Welcome to Van Brando Nation! A site dedicated to the artistic works of non-other than Van Brando himself. Van Brando is a San Diego based Hip Hop & Metal / Hip Hop Emcee (MC/Rapper). Van Brando's style is unique not only to Daygo, but to SoCal (Southern California) as well. The scene has rarely been exposed to an Artist in the past 10 years who has an original approach to Hip Hop. 

This all changed when Van Brando jumped on the scene. Imagine if Pantera, Slayer, System of a Down, Cradle of Filth and I See Stars were all in a raw musical orgy with Tech N9ne, Immortal Technique, Eminem, Beastie Boys, Hopsin and Necro. The result is not a messy room filled with money shots... It's an artistic display of borderline genius meets insanity. 

In San Diego Van Brando is known as a screamer... Noooooo you sick bastards and confused Hip Hop lovers, not that type of screamer! The screaming Van Brando does, is a well balanced mix between the Underground Hip Hop culture, Metalcore culture and a Tarantino flick. Anytime an Artist can emerge in a flooded, convoluted and confused Underground Hip Hop scene and bring something new to the table... Fans can tell they've stumbled upon a rare gem. 

If you're in Los Angeles (LA), Orange County (OC), San Diego (SD), Nova Scotia (CAN), Zambonia (AFR), Japan (JPN), Netherlands (NL) or somewhere on Sirius B... You can probably hear this dude ripping a mic right now if you listen carefully. Stars pass gas... Van Brando is essentially his own solar system of Hip Hop music fused with the hardcore stylings of a mad man. Van Brando is not looking to be the next star... He's looking to be your next inspiration! 


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Van Brando @ The Tech N9ne - Strictly Strange Tour 17


Catch me opening along the sides of Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, and Ces Cru, as well as the west coast legend Brotha Lynch Hung on April 17th at the House of Blues in my hometown of San Diego.  HOPE TO YOU ALL THERE!!!!! 
Tickets can be purchased HERE


 
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Van Brando San Diego Reader Article by Ken



After “floating” for eight years in a nonproductive, antimusic fog, Brandon Van Ekelenburg found his new creative calling three years ago. The former frontman of a Grossmont High metal band called Hostile Intentions (think: Slayer), Van Ekelenburg found rap. He took the stage name of Van Brando and started rapping with passion about real-life struggles. “I had a guy I worked with at Petco who made rap beats. He said I had a voice for rap and he said I should try it. I laughed my ass off. I said ‘Fuck, no.’
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The Introduction

Alot of cool stuff going on right now and alot of hard work and dedication. Been working around the clock on getting the new album "SHATTERED DREAMS" set for release Late September on ITUNES and AMAZON so stay tuned for that! I also just wana take this time to thank all my fans, friends and family for all the love and support you've been showing since we started this music. You are all so fucking awesome and appreciated and will always be so for as long as I am here. The time is here and in motion for VAN…Read more

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  • Juan

    Juan Bancroft, San Diego CA

    Van Brando is amazing. Rang in the new year last night with his unique style that reminded me of Marshall Mathers mixed with Slipknot. Great music to listen to.

    Van Brando is amazing. Rang in the new year last night with his unique style that reminded me of Marshall Mathers mixed with Slipknot. Great music to listen to.

  • Whoop Whoop

    Whoop Whoop Gathering, U.S.

    I saw Van Brando on the stage this year at The Gathering, this guy blew my MIND! Hope to see him on this West Coast Tour.

    I saw Van Brando on the stage this year at The Gathering, this guy blew my MIND! Hope to see him on this West Coast Tour.

  • Vegan X

    Vegan X San Diego

    Van Brando blows my mind!!! His LIVE show is the best in Daygo!!!

    Van Brando blows my mind!!! His LIVE show is the best in Daygo!!!

