REGGAE | DANCEHALL | HIP-HOP
“What is a rebel but a man who is able to say yes to the impossible and no to the ordinary?” – Anonymous
It’s apparent that in today’s Mainstream Music Industry, pundits of all shapes and sizes like to put an artist in a box. For instance, one might hear repeatedly that Jay-Z is classic New York City hip-hop, while Whitney Houston was categorized as a straight-no-chaser R&B singer; sub-genre guys like Daddy Yankee are strictly Reggaeton and David Guetta is strictly for the clubs. With all this labeling and defining the musician’s music, it’s often an industry breakthrough when one finds an artist that’s impossible to categorize. In walks HonoRebel, a name so fitting for someone who enjoys rebelling against the status quo. Born in the ghettos of Kingston Jamaica, 74 Rum Lane to be exact and then grew up in August Town.
HonoRebel is the youngest of six children who were raised by a single mother. He remembers his childhood as being a rough uphill struggle, often riddled with street violence and poverty. In fact, HonoRebel’s two
eldest brothers were murdered by such unnecessary gang violence that often overtook HonoRebel's daily activities. With all the negative events that surrounded his early life, it was by fate that HonoRebel was heavily exposed to music.
Growing up in the heart of Reggae Culture, it was no surprise that HonoRebel would be exposed to the thundering bass lines of the local sound systems. Jamaican Dancehall Artists such as King Yellow Man and
Popa San played a major role in keeping the young HonoRebel off the streets. Instead of focusing on crime, he was now focusing on music; instead of picking up a gun, he was picking up an instrument or a microphone! This passion eventually led him to learn how to play the trumpet and he soon found himself playing in various bands in and out of school. In HonoRebel's own words, “I didn’t find music, music found me.”