Authenticity will always be the name of the game in Hip-Hop, even in the midst of more “fiction-based” artists (for lack of a better term). Enter new artist Bale, who hails from South Central, Los Angeles and follows other rappers from his area impacting the culture (ie. Jay Rock, Nipsey Hussle). What makes his story particularly special is that he almost didn’t make it to this point…last August, Bale — real name: Demonte Bell — was shot 28 times in front of his mother’s home on his 25th birthday. Thankfully, the non-gang affiliated emcee survived the shooting and — alongside his Undrafted L.A. movement and with co-signs from the likes of Krondon, Dom Kennedy, G-Perico and Maxo Kream — is still making strides toward greatness.
This leads us to his latest release: this week, Bale unveiled a new track titled “Blow Up,” which sees him reflecting on that fateful day (with references to 50 Cent, who also famously rebounded from his own shooting) while rapping about progressing forward:
Them times getting harder, we’re just tryna benefit
Been running all day, I been chasin’ Benjamins
I been playin’ 50 Cent, I been bumpin’ “Many Men”
‘Fore it all started, I knew I had to finish it
They ask me how I deal with it, s*** I gotta live with it
Everything seem different, the bullets I can still feel it
Working while I’m still healing
Hard to understand why this fake s*** is so appealing…
Check out “Blow Up” below…the track is said to appear on Bale’s forthcoming debut release, Hard Times Shaped Me (of which the official album trailer is also included).
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