Kyle Bent (born August, 12, 1997) is an American rapper from the town of Randolph, Massachusetts. Bent was originally born in Jamaica where he resided until the age of two, before his parents decided to move to the United States.
In third grade, Bent was introduced to the art of freestyle rapping by a close friend of his. Being new to this world, he decided to explore further, which ultimately led him to start experimenting with songwriting. Bent worked to hone this skill. By the fifth grade he had formed a rap duo with another friend of his, which lasted for about a year. Throughout that time, Bent taught himself the basics of audio engineering and recording, which he used to create his first few records.
In 2010, Bent was introduced to a man named Tarik McFarland, who became his music engineer. Tarik saw potential in Bent and took him under his wing, in an attempt to develop him as an artist. Throughout their working together, Tarik helped Kyle construct over seventy songs that were spread throughout five different project releases.
After working with Tarik for about a year, Bent was contacted by a man named Tom Murray who offered to sponsor him. Tom helped Kyle get exclusive placements on sites such as WorldStarHipHop and Datpiff, as well as other notable sites that were setting the tone for hip-hop culture at the time. This allowed Bent to reach more people and expand his fan base.
In 2014, Bent released a music video called “Mind Control” which brought him his first hundred-thousand views on YouTube. The video was featured on MTV, On Demand, Music Choice, as well as other established music networks of the time. It also caught the attention of influential hip-hop blogs such as Undergroundhiphop, HHS97, The Source, XXL, and DJBooth.net. This helped bring more publicity and notoriety to Bent’s name.
In early 2016, as Bent was attending college at Bridgewater State University, he released another music video called “Higher Power”, which was well-received on a site called Reddit. The exposure from the site helped Bent’s video garner over three-hundred thousand views overnight. This led him to get signed by, Denver-based label, “Made in the Shade Records” later that spring.
Since then, Kyle Bent has headlined countless venues and music festivals both within and outside his local region. He completed a U.S tour with American hip-hop artists, Hopsin, Joyner Lucas, and Token in late 2016. Then went on to headline his own East Coast tour early that following year. He has also shared stages with the likes of artists such as Nelly and Machine Gun Kelly.
Ultimately, as an artist, Kyle Bent wants to transcend all boundaries and stigmas that surround rap music. His focus is to leave a positive impact in the lives of those who listen to his music.