Meet Kyle Bent, the 19-year-old currently dominating the Boston underground hip-hop scene:
Born in Jamaica and raised in Randolph, Massachusetts, Kyle Bent found his love for music in the third grade and has been making music ever since. Now 19 years old, Bent has established himself as a prominent member of the underground hip-hop scene.
Bent released his most recent album Complex Simplicity this past year, his third full length album, and it is some of his best work yet. Bent is a mature, poetic lyricist with honesty in everything he says and does, and his music evokes that completely. Overall, his goal is to “transcend all boundaries and stigmas that surrounded rap music.” His main concern being not whether his music fit the mold of hip-hop, electronic, soul, or any other genre, but only that his music impacts the listener as deeply as possible. For this reason, the spiritual nature within Bent is evident. His music is more than just a surface experience. He created music to reach people within, and with such in mind, it seems he speaks to them within as well. Bent’s outlook is that “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.” This deeper idea on the impact of music just proves the insight, almost a third eye if you will, that Bent seems to be taking on music as a whole. And with that deeper outlook comes a natural care in his music you can’t find elsewhere. Because of how much Bent strives for each and every listener to get out of their experience, he puts in just as much love and passion, if not more, into each piece of work he creates.
Bent’s poetic and honest music style acts as a catalyst for a new wave of unchained art in the music industry. Bent doesn’t want to conform to one genre or style, he merely strives to be himself and do what he loves in hopes that other people will follow in those footsteps and enjoy the beauty of music. He believes “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.” For someone so young, Bent’s got big dreams. But his youth and excitement for the years to come energizes his art to new lengths, bringing a freshness and life to his work that is often lacking in much of the music out today. Listen to his most recent single “Love Someone” here:
The end of this month will bring about Bent’s first headlining tour. Check out his dates and cities, he might be bringing his good vibes to a venue near you:
Can’t make it to one of his shows? Listen to Complex Simplicity in its entirety here, and be sure to follow him on Spotify for more music!
And check out our interview with Bent from On The Verge, the exclusive radio and talk show of Verge Campus BU: