Age: 23 Hometown: Washington D.C. Active Since: 2010 Label: MMG/Roc Nation Twitter Handle: @FATTREL
Essential Listening: No Secrets Pros: Maybach Music Group could take him to the next level. Cons: Trel has been making the industry rounds for a couple of years; does MMG have the same muscle it did two years ago?
While the DMV area is known as a basketball breeding ground, the region is more and more becoming home to a sizeable rap scene. The most recent success story was Wale, and it seems like his former Board of Administration comrade and new MMG label mate Fat Trel could be up next. Trel's energy-packed rhymes paint pictures of life on the streets of DC, both through classic d-boy bars as well as more drawn out story telling. His recent signing with Maybach Music Group could boost his career, and cement DC as a player in the hip-hop game. While MMG has seen MCs shoved to the back row (we see you Pill), a stellar verse on the upcoming Self Made Vol. 3, in the vein of Gunplay on "Power Circle," could help Fat Trel blow up sooner than you think. —Max Goldberg