REBEL

REBEL

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My music is best descibed as visual or reality rap. My style is unpredictable, confident, lyrical, honest and dualistic. My hooks are catchy and melodic. My voice is light but aggressive and is teamed with a groovy/cocky flow that fluctuates with the beat.

Biography

REBEL is an artist in the truest form, unfazed by the growing need to define rappers by cookie cutter molds based on street credibility or flashy club lifestyle. By definition a rebel is an individual who refuses to follow a crowd that forces you to think the same way they do. A true rebel knows who they are and does not compromise their individuality or personal opinion for anyone. They’re straight forward and honest and will sure as hell tell it like it is. REBEL is that individual. There is no one emotion or lifestyle that dictates who he is. His music isn’t image driven but rather a mirror of his life, so the result is material that is riddled with complexity and unpredictability, and grounded in his ideals and the situation of the moment.

Just one listen to REBEL’s music and you’ll be captivated by his catchy and melodic hooks. His light but aggressive voice teamed with a sort of groovy flow that fluctuates with the beat, makes up a sound that is uncanny in comparison to any other artist (major or independent) in music today.

Equally intriguing is his refreshingly honest look into his real person. His music is best described as visual or reality rap. His lyrics take you on an easily visualized journey and touch-on the honest aspects of street life (guns and drugs) without glorifying or harping on them in a need to portray himself as a tough guy. He has a street credibility that has been earned over the years, but is not the basis for his music. His music simply chronicles his life’s ups and downs, allowing people on all levels to see a bit of themselves in his words. His work is motivated by his honest love for the music, his high level or personal confidence and his life motto of “get it if you want it.”

In addition to being a natural born talent with an intoxicating personality, his introduction into the music industry at a young age has made him a force to be reckoned with. In a time where artist development has all but been erased REBEL (solo now, after years in the group Diamonds in da Ruff) comes energized and hungry, but armed with the hard lessons already learned and corrected. He has performed in countless venues across the country, from intimate clubs to large arenas. He has flawlessly finessed his way through press interviews, learned to capitalize on the industry relationships he builds and purged himself of the need to indulge in the seemingly carefree days of life on the road that get so many rappers caught up. He has surrounded himself with an incredible team of people including top producers Ski (Jay-Z, Camp-Lo) and Charlemagne (Jay-Z, Cam’ron, Talib Kweli) and talented newcomers Equinox and E-Nock. He’s focused on the business of music, confident in his hit making ability and ready to work his way to the top of the game.

Born and raised in the streets of Harlem, NY and rapping since the age of 10, REBEL formed the group Diamonds in da Ruff (a.k.a D.I.D.R) in 1996 with fellow Harlem rapper Chink.

A year later, REBEL and his partner caught the attention of Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash and were offered a single deal to solidify their place on the Roc-a-Fella roster. During the time Dame had them in the studio they recorded the hit single We Need the Doe, and off the strength of that single, were offered a single deal by Def Jam Records to secure the song’s placement on the Streets is Watching soundtrack.

By April 1998, D.I.D.R was on the road doing shows and gaining an instant following. Headlining shows for capacity crowds in cities everywhere from Denver and Texas to New York and Boston. REBEL and his partner even opened for Jay-Z numerous times, including sold-out shows at the MCI Center in DC and the Hampton Coliseum in VA.

D.I.D.R’s presence continued to grow as their single Respect appeared on the Hard Knock Life Volume 2 bonus CD and the Black Mask Soundtrack featured their song Life Ain’t Nothing but War. In early 1999, the duo was offered an album deal by Def Jam Records but passed in favor of signing a more lucrative deal with Tommy Boy Records, and in the following two years REBEL would see his dreams fulfilled and broken all in one foul swoop. D.I.D.R’s debut album Walk in My Shoes was mixed, mastered and ready for its summer 1999 release date, the snippet tapes and promotional materials had been created and the single Fire One was being shipped to stores. Jay-Z’s Hard Knock Life Tour was going to jump-start the promotional blitz. Everything was set and just as quickly as it began it came to a crashing halt when due to poor management the group missed the tour and the promotional campaign fell through.