  • Gail Woodworth

    Gail Woodworth HuntintonnBeach

    wOULD lOVE TO SEE YOU AND TAKE THE 57 FOR A REAL RIDE IN OCIANSIDE JUST LOST MY MOM, NEED TO GET OUT OF TOWN... MAKE THAT HAPPEN FOR ME ... I WOULD LOVE TO HOOK UP WITH YOU JAMMN1957@YAHOO.COM LET ME KNOW WHEN AND WHERE:love:GAIL

    wOULD lOVE TO SEE YOU AND TAKE THE 57 FOR A REAL RIDE IN OCIANSIDE JUST LOST MY MOM, NEED TO GET OUT OF TOWN... MAKE THAT HAPPEN FOR ME ... I WOULD LOVE TO HOOK UP WITH YOU JAMMN1957@YAHOO.COM LET ME KNOW WHEN AND WHEREloveGAIL

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    Money Mike The Bank

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    Moneyy

  • Jahones

    Jahones OC

    What a badass!

    What a badass!

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    B-Dro San Diego

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UPCOMING SHOWS

Previous events

Date Event Location
Van Brando Kava Lounge, san Diego, CA Kava Lounge, san Diego, CA
It's A Dago Thang 2 Kava Lounge, San Diego, CA Kava Lounge, San Diego, CA
Show Up & Show Out Jumping Turtle, San Marcos, CA USA Jumping Turtle, San Marcos, CA USA
Access Hip Hop Free In Store Performance Access Music, Pacific Beach, CA Access Music, Pacific Beach, CA
The Southern Migration Tour "Bay To Bay Flavors" Kava Lounge, San Diego, CA Kava Lounge, San Diego, CA
VSP Presents Power Couples pt.2 Diamond Jim's, San Diego, CA Diamond Jim's, San Diego, CA
Wax Klik Presents "16 Bar Challenge" Week 1 The Yard, San Diego, CA The Yard, San Diego, CA
DOITFORMUSIC SANDIEGO The Shakedown Bar, San Diego, CA The Shakedown Bar, San Diego, CA
Yin Vs. Yang Undisclosed, San Diego, CA Undisclosed, San Diego, CA
Vic Vsp & MezzAminD Presents Legion X Diamond Jim's, Chula Vista, California Diamond Jim's, Chula Vista, California
Urban UNDERGROUND PROUDLY PRESENTS KRUMB SNATCHA of GANG STARR FOUNDATION the Airliner, Los Angeles, California the Airliner, Los Angeles, California
Vic VSP Presents Van Brando Diamond Jim's, Chula Vista, California Diamond Jim's, Chula Vista, California
Vic VSP Presents Hardy Har diamond Jim's, Chula Vista, California diamond Jim's, Chula Vista, California
Urban UNDERGROUND PROUDLY PRESENTS SEAN PRICE The Airliner, Los Angeles, California The Airliner, Los Angeles, California
Monday Fusion Lava Lounge, Las Vegas Lava Lounge, Las Vegas
VSP SUNDAYS Featuring Black Mikey Diamond Jims, Chula Vista, California Diamond Jims, Chula Vista, California
URBAN UNDERGROUND PROUDLY PRESENTS GUILTY SIMPSON & APOLLO BROWN Airliner Bar, Los Angeles, California Airliner Bar, Los Angeles, California
Mezzamind Presents The Nightmare Before XMAS Kava Lounge, San Diego, California Kava Lounge, San Diego, California
VIC VSP presents Gavlyn Diamond Jims, Chula Vista, California Diamond Jims, Chula Vista, California
Vic Vsp Presents Cane Dubb Diamond Jim's, chula vista, ca Diamond Jim's, chula vista, ca

ALBUMS

"Against The Grain" Now Available (Click Image)

"Against The Grain" Now Available (Click Image)

"Shattered Dreams"  (Click Image)

"Shattered Dreams" (Click Image)

GET RECORDED AT MULTI-PLAYER PRODUCTIONS NOW!" 
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GET RECORDED AT MULTI-PLAYER PRODUCTIONS NOW!" (Click Image)