MURFREESBORO, TN – For MTSU student Nate Brownfield, hip-hop is a life style. It’s a life style he’s been going after since he was a teenager in high school.
“I was in high school, and I was really into music playing drums,” said Brownfield.
After having several failed bands, Brownfield realized he had more motivation towards music than most the people he worked with.
He decided to change his style of music entirely dawning a new name for his brand, Illuminate.
“So, I started doing rap music and Illuminate kinda came about because Illuminate means to spread knowledge and also my name’s Nate so Illuminate,” said Brownfield.
Over the years he’s grown his brand with his team playing alongside acts like OG Maco, Twista, Ying Yang Twins, Chuck English, and more.
His main goal isn’t just becoming successful though, but spreading knowledge into people’s lives.
“I value being informed and being open to things and always trying to be a better me,” said Brownfield.
He’s not doing this all on his own either. Brownfield has a team of over 7 people to help him expand his brand and music to more people.
“Most of us that are here with Nate were friends first,” said Street Team Manager Cassy Mckenzie.
Brownfield graduates from MTSU with a focus in the Recording Industry Major next year and plans going on tour immediately after.
“Let me be an example of things can work out, and I don’t say that like I’m on a pedestal. I have very far to go,” said Brownfield.
You can find Illuminate’s music on Spotify, iTunes, and at: soundcloud.com/illuminateofficial