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"UBO Magazine Review"

Rebel, Harlem, New York native’s album, "We Still Need the Doe 2006" spits rhymes soft yet with a hardcore anthem raised up behind him throughout all his songs.

Working with people and labels such as Jay-Z on his "Hard Knock Life, Volume II" bonus album and the “Black Mask" movie sound track album and with Damon Dash on Rebel’s second solo album in ’04, entitled, "Throwback Makeover Vol.1." Rebel is also seen in Jay-Z’s video, "Streets is Watching” and the movie, "State Property."

Each song has the unique taste that Rebel wants to provide to the people. This sound shows hard in songs like, "Truly Real (Trill)," produced by Charlemagn who has worked with Jay-Z, Cam’ron, The Diplomats and Talib Kweli.

"Eastside," produced by Ski Beats [Jay-Z and Camp-Lo] has a solid beat, sounding like a true East-Coast Gansta anthem.

To learn more about Rebel, check him out at -

" review"

“The mixtape is a powerful phenomenon of the hip hop world, and We Still Need the Doe 2006 should propel Reb back into the spotlight. Solid East Coast – style beats from big name producers Charlemagne (Cam’ron, Talib Kweli) and Ski Beats (Jay-Z) coupled with smooth flowing, hungry lyrics give this mixtape a big studio varnish that sets Reb apart from the bulk of ambitious independent rappers out there.” - Metro

" review"

“Backed by beats from Charlemagne and Ski Beats, REBEL shows his cocky, piercing flow over a variety of beats.” -


"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)

(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)



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