After missing the Hard Knock Life tour REBEL and his partner were left to rely on Tommy Boy to push Fire One, but despite a 20 week run on college radio Tommy Boy couldn’t produce and in 2000 D.I.D.R left the label. A year later they left Roc-A-Fella Records after realizing that by missing the tour they no longer

Lyrics

IF YOU WANT IT

Written By: REBEL

Chorus
When I say I’m leaving to get up out the hood they just call me an American dreaming but I’m tired of the scheming and that’s why I’m leaving a nigger gotta get it on and when I say I’m leaving to be all I can be they just call me an American dreaming but I’m tired of the just dreaming and that’s why I’m leaving a nigger gotta get it on ohhhh go out and get it if you want it( I can’t hear yah) ohhhh go out and get it if you want it( I can’ hear yah)

Verse 1
Yo I’m up early most days at the break of dawn tranna get my paper get my paper long got me doing some capers, capers that I use for songs but I gotta get it on growing up where I’m from I had to carry a gun cause I want nobody tell my moms they blasted her son I got tired of running like Carl Lewis Mal knew it so I retired my shoes and picked up a tool graduated to doing sticks made it do what it do hung wit the local dudes and had a smoke or two and tried to broker moves got your nigger in the game hard guess I gotta get it on

Chorus
When I say I’m leaving to get up out the hood they just call me an American dreaming but I’m tired of the scheming and that’s why I’m leaving a nigger gotta get it on and when I say I’m leaving to be all I can be they just call me an American dreaming but I’m tired of the just dreaming and that’s why I’m leaving a nigger gotta get it on ohhhh go out and get it if you want it( I cant hear yah) ohhhh go out and get it if you want it( I cant hear yah)

Verse 2
I want it I need it which got a nigger OT now tranna make a hundred thousand from a G wow hope I get it flip it and stay up out the penile but everything just went wrong which had me back in New York same corner wit fam drinking a brew wit my crew tranna make up a new plan I need some money my man gotta eat off the land so every scheme every scam I gotta put in my hands I’m in amen hope the lord hold me down but them 4’s on me now just incase he ain’t around cause the game got a nigger going crazy but I’m a find a way to make a little changy

Verse 3
I’m a stop fucking wit the game and make my momma proud Rakim this shit watch how I move the crowd it ain’t work the 1st time this the 2nd time around I guess I gotta get it on and I ain’t coming back without a platinum plaque this time and everyone that don’t believe could just watch me shine I’m young I’m pretty and in the best shape of my life my Fam is wit me cause ain’t nobody loving the life I grew up hard got scars from the boulevard tired of getting jumped brought a pump wit and got it on can’t let my dreams stay shattered your right so I’m a pick up the pieces and hopefully it fix my life

LEGEND

Written By: REBEL

Intro
Rich folks got hero’s but they don’t come here, don’t come here and in the streets we got legends and they change up every year I wanna be a legend that’s what I told my ma I said I wanna be a legend that’s what I told my pa

Verse 1
Maybe I should be like Nicky Barnes and be a heroin don except the snitching shit cause that’s where he went wrong or be like 50cents two hammers in my palms niggers ain’t giving then I guess I’m taking what I want or just say fuck the sticking and send em to the cemetery that a make a nigger Wayne Perry Legendary or get a crew like who’s stopping us and have my town under pressure like the Junior Black Mafia or be like Fritz and find the connects, connect to the connect that’s supplying the town and start locking it down or make a move like Daddy to a OT block come back ballin in them coupes and drops

Chorus
(I said I wanna be a legend) just like the dudes on my Ave that hustle for the cash what I told my ma (I said I wanna be a legend) just like homie in the Jag that waves as he pass what I told my pa (I said I wanna be a legend) I told my teacher in 6th grade what I’m a do is I’m a get paid (I said I wanna be a legend) I could be a Doctor a Lawyer but nah man I’m a be a baller and shot caller

Verse 2
Man the legends I seen was from the Ave dudes known for making cash cars gotta be fast chicks gotta be bad clothes gotta just match constantly popping them tags styling on bitches like huh wilding on niggers like dag those the dudes we wanted to be like yeah we wanted to be like mike but we ain’t never seen homies but I seen Chickie in that Porsche as he speed gone and I seen PO in that BM looking mean Oh and I seen legends out there like Jim Ice, Boy George and my man Corey that they gave life for I heard about the KRS, Slick Ricks, Dana Danes, Big Daddy Kane’s I was fucking wit them hustler names

