With a soulful singing voice and confessional lyrics, Topeka, Kansas’ finest artist T-Rell is not afraid to wear his emotions on his arm. Coming in hot with an inspirational new full-length, T-Rell announces Can’t Stop Me, his upcoming album. On the album, the young rapper/singer discusses common problems with uncommon emotion, pouring his heart and soul into each lyric and melodic notation. Inspired by the tragic death of his brother, the discipline of the album’s lead single “My Dawg,” Can’t Stop Me is a cathartic listen, inspired by the soulful street music of Boosie Badazz, who appears on two of the album’s tracks. Featuring appearances from Kevin Gates, Moneybagg Yo, Mozzy, Ray Ray, Mo3, Xta-C, and others, the EMPIRE-distributed Can’t Stop Me arrives on January 12th.
Explains T-Rell, “Growing up in Topeka, I didn’t hold anyone in the industry to look up to, so it’s weird because I look up to someone from a completely different part of the country; Boosie. I resonated with Boosie’s struggle and the pain in his music. What I was living through growing up, he was rapping about. He knew my pain. I was always a big RnB fan too though. I grew up loving Tyrese and Jamie Foxx.”
To accompany the announcement of Can’t Stop Me, T-Rell shares “Issues,” the latest single from the project. With a dramatic, piano-laden instrumental, “Issues” is a starkly honest trap ballad, finding T-Rell opening up about his struggles with loss and his come-up in the music industry. Featuring an appearance with Moneybagg Yo, “Issues” is the Can’t Stop Me thesis statement, laying out T-Rell’s problems and figuring out a roadmap to work through them with music.
Born and brought up in Topeka, Kansas, a town with a minuscule music industry, T-Rell grew up loving rap and R&B, idolizing artists as disparate as Tyrese, Jamie Foxx, and Lil Boosie. In 2014, T-Rell and his brother 8 Ball were driving home from one of the T-Rell’s concerts when they grew into a catastrophic car accident, leaving 8 Ball dead and T-Rell injured. This life-altering moment motivated T-Rell to get serious about his music, as music became the ultimate issue of T-Rell’s emotional expression. Inspired by his brother’s tragic death, T-Rell released “My Dawg,” which got a massive regional hit and trickled into the national consciousness, eventually spawning a remix with Boosie. A quintessential mournful rap song along the courses of “Tha Crossroads” by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, T-Rell performs “My Dawg” at memorial services around the country, especially in Starkville, MS, where the song became a rallying cry for a community that lost a teenage boy. Since “My Dawg,” T-Rell has worked with creative people such as Kevin Gates, Young Dolph, and many more.
T-Rell opens up about the car accident that killed his brother: “We were driving home from one of my shows and got into an accident where the car flipped 5 times, I survived, my brother died. I made ‘My Dawg’ about losing my brother and it blew up. My city got behind me and it spread from there. Then my friend, who was a promotor from Wichita, KS, got me to open up for my favorite rapper, Boosie for two shows and then I went on to open up for him for more shows. He saw my hustle, heard the song, and jumped on the remix.”
Can’t Stop Me tracklist:
1. Issues feat Moneybagg Yo
2. Back in the day feat. Mo3
3. I Got To Remix Feat. Boosie BadAzz
5. I’m Sorry
6. Wish you well Feat. Ray Mi
8. Big Boy Whippin Feat. Xta-c
9. Keep Hustlin Feat. Mozzy ,Paul Wall ,Ampichino
10. Money to Make
11. My Dawg ft Boosie Badazz
12. Paid ft Kevin Gates