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 relocate. In third grade, Bent met his close friend Sean Fontes, who introduced him to the art of rapping. Bent wasn’t too familiar with the hip-hop culture, although he did admire artists such as Ludacris, Andre 3000, and Lil Wayne as an early adolescent.
After being introduced to freestyling and songwriting, Kyle worked to hone his newly discovered skill in a decision that eventually molded his entire life. By fifth grade, Kyle had formed his first rap duo with a close friend, Andrew Gourgue. They would both write lyrics to popular instrumentals and record them on jamglue.com in Bent’s basement using his Logitech microphone. It wasn’t before long that Kyle taught himself how to use audio recording software such as Audacity, Adobe Audition, Protools, Sony Vegas and various other music recording programs. Bent continued to teach himself, and by the age of thirteen he was recording decent quality and well-organized rap records in the closet of his new home.
Fast forward to the summer of 2010; Bent was introduced to his current music engineer, Tarik McFarland. Tarik saw the talent that Bent possessed at such a young age and decided to take him under his wing and develop him as an artist. He helped Bent construct over seventy songs. After working with Tarik for a year and a half, Bent was contacted by a man named Tom Murray who wanted to sponsor him and make Kyle the “Next Big Thing”. Three of Kyle’s music videos landed on the front pages of WORLDSTARHIPHOP and his second mixtape got on the front page of Datpiff. Overall, this pushed Bent to a new level of notability; he was now in the public eye and his fans loved him.
Over the years of working with both Tom and Tarik, he released two full projects, and continued to release three more projects separately only with Tarik as Tom became faulty with communication. By the age of fifteen, Bent had already released three mixtapes and six music videos, all of which had impressive numbers despite his limited resources. In 2014, Bent released his highly acclaimed music video, “Mind Control” which landed him his first 100k views; this got him featured on, MTV, On Demand, Music Choice, and many other prominent television networks. It also caught the attention of many influential hip-hop music blogs; hip-hop advocates such as Undergroundhiphop, HHS97, The Source, XXL, and DJBooth.net all enjoyed the message and style that Bent displayed in his music video, and began to passionately support him.
Since then, Kyle Bent has headlined at countless venues and music festivals both within his local neighborhood in Massachusetts and outside of it. He has not only opened up for artists such as Machine Gun Kelly and Yonas, but has also graced various stages ranging from the Palladium in Worcester to SXSW in Texas. He even performed alongside the likes of Ras Kass, Gavelyn, Pawz One, R-mean and many others. This is just the beginning. He’s already achieved tremendous success, and Kyle Bent is still only 18 years old.
When approaching the subject matter of most his lyrics, Kyle was often inspired by the idea of bringing people closer together through music. He believed that he was part of a generation that felt more than they spoke and were constantly in a conflict of trying to understand themselves and their purpose in the world. He also realized that he lived in a time where many people were beginning to reconnect with themselves and explore new boundaries of thought. Technology was surging, new forms of self expression were emerging, and people over the world were beginning to connect with each other in ways that were never before thought possible. Since the beginning of time, music has always been around to document humanities evolutionary progress and Kyle was aware that as the world went through this new growth period, music would still be there, evolving just as the world did.
Ultimately, as an artist, Kyle Bent decided his goal would be to transcend all boundaries and stigmas that surrounded rap music. His main concern would not be whether his music classified as hip-hop, electronic, soul, or any other genre, but only that the lyrics impacted the listener as deeply as possible. With time, he suspected that positive music, along with the proper promotional platform, would be a major key in transforming the world into a better place for people to live in — he made it his sole mission to help facilitate that change.