When I first heard the lyrics “I just want to pour another drink with my dawg, and I just want sit and talk some shit with my dawg. All the late nights in the club, you never once not showed me love. Because nobody got my back like my dawg” I felt the electric current run through my body, only to jog memories of those who were close to me. T-Rell is a multi-talented artist that can murder your ear drums with conscience rap lyrics, and soothe your soul with his sultry R&B vocals. Of course after following T-Rell and listening to some of his other music that he has concocted, I had to reach out to him to get the exclusives to share with the world. Here is the story of the artist that has music that touched me musically and personally.
Topeka, Kansas native Terrell aka T-Rell was singing since the age of 4. His introduction to music came from his mother who was a singer with a live band. Growing up T-Rell often listened to R. Kelly and other R&B singers of the 90s. It wasn’t until later he started rapping after following the music of iconic rapper Tupac Shakur. “I was really into poetry and I loved listening to Tupac because his music is poetry. I started taking my time to study and learn how to rap. Some of my rap influences were rappers I listened to coming up such as Ludacris, Lil Boosie, and 50 Cent”.
T-Rell incorporated Rap and R&B genres in his music to have a better outlet for his audience. “There are fans that just want to hear me sing, some just want to hear me rap, and there are others that want to hear me do both. Being able to do both allow me brand my music and myself in both of those markets in various areas”. On occasions T-Rell has been compared to Drake when it comes to his style of music, but with a more soulful tone similar to that of Anthony Hamilton.
T-Rell released early December 2015 a remix to a song that touched a lot of fans who lost someone close to them. His hit single “My Dawg” featured not only one of the biggest rap artist in the world, but also his mentor…. Lil Boosie Badazz. This song is a personal track that he respectfully dedicated to his friend, his brother Chris “8Ball” Partee. “We were in a car wreck, and I had fractures in two places in my spine. My friend passed away from complications due to the accident. Once I got the strength to sit up again, I wrote this song for him. This song is very personal for me because everything I said in this song is true. He was with me every day. We were close since I was 15 years old. He was always there to push me to keep going. When I got into doing music, I asked Chris to manage me, and he did that and more to make sure that I was successful. When he passed a big chunk of my heart was gone, but what he did and who he was keeps me inspired. He was real big on family and success. This record is a testament to him, the kind of man he was”.
T-Rell was on tour with Lil Boosie, and I can tell that this was a humbling experience. “After we shot the video for My Dawg, Lil Boosie had me to go on tour with him to debut my single for the first time in my hometown. When he called me out on stage to perform My Dawg, I knew that this was a moment that nobody can take away from me”. T-Rell currently released a track that featured national recording artist Kevin Gates titled “Paid”. The video will be shot in February, so be on the lookout for the music video.
T-Rell has music for every eardrum around the world. I can tell that he has a heart of gold. T-Rell goes to various schools to talk to children about staying in school and also coping with the loss of a close friend. T-Rell even held mini concerts for various schools to support the stop the violence movement.
For more info for tour and show dates, music, and videos T-Rell can be found on the following social media sites:
Twitter and Instagram @TRell785
T-Rell want to say thanks to everyone who rocked with him, and to all his fans he loves you and thanks each and every one of you for your support.
R.I.P. Chris Partee