SUNY Alumnus and Hip-Hop Artist B. Martin Releases SUNY Anthem

February 27, 2013



Hip-Hop Artist B. Martin


Albany — The State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today joined University at Albany graduate Brendan Martin in the official debut of his latest track, “SUNY Anthem.” The song was previewed during the chancellor’s recent State of the University Address and will be used in conjunction with SUNY’s broader marketing efforts.

The music video is available online at B. Martin’s YouTube channel.

"Brendan is a shining example of the success and creativity of our 3 million alumni worldwide," said Chancellor Zimpher. "When we shared a sneak peek of this music video at this year’s State of the University Address, the feedback was positively overwhelming. We are so proud of Brendan’s achievements."

"I wanted to try new concepts and give something back to my college," said Martin. "My friends and I are all really proud that we went to SUNY schools – because they are affordable and top quality – and so I wanted to create something that other SUNY students and alumni could be proud of. I can’t wait to travel around to the SUNY campuses and share this great new song with everyone."


Brendan Martin graduated from the University at Albany’s Business School with a 4.0 GPA. He writes from his own experiences and what he went through growing up as a child. Martin is a rapper/song writer who began establishing himself as a promising hip-hop artist in his hometown of Colonie, New York. He has performed alongside Mac Miller, Lupe Fiasco, Big Sean, Young Jeezy, Snoop Dog and many more.

Brendan has gained a substantial following after winning SUNY Albany’s "Battle of the Bands," T. Pain’s "Motivated" competition, and most recently, Hot 97’s "Who’s Next" competition opening for J. Cole while sweeping the "Battle for the Best" competition at SXSW. Martin performed at Summer Jam sharing the stage with ASAP Rocky, Big K.R.I.T, Azealia Banks, Pusha T, Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar.

For the last 7 months, Brendan has been living in Los Angeles, working with Warner Music, and has recently created a track featuring Kendrick Lamar and Juicy J.

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