With his raspy delivery and introspective lyrics, Minnesota rapper, singer, and producer Bobby Raps gained national attention as part of St. Paul collective the Stand4rd. He started rhyming and producing beats while still in high school, self-releasing his debut mixtape, Gimme Daps, during his senior year. A talented battle rapper, the young MC went on to open for E-40 and Too $hort. After connecting with local R&B singer Spooky Black (aka Corbin), the pair began recording. Their first track, "Ready," caught the attention of Psymun and Allen Kingdom, who joined the duo to form the Stand4rd. The quartet issued their self-titled debut in 2014 and went on to sell out their first tour. As a solo artist, Bobby Raps continued to record outside of the collective, going viral with "Feed the Streets," which was featured on the promotional mixtape Watch the Stove. In 2015, he released the couch potato EP with Corbin and the Wicked City collaboration with producer SinGrinch. Signing with Republic Records, Bobby Raps released his debut LP, MARK, in 2017. The LP featured production by Shlohmo and D33J on 14 tracks of his woozy Auto-Tuned croon and emotional raps. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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