Verse 3
(Al Capone and Billy The Kid was white Legends and them dudes there is outlaws, outlaws so for a black dude its kinda the same the dudes making change is usually outlaw’s) Unh a million Dollars what I’m out for even if it means death niggers will get left like a south paw I’m stressed thinking bout niggers that had it my man Mane parked his 6 front the bricks which made him Legendary status gotta get mines right now I’m tranna rhyme charts I’m tranna climb so I’m on the grind so when you see me a year or 2 later probably compare me 2 Jay-Z, Biggie and Pac cause I’m a Legend

RAINY DAYZ

Written By: REBEL

Chorus
Rainy Dayz and rainy nights tranna get my paper right, snowy dayz and snowy nights tranna get my paper right, sunny dayz and sunny nights tranna get my paper right a nigger all about his paper, out of town I’m catching flights tranna get my paper right grey hound bus trips tranna get my flips right man yall niggers could just sit home and cry me I’m a get up get out and get this M.O.N.E.Y

Verse 1
All the time man I’m on the grind going hard like Cassius Clay in his prime they say I’m out my mind they say everything that you go thru by the lords design guess like Jay-Z I’m changing clothing lines Roc to that S-dot next plan next plot go from Mr. Can’t Go Right to Mr. Can’t Go Wrong I live every word in my songs so fuck a book you hear my story when your stereos on I’m Mr. BEZ my flow moves the water in your knees for the Doe I break down compounds like keys see I just Rock it and Chop it hit the block make a profit all that hating just stop it I’m Mr. cock it and pop it only niggers chasing paper understands my logic I grew up in the projects did flips by the garbage went from Harlem to Hollywood now your nigger is back and if you ain’t talking scratch you minds well shut up your trap BOYZ

Chorus
Rainy Dayz and rainy nights tranna get my paper right, snowy dayz and snowy nights tranna get my paper right, sunny dayz and sunny nights tranna get my paper right a nigger all about his paper, out of town I’m catching flights tranna get my paper right grey hound bus trips tranna get my flips right man yall niggers could just sit home and cry me I’m a get up get out and get this M.O.N.E.Y

Verse 2
I go from 212 to 201 to 215 I get my cheese cake some cheese steak and then I drive I’m the proof the old Harlem is still alive some say I’m rich reincarnated Harlem’s bout to get revived its alive I ain’t never say it died I’m just saying corny niggers wasn’t repping it right yall niggers throwing up signs me I’m just throwing up 9’s and I don’t care who niggers is Dig I’m going for mines jeah its my time let me shine that’s how I live my life or TLC you creep up on you wit that red light anything that REB like probably get his bread right used to be skinny Fam but guess I’m getting feed right act stupid the thing a come out pain’t a picture of your life I’ll leave your memories out Family 1st know regrets is what my men’s is about and yall gone really hate when BM and the Benz come out BOYZ

Chorus
Rainy Dayz and rainy nights tranna get my paper right, snowy dayz and snowy nights tranna get my paper right, sunny dayz and sunny nights tranna get my paper right a nigger all about his paper, out of town I’m catching flights tranna get my paper right grey hound bus trips tranna get my flips right man yall niggers could just sit home and cry me I’m a get up get out and get this M.O.N.E.Y

Discography

"Puddy" - - single
(S.I.B Entertainment/2007)

"Coming Soon" - - single
(S.I.B Entertainment/2007)

We Still Need the Doe 2006
(S.I.B Entertainment/2006)

Throwback Makeover Vol. 1 hosted by Damon Dash
(S.I.B Entertainment/2004)

WSIB-Radio
(S.I.B Entertainment/2002)

Respect - - Hard Knock Life Vol. 2 bonus CD
(Roc-a-Fella/Tommy Boy Records/1998)

Life Ain't Nothing but War - - Black Mask Soundtrack
(Roc-a-Fella/Tommy Boy Records/1998)

We Need the Doe - - Streets is Watching Soundtrack
(Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam Records/1997)