Born on July 12, 1988 in Newark, New Jersey, Derrick Avent who stages under the name “Reb” moved to a small town in
the south known as Blakely, Ga at the age of 5 where he attended school and graduated in 2006. At the age of 17, He moved to Atlanta, Ga to start his new life. Music has been a part of his daily life since the tender age of 12. Rapping over tapes or whatever source he can use to get his music out. Growing up was tough in his neighborhood being that it wasn’t enough jobs and his mother raising five kids. Opportunities never showed up for him as it did for others but that didn’t discourage him. It actually made him a stronger individual. Never having anything at an early age made him humble and thankful for the things that he did obtain in life.
His major influences in music is Bone Thugz-N-Harmony, Jay-Z, 2Pac, Nas, B.I.G, Method Man & Redman, Fabolous, Young Jeezy, Drake, Lil Wayne and J. Cole. His style of music has no limitations. Whether its Country or Techno, Reb always gained new ideas about music by expanding his mind. Personal hardships conflicted him but that didn’t alter his speed much. “As long as you strive, you will drive,” as he put it. Finally getting over the fear of taking risks, he decided to pursue his dream of a rapper. He knew that it will be a tough road but with his poised personality, Reb knew he would go farther than he perceived.
Life is full of possibilities and you never know how great they are until you’re on your course to actually achieving it. He put his trust in God and stepped out of the door to Life. Reb always had a passion for music but he never expected it to go anywhere. So he thought of it as a hobby. Starting to build more confidence with every song he wrote, he realized it was more than a hobby. Its a way of life. His east coast swagger with a hint of southern hospitality puts Reb in a hybrid category. Reb writes about the hardships of the ghetto, everyday life, the dream, and positivity and of course “The Game.” If he knows a plan to succeed, He is very humble to pass it on to others.
His plan is to get the “Young Movement” to start thinking positive with positive motivational raps and to have an open mind. If you cut off everyone else feedback, then you are one dimensional. “And in this world, that is no way to be,”Reb states. He know this life won’t be easy but he has accepted this life as his own. In God he trusts.
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