MBNel is a first-generation Fil-Am raised in Stockton, California. His music is inspired by his own struggles in a city deemed as “one of the most dangerous cities in America” according to Forbes Magazine. The tough upbringing allows him to use rap to shine a light on his city and illuminate hope. His latest single I Know 2 addresses the struggle of making the hard choices in life.
In his latest release of I Know 2, it is a follow up to his 2019 single, I Know. MBNel drops bars showing the variations of lifestyles. He makes the hard decisions of navigating through his career even if his whole family doesn’t agree. The verses talk about being careful in making choices, but also realizing it’s not possible to please everyone. However, MBNel points out that if there’s no risk, there’s no reward. There’s no direction if there isn’t a goal and that has to be the focus. MBNel continues to perfect his craft and creates lyrics that are raw and real.
MBNel made his music debut with the mixtape Forever distributed via Bay Area tastemakers Thizzler On The Roof. The tape featured the breakout song, In My City that has over 10 million streams and Day Onez that racked up another 4.5 million streams. He also teamed up with Long Beach rapper $tupid Young for the track On Me. His followup mixtape Lifestyle also distributed by Thizzler On The Roof came with an accompanying MBNel documentary. The success and feedback led to a wider audience and new collaboration with Bay Area artists Mozzy, Philthy Rich, and more. Hypebeast calls MBNel a “fast rising Northern California native.”