Today, Stockton, CA rapper MBNel shares “Thru The Night,” the lead single from his upcoming 6-song Child of The Trenches II EP. Alongside a steady, confident beat produced by ImThaOne, MBNel sheds light on his harshest times on the streets and gives his fans a new sense of hope. 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.
“Whatever y’all are battling or struggling with in life, things will get better and brighter on the other side…even if it looks like it’s staying dark right now,” explains MBNel.
Child of The Trenches II EP is available on September 24 via Muddy Boyz/EMPIRE. MBNel joined influencer @EinerBankz recently for an acoustic freestyle of another track from the project “Sincerely” that you can watch on his Instagram page here
. The new EP is the second installment of his Trenches series that kicked off in July. Child Of The Trenches EP features included Blxst and Rucci with production from platinum producers Mike Crook and Keanu Beats.
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Stockton, CA rapper MBNel survived the streets wars growing up in “one of the most dangerous cities in America.” A first-generation Filipino-American, his music is inspired by personal struggles with gang life, drugs and poverty. Influenced by artists Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Nipsey Hussle and Mozzy, he also relates heavily to Chicago rappers like G Herbo, Lil Bibby and Lil Durk who share a similar reality growing up around gang culture and use rap to share their stories. Elevator
declares he’s “one of the hottest up-and-coming rappers in music [with an] authentic sound that carries lyrics with actual substance.”
In 2015, around his junior and senior years in high school, MBNel began writing and recording raps while putting together music videos himself. In April 2017, he invested in his first official video for “Love My Gang,” which saw 20,000 views its first week and currently at over 2 Million views. A month later he dropped another hit, “Pose’ To” that followed similar success. The songs led to inquiries for performances and interviews and collaborations with artists across his region.
In 2018, he dropped his mixtape debut with Forever in partnership with local tastemakers Thizzler On The Roof. Forever featured the hit “In My City
” that has racked up over 10 Million streams to date and “Day Onez” that gained another 4.5 Million streams. That same year, he teamed up with Long Beach rapper $tupid Young for their fan-favorite “On Me
” to launch the first installment of their The Yellow Tapes mixtape series. Thizzler On The Roof teamed up again for his next mixtape Lifestyle and an accompanying documentary about MBNel’s life in Stockton. After the new mixtape and documentary release, MBNel became the #1 most-searched artist on the site for a month straight. The success and feedback led to new fans and new collaborations with popular Bay Area artists Mozzy, Philthy Rich and more.
EMPIRE Records reached out in 2019 to sign MBNel and release his projects Misunderstood, Countin’ Bands EP and Born To Win. MBNel’s latest release is the mixtape series Child Of The Trenches and Child Of The Trenches II.