., opening for Del the Funky Homosapien. Tickets are $8-$10. He’s also performing with Grand Buffet next Thursday at Orpheum; tickets are $8-$10.
Photo: Atoyia Deans, tbt*