Stockton, CA rapper MBNel shares his Child Of The Trenches 2 EP, available via Muddy Boyz/EMPIRE. In the 6-track second installment of his Trenches series, MBNel gives hope to his fans while delivering raw, honest lyrics about the struggles of growing up in his hometown. While he delves into his life with gangs, drugs, family, and newfound success, the new EP traces his rollercoaster journey from poverty to fame.
MBNel explains, “There are trenches all around the world no matter where you go. That reality means a lot of people are struggling, and many from a young start. Part 2 continues to shed light on this but with more melodic sounds. Songs like ‘Sincerely’ and ‘Thru The Night’ get personal with some of the darker times in my life, while ‘Bacdoe’ is a more aggressive track. On ‘DTP,’ I switch it up to show a lighter side of my personality, then I end the EP with 2 very West Coast beats of pure rapping and talking shit with ‘Lingo’ and ‘Alley Oop’ featuring the homie Fenix Flexin. This project gives my fans an extended look into my life and my music.”
Alongside the album, MBNel is also releasing his new music video “Sincerely.” In the hopeful song, he speaks to his mother about how rapidly his life has changed. The visual includes intimate home video clips from his childhood in Stockton, glimpses of his life before he found success.
His first single “Thru The Night” delivers a melodic track that sheds light on his most difficult times on the streets. In an open mic performance of the track, the defiant rapper hits the sunny California coast to reflect on the darkness of his past gang life. UPROXX included the song in their All The Best New Rap Music To Have On Your Radar and said MBNel “is offering a glimmer of light in these dark moments.”
Stockton, CA rapper MBNel is a promising young rapper and first-generation Filipino-American that survived the street wars associated with gang culture, drugs and poverty. Inspired by real-life struggles, trials and tribulations he began writing raps in high school to share his stories and give listeners a new sense of hope.
As an independent artist he’s gained over 100 Million combined streams across 79 countries in the past year. While XXL, Hypebeast, Elevator, Lyrical Lemonade, HipHopDX, AllHipHop, Thizzler On The Roof and more have said he’s an artist to watch.
Influenced by Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Nipsey Hussle and Mozzy and Chicago rappers G Herbo, Lil Bibby and Lil Durk who share a similar reality growing up around gang culture and use rap to share their story.
In 2017, he invested in his first official music videos “Love My Gang” and “Pose’ To” that immediately gained 20,000 views in the first week. The videos now have 4 million combined views. In 2018, he dropped his debut mixtape Forever. The mixtape featured the hit song “In My City” that has over 10 Million combined streams along with “Day Onez” that has over 5 million. Next he collaborated on The Yellow Tapes with Long Beach rapper $tupid Young featuring the hit “On Me” that has 6 million combined streams. Thizzler On The Roof partnered to release his mixtape Lifestyle and soon after MBNel became the #1 most-searched artist on the site for a month straight.