Brendan Martin, a.k.a. rapper B. Martin, is a Colonie Central High School and UAlbany graduate and has recently released "The SUNY Anthem," a song with a positive message about the SUNY system, on YouTube.
continued “I think it’s something that can definitely bring the campuses together. It’s a general positive message about SUNY,” Martin said.
Much of the song reflects Martin’s time at UAlbany, where he said “partied a little bit” but put himself on a “good work schedule.” One of the best opportunities he had during school, Martin said, was traveling and studying in Spain and then teaching students in Ecuador.
“SUNY was like four years of just a completely diverse experience. I wasn’t the top student in high school but I really turned it around in college,” Martin said. “I was really able to connect with professors.”
According to SUNY officials, the song will be played at SUNY’s graduations, radio stations and at sporting events.
With all of the hype from “The SUNY Anthem,” Martin is hoping his fan base will grow and he is working on several projects. He now lives in Los Angeles and said he is happy to wake up every day and work on something he’s passionate about.
“I think a lot of people have things they love and things they are good at, but it’s taking the extra step and dedicating your life to it. If you find something you’re truly passionate about, then it’ll just flow and not feel like work all of the time,” Martin said.
As for his music, he said he wants to keep the focus on being “very real, very sincere” and doesn’t believe working on “The SUNY Anthem” will take away from his own music.
“I think real music is what shines through. As long as my music is real, I’ll have that longevity,” he said. “Maybe some people will know me as the kid who did ‘The SUNY Anthem,’ but I don’t think that’ll take me away from people knowing me for my whole body of music. It’s a positive thing and something I partnered up with New York state. I feel blessed.”