Fat Trel whose real name is “Martrel Reeves” was born in D.C. on June 26, 1990. At the young age of seven, while his peers were discussing their dreams of becoming doctors and lawyers, he was professing his dreams of one day becoming a rap artist. Skeptical on the possibilities of using his education to support his family, he dropped out of high school at the young age of 15 to follow his rap dreams, a path he’s still dedicated to till this day.
Fat Trel is often praised by critics for being a great storyteller in his songs, which has helped him grace an audience spanning from his hometown of DC to LA. His flow is seen as uncut and raw, and is often compared to the harsh streets of DC. One thing that stands out with him is that his songs often detail his life in DC, and he’s not just pretending to be from the streets for the glamour it adds to his rapping career.
In 2010, after catching the attention of rapper wale, Fat Trel was quickly signed to Wale’s Board of Administration record label. While at Board of Administration, he dropped his first solo mixtape titled ‘No Secrets’, which was well received by fans and critics. In 2011, he received some recognition for his hard work by being presented with the ‘Breakout Artist of the Year’ award from the DMV. His relation with Wale’s Board of Administration label would prove to be a short one; he was soon released from the label after releasing his ‘No Secrets’ mixtape.