FAT TREL BIO
Momma knows best, and that just goes without saying. Fat Trel learned an important lesson from his mother as a kid, and now it’s a way of life for the Maybach Music Group MC.
“My mom always said, ‘If you have the luxury of friends checking up on you every day, tell them truth. Don’t lie to them’,” he smiles. “I love telling the truth about everything. I would never lie.”
That honesty remains the most striking aspect of his music to this day. With robust cadence and an airtight flow, the Washington D.C. native delivers a no-holds barred knockout blow every time he takes the mic. It’s a style that he cultivated while coming up at open mic nights in underground clubs at 18-years-old, and he’s sharpened it. The artist had just begun to garner a fervent local following, when everything came crashing down in 2009. During a shocking turn of events, a friend opened fire on him, leaving him wounded and bloody. The injury required nearly a month of bed rest, and he experienced a bit of a revelation.
“It definitely gave me more motivation,” confides Trel. “I was home twenty-four hours straight for weeks. I just started writing like crazy. When I was fully recuperated, I went ten times harder with everything.”
Moving on from the open mics, he would turn up outside of popular clubs in the area at closing time and put on guerilla-style free concerts in the street. Soon, he began bringing those same shows to college campuses including Howard University, George Mason, Georgetown, Virginia State, and more. All the while, he dropped the viral hit “Respect With The Teck”, which quickly shot past the million-mark on YouTube. Juicy J, Joey Bada$$, and more began seeking him out as an opener as he unleashed acclaimed mixtapes like 2012′s Nightmare On E Street.
2013 saw everything change once again for Trel though. Fellow D.C. native and longtime friend Wale made an important phone call that would change Trel’s life. In the midst of Summer Jamconcerts together, Wale handed his phone over to Trel. On the other end was none other than Maybach Music Group C.E.O. Rick Ross.
“I couldn’t believe it,” he goes on. “The whole situation just went from there. Before I even started rapping, Ross was my number one rapper of all-time. He’s my favorite, straight up. It was the most incredible thing. I knew my music would fit that MMG lifestyle. They’re different. It’s a bunch of young guys hustling to get to the top. Why not be a part of something like that? It’s big. It’s monumental. It’s powerful. Everything about Ross makes you want to push harder. You want to strive for that greatness. It’s not about the money. It’s about the music. It’s about the movement.”
Speaking of music, Trel’s first official single for the label and entry on DJ Scream’s Hunger Pains collection, “She Fell In Love”, instantly captured listeners. Emphasizing his cinematic storytelling and impressive rhymes, it’s a different kind of “love” song.
He declares, “You can’t knock love. There’s crazy love. There’s school love. There’s college love. You’ve got that homeless love too! You’ve got rich love. You’ve got broke love. You can’t fight it. In my case, it’s about a girl in the song. We hear a lot of things about each other. Everybody’s got that one relationship where a lot of people have things to say about him and her. For them to stick together and say, ‘Fuck what everybody’s talking about’, it’s a beautiful thing. Love is a powerful drug.”
Through it all, he also maintains a close connection to his hometown, preserving its spirit within each anthem. “That’s very important,” Trel says. “I say something about D.C. in every single song, and I will until the day I do. Washington D.C. made me who I am. It’s important to me in my heart and soul.”
When Trel drops his first full-length for the label, the world will experience his honesty up close and personal.
“I don’t give a fuck,” he leaves off. “I say whatever I want, however I want, and whenever I want. I want to relate to everybody. When people are happy they can listen to me. When they’re fucked up, they can listen to me. I’ve got that young ratchet sound. I want to represent the have-nots and the people who don’t have it all. That’s where I came from